Bethesda has put out a lot of games marketed directly toward the hardcore gaming market, the really hardcore market. When you look at games like Fallout 3 or any of The Elder Scrolls games, including the fifth game, Skyrim, they require a little bit more than just a passive commitment to fully enjoy. Not just limited to the games they develop, Bethesda will also be publishing RAGE, Prey 2, and the upcoming and recently announced title, Dishonored. From this kind of company strategy, to create fulfilling and engaging games, comes the one conclusion that Bethesda will not ever be making a “casual” or otherwise known as “social” game.
It’s not an entirely surprising piece of news given the company’s history, but certainly is reassuring to know Bethesda won’t be creating any kind of addictive social gaming craze and is instead concentrating on delivering wide-open, expansive, and in-depth game experiences that could take the better part of a year to see the entirety of. For everyone else, you can still play Angry Birds.
Bethesda marketing vice president, Pete Hines, had a few things to say regarding Bethesda’s policy on creating games, starting with what the company is most well known for: Big games.
“That’s not where our interests lie. That’s not what we’re known for and it’s not the kind of stuff we’ve traditionally done. I think we’re pretty self-aware in terms of who we are and what kind of games we make, and we want to keep trying to make those games bigger and better, and not go off and do something that is completely different that we don’t have a lot of expertise and knowledge of.”
Hines went on to say that individuals who buy one game associated with Bethesda would be more apt to buy another game associated with the company. The proof will be in the coming months when Bethesda unleashes a pretty hefty library of games forth.
Bethesda will be releasing RAGE on October 4, 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. One month later, Skyrim releases November 11, 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
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Source: VG 24/7