Deep Silver Wants To Make Metro Mainstream
The great thing about Deep Silver buying the Metro series is that it will have a very possible future. The problem with that is, at what cost to gamers will this future exist?
Over the last few years we have become accustom to games being modified from original gameplay to a very audience-orientated approach. This has also become evident with Blizzard’s massively popular World of Warcraft franchise. Last year, Blizzard’s Mists of Pandaria patch made the game very accessible to newcomers.
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Deep Silver feels like this is the exact way forward for the Metro series. CEO of the company, Klemens Kundratitz (say that slowly..), has said: “Our ambition is to absolutely continue with that brand and we will also, in the next phase, look to making it more accessible for a broader gamer audience.”
Metro: Last Light is the second installment in the series, and it follows on from Metro 2033. In essence, the games are somewhat different: Metro 2033 was more raw, and in its own world. Last Light expanded on that experience, and it is now expected that future games will expand even further.
The general idea of adapting a game for a wider audience raises a lot of questions, and even more important questions when dealing with a very niche game such as Metro. Is it possible to create a game for a wider audience without changing the design of the game, and the whole idea of why it is like it is?
We are yet to find a definitive answer for that. At the moment, changes to audience generally means a drastic change to the game.
To achieve their goals, Deep Silver will need to consult the license holder for Metro’s intellectual property. Kundratitz commented on this with, “It is true with a license you have to be aligned with the license holder.”
“In this case it’s [Metro 2033 author] Dmitry Glukhovsky who holds the license and he’s a great guy. He enjoys the game, the success of the game and we have a good relationship. He is a great contributor. Also, going forward, as he has been very positive contributing to the last game — I think he can play an active role for whatever comes in the future.”