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InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Feb 22nd 2019 at 11:01:47 PM

I would imagine writer teams where every writer has one or two characters that they spearhead would have directed editing sessions. They spearhead that character, sure, but probably everyone gives certain input and ideas on what that character could do in certain mandated scenes.

To give context, Bioware Romances tend to have specific number of scenes in lead up to their culmination. I'd imagine they'd HAVE to work with other writers to get ideas on how to pace that out properly (i.e. A writer with unlimited resources would have difference paces per romance, but we don't have unlimited so you get 3-5 scenes each romance arc), how to make best use of assets (We already diverted resources to giving x a specific set piece and have to make cuts so let's edit y's romance story so we don't need a set piece we cannot make), and maybe other little ideas here and there on how to help each other give good framing and context to each other's character narratives.

There's no way you could have, say, Cullen and Dorian playing Not!Chess without getting both of their writers involved, so having a writers room meeting to direct that seems logical.

deludedmusings Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Mar 20th 2019 at 5:28:54 PM

So, Outer Worlds is going to be a 12 month exclusive for the Epic Store.

Is it better than Origin, at least?

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TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Mar 20th 2019 at 5:36:27 PM

...that's somewhat discouraging.

Epic and Origin are, to my mind, in the same standing these days. Which one you get depends on which specific issues you want to have to deal with.

Personally, I wouldn't go with any of them if the choice was available, but exclusives like these kinda force matters.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to sit in a corner and hope they change their minds before release.

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Mar 20th 2019 at 6:13:42 PM

[up][up] No, no, no and no. Epic Store is utter trash and no game has launched on it problem-free as of yet. For example, the recent launch of Metro Exodus.

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Siegfried1337 Smug Grail from Fuyuki Relationship Status: Staying up all night to get lucky
Smug Grail
Mar 20th 2019 at 8:21:30 PM

Well... Looks like the tables have turned, to say the least.

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Mar 20th 2019 at 8:27:22 PM

Steamís also a crash happy garbage fire, so I donít see this as that big a deal.

InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Mar 20th 2019 at 9:20:59 PM

I have never had a problem with Steam. Others I cannot say the same for.

onyhow Too much adorableness from Land of the headpats Relationship Status: Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Too much adorableness
Mar 20th 2019 at 9:24:51 PM

Apparently the deal was made by Private Division behind Obsidian's back, if this is true.

Seriously, fuck this exclusivity. If you want to release it, do it on all plats. Especially considering that Obsidian was already committed to Steam release beforehand.

@The Lovecraftian: Not happening. Contract's already signed. Sucks, yes, but, well...

Edited by onyhow on Mar 20th 2019 at 9:47:02 AM

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TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:06:50 AM

[up]Oh, let me dream tongue

[up][up][up]Steam is leagues ahead of Origin and Epic in that respect. It's far more stable and functional than Epic currently is and Origin ever was. Plus, unlike Origin, it doesn't ask me to reset my password every time I log in from the browser instead of the launcher.

M84 Such heroic nonsense from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Such heroic nonsense
Mar 21st 2019 at 12:35:29 AM

Steam has tons of issues concerning curation and what not, but in terms of actual performance and stability, it's still the front-runner.

Disgusted, but not surprised
UltraWanker Society Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Society
Mar 21st 2019 at 2:47:40 AM

Not sure how to feel about Epic Store embracing the reputation of a one-trick pony that snags temporal exclusivity from games supposed to release on another launcher in the last minute. They're essentially asking Valve to do the same, and when the only factor in such scenario becomes "which one has better functions," they better have a long-term plan.

Edited by UltraWanker on Mar 21st 2019 at 2:54:24 AM

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Mar 21st 2019 at 3:29:04 AM

It'll also be available immediately on the Microsoft Store, for what it's worth. I know what you're thinking: 'Wow, the ultimate storefront!'

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TheLovecraftian Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Mar 21st 2019 at 3:38:19 AM

Which makes it an exclusive to every person not in ownership of a windows computer.

The Linux guys must be so jealous right now.

Although now that I say that, I would have to actually use the Windows Game Store, and that doesn't sound very appealing either.

Edited by TheLovecraftian on Mar 21st 2019 at 7:38:34 AM

UltraWanker Society Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
Society
Mar 21st 2019 at 3:39:31 AM

The Windows Store is actually alright now, all things considered.

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Bur Chaotic Neutral from Flyover Country Relationship Status: Not war
Mar 21st 2019 at 4:49:36 AM

I'm put off Epic just because I keep on getting emails about attempted log-ins.

i. hear. a. sound.
Mar 21st 2019 at 4:59:42 AM

The investment from Ten Cent and the acknowledged Chinese espionage (Look at the huge issue over Chinese manufacturers inputting potential spyware onto hardware...) is also a risk factor for some people.

And the worry over Epic apparently datamining Steam as well. I don't think it's necessarily INTENTIONAL but Epic also need to couple this expansion with a secure storefront with ACTUAL features not just products.

They're making the same missteps Steam did in it's EARLY days - when it was grey green and blocky, with a hideous library function and navigation that took yonks.

TBH, I'll be going with a console version of the game for a first purchase. I like Obsidian, I don't think this was done out of greed; likely by necessity - and if it was motivated by their business partners, I don't want to boycott them. I just won't reward Epic's store until I can ensure it's a secure place for my financial info / personal data.

Though I wonder how GDPR compliant they are if the claims of vulnerability are accurate. A single breach of data and that's a lot of Fortnite money gone into UK coffers in terms of fines.

Demongodofchaos2 Best Dad from Eldritch Nightmareland Relationship Status: 700 wives and 300 concubines
Best Dad
Mar 21st 2019 at 4:32:51 PM

I'll probably get this game on console, myself.

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Unsung ancient reptilian brain from a tenement of clay
ancient reptilian brain
Mar 21st 2019 at 4:40:21 PM

Poor Obsidian. Their bad luck with publishers continues to follow them like a curse, at least if it's true that PD did this on their own.

I usually get games like this on console first anyway, though, then get the GOTY Edition when it goes on sale on PC.

Tarlonniel Superfan from Metropolis Relationship Status: Tweaking my holographic boyfriend
Superfan
Mar 21st 2019 at 4:42:20 PM

Guess I'll be waiting a year to get the game, then. At least all the bugs should be worked out tongue

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deludedmusings Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Mar 21st 2019 at 4:48:29 PM

That's also a good point. Might just be worth waiting.

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Unsung ancient reptilian brain from a tenement of clay
ancient reptilian brain
Jun 9th 2019 at 5:02:37 PM

...I kind of liked the tone of the first trailer better. But I guess that's not the only crowd they've gotta hook.

deludedmusings Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Jun 9th 2019 at 5:06:44 PM

Hard to beat the Passenger for setting the tone.

I liked some of the gameplay stuff we saw, though.

Holding a grudge is allowing someone to live inside your head rent free.
Jun 9th 2019 at 5:08:47 PM

Four more months until I can overthrow captalism in space.

InkDagger Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
Jun 9th 2019 at 10:57:30 PM

Any news on how long the exclusivity deal lasts for?

deludedmusings Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Jun 9th 2019 at 10:59:05 PM

One year after launch it'll come to Steam, according to articles I read.

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