A game of any type starts from an idea that studios like Square Enix then follow. These ideas come from producers and storyboard writers, but the greatest idea comes from unexpected areas. Take Hideo Kojima as a great example. After forming his own studio, he made Death Stranding, a title with concepts never before seen.
It seems as if Square Enix is following a new stride to achieving these new ideas. They have extended an arm toward the future of game development with a new Live Interactive Works Game Development Crew. “This is a community where users are invited to participate in test play and discussion of games in development, and to create games together.”
Square Enix is going all-out on this new feature. They are taking input from players and implementing that in their new titles piece-by-piece. “You will be able to see how the game is being improved based on your inputs. In addition, the development meetings can be freely broadcast on video or other media!”
The company is tackling the traditional method of following the script to follow the player. Although this is not the first time that a team follows the players’ suggestions so casually. Many indie titles that start on Kickstarter or are funded by the players were also guided by player suggestions and ideas.
“We aim to create a new form of game development where people can experience real development and communicate it to the world!” Players will be able to easily communicate with each other and the developers to see what’s practical and what works. A truly open experience.
Unfortunately, not everyone can join as there are some minor requirements. The first is being interested in general gaming, this also means that one must have some prior knowledge. The other is to have at least 3,000 subscribers, this is mostly for publicity reasons.
“At this stage, we are looking for “game influencers”. where the game is being used as a “communication tool” to the fullest. We also plan to expand the target audience in accordance with future stages of game development.”
Square Enix has already started its projects, and the first one is extremely intriguing. “A Panic Movie Turned into a Game!” This game recreates the battle between monsters that prey on humans with overwhelming force and humans who cooperate with each other to find an opportunity to rebel.”
Titled “Project Gluttony”, the project is an online multiplayer competitive game with cute-looking monsters that have a severe taste for some human blood. The game definitely feels like it has been driven by players and producers alike. “Our aim is to create a party game with a fun slapstick feel,” says the developer.
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Although the graphics and systems are in the works, there’s no doubt that this title will storm the gaming world. The path the company decided to take is a great one, making the player feel incorporated into the game is a positive all the way.
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