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DICE Believes the FPS Genre Needs to Evolve, Gamers are Tired of Modern Setting

July 6, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

EA development studio DICE recently spoke out on the current state of the first-person shooter genre, noting that we’ve reached a bit of a plateau for military games set during the modern era.

Speaking to Edge, GM Karl Magnus Troedsson attributed the “extremely high demands” from FPS fans to the importance of innovation within the genre. Maintaining the interest of their audience is priority number one, and it looks like developers may need to branch out beyond the modern setting if they hope to keep those gamers coming back for more.

If [players] don’t see some kind of new, if not revolutionary then at least evolutionary, step of rendering in every game they will start to lose interest. And I think that is what’s happening. Because a lot of franchises out there don’t take this seriously; to actually make sure that we don’t just challenge ourselves on the gameplay aspect, or perhaps some other area like distribution method, but also how it [feels], how it looks and how it sounds.

It might just be a rendering feature but in the end it adds up to the complete experience of what we’re doing. I think we’re going to start seeing people moving away from the modern setting, because every now and again settings or themes start to get stale and then everyone jumps over.

We’ve already seen the Call of Duty franchise begin to make that transition with the upcoming launch of Black Ops 2, which is set in the near-future. Could we see a surge of first-person shooters set in the not so distant future as the industry pushes forward? Where would you like to see DICE take the genre next? Sound off in the comments below.