Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Admits Open World Was A Mistake, Aims To Scrap It Moving Forward
"We're now moving forward without any tag attached to our next project. "
CI Games, the developers behind Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is known for their deep, tactical shooters. The aforementioned latest entry to the Sniper Ghost Warrior series was less of a success than the previous two, and CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski has responded to this.
In a press release, Tyminski said the company, "made the wrong math considering the size of our team and the originally given timeframe." The game was plagued with absurdly long loading times on bootup, along with the game's multiplayer mode being delayed. Along with these issues, the parts of the game that did work seemed to lose focus on what the series originally strived for. A full critique of these features can be found in our review of the game.
Nevertheless, instead of making excuses and mincing words with PR talk (who remembers EA defending Sim City 2013's server drops on "overwhelming interest from fans"?) CI Games admits their shortcomings and strives for the better. Tyminski continues:
"We've learned a lot as a team over the course of development for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, much of which I believe has shaped the talented individuals within CI Games and the entire studio for the better. When we began development of SGW3, we decided on such a relatively large scale of the game with its open world that now we realize it was just too ambitious versus what we could have been able to deliver in any reasonable amount of time."
He continues humbly, discussing their future plans as it reflects the reception of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3:
"All of that was a huge lesson for us and we're now moving forward without any tag attached to our next project. We're planning to make a great tactical shooter where we can focus on exciting gameplay, some key mechanics, and missions that have depth without all of the trappings of a large open-world setting. We want to make this game even more tactical than SGW3, and I believe the last three years have created a wonderful foundation that we can build upon for our next game."
CI Games says it will continue to support Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 with updates through 2017 for those enjoying it, but this reflection from the studio is refreshing in regards to their future endeavors.