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The Weekend Chat: Should Developers Be More Transparent with Game Design?

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#1 NZGamer

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 01:32 PM


Over the last week, Destiny 2’s community discovered that Bungie were throttling end-game XP, which some believed was being used to steer them towards buying microtransactions.


The developer responded with a clumsy fix, removing the controversial system but then doubling the required XP to level. They then followed with a formal post detailing the future of the game, adding that they had “betrayed” the trust of their community.


Should developers be more open about their game’s design?


Should we know how the gears are turning under our games? Does it just apply to those that are more mechanically dense, and require a large time-investment from players? Let us know in the comments below!


Have your say over at NZGamer.com, or in the comments below!

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 01:39 PM

They just shouldn't do sneaky things like that - should assume it will be found out and look bad. They should communicate a lot more in development though. The Forza devs are absolutely shocking on that note for instance. Touting 700 cars and then saying nothing as their gradual releases made it clear that that was very creative counting, to put it politely.


Especially franchise games like that should be at a point where they actually ask for feedback and listen to player advice, rather than just trying to cash in yet again. The annual EA releases are in the same boat.

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