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User Info: lightningxiii-2

lightningxiii-2
1 month ago#1
We already have too many action shooters and RPGs and not many quality horror games are being developed. Most horror games are made by the indie developers and even the big-budget ones do not sell well enough. We need more high-quality horror games to be made and marketed properly. What do you think?
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User Info: swagtile

swagtile
1 month ago#2
There’s definitely a market for it. Unfortunately, unlike horror movies, horror games in this day and age require a significant budget in order to capture an audience. If VR would ever take off, it would be the perfect platform for such games.

User Info: sanjeust

sanjeust
1 month ago#3
Horror games don't sell well enough. And the more intense it is, the worse. Most people is very sensitive to horror. Chickens!
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User Info: lightningxiii-2

lightningxiii-2
1 month ago#4
swagtile posted...
There’s definitely a market for it.

Yes, of course. It's not very big, though. It seems all gamers care about is just to shoot everything all the time which is why shooters like Call of duty or Battlefield never fail!

swagtile posted...
Unfortunately, unlike horror movies, horror games in this day and age require a significant budget in order to capture an audience.

Yes, you need a pretty high budget to create a AAA horror game, but many indie developed horror games managed to become successful. They can't sell too much, but still. What we need, though, I think is more focus on making quality games and better advertising.

swagtile posted...
If VR would ever take off, it would be the perfect platform for such games.

Yes, it's great for playing horror games, but it's pretty expensive and not everybody can afford it. Many people also get motion sickness when using it.

sanjeust posted...
Horror games don't sell well enough.

Which is unfortunate!

sanjeust posted...
Most people is very sensitive to horror. Chickens!

Funny!
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VisionRing30
1 month ago#5
I worry that the trend toward multiplayer and micro transactions are both poison for horror games, since most horror games are solo affairs and no one wants to have their game remind them to pay for a new gun upgrade every time they get to a loading screen or die. That just kills the atmosphere.
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Gin_Devil
1 month ago#6
Honestly I think horrors gonna end up trending more and more to Indies till they're pretty much the only ones making them.
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lightningxiii-2
1 month ago#7
Gin_Devil posted...
Honestly I think horrors gonna end up trending more and more to Indies till they're pretty much the only ones making them.

I hope that won't happen.
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Gin_Devil
1 month ago#8
With how things ate ending up, with triple A games being more the norm and less A and double A games existing, and horror doesn't seem to sell the numbers of other b8g AAA games I can honestly see it happening.
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lightningxiii-2
1 month ago#9
Gin_Devil posted...
With how things ate ending up, with triple A games being more the norm and less A and double A games existing, and horror doesn't seem to sell the numbers of other b8g AAA games I can honestly see it happening.

Yeah, the problem is that the horror genre doesn't have a very big audience, unfortunately. Most gamers seem to prefer action shooters with co-op options.

Making horror games doesn't necessarily need a very high budget and that's why most horror games seem to be developed by indie developers. Big companies that make AAA games want to make sure their games will sell enough and that's why we don't get enough quality horror games. The evil within 2, for example, got good reviews and even some nominations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evil_Within_2#Reception

But it couldn't manage to sell very well which is really a shame. Apparently, most people cannot appreciate quality horror games which is indeed sad. Games like Resident evil always sell because of their names, though, and the developers know that, so they keep making new ones. We need more franchises like that.
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User Info: darthcorpse

darthcorpse
1 month ago#10
Another example is the Project Zero series (Fatal Frame in th me US & A). This series has always been a bit niche, but when it was on PlayStation 2, it was a bit more accessible. Now Nintendo co-owns it, which as a Nintendo fan i love, but two decisions were made that seriously hurt the franchise in terms of getting people to buy the games:

They didn't fix the bug and release IV internationally.

They didn't release Maiden (5) physically in NTSC regions.

Now the first decision probably was mitigated by the fact it still sold 1.3m copies, but not releasing 5 in the US stopped many from trying it. It is a wonderful game, with great usage of the Wii U tablet.

A wise decision they made was to create a Wii version of 2, which uses similar controls to 4. This was physically available, and released on the Wii U eShop, which is the version I own.

But the fact is, despite in my opinion this being the greatest horror series of all, it is sadly niche. I am hoping this doesnt stop them releasing a new game on the Switch, and maybe even rereleasing earlier ones as well on that system, but I am not holding my breath. But 5 really demonstrated how the triple A treatment could make a game that was gorgeous to look at, as well as deeply, emotionally terrifying.
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