2K Boss: “Strategy Games Aren’t Contemporary”

Check out this ridiculous quote from 2K’s Christoph Hartmann in MCV about why they’ve drastically changed up the X-Com formula on XCOM:

The ‘90s generation of gamers all love Xcom and we own the IP, so we thought OK, what do we do with it? Every studio we had wanted to do it and each one had its own spin on it. But the problem was that turn-based strategy games were no longer the hottest thing on planet Earth. But this is not just a commercial thing – strategy games are just not contemporary.

I use the example of music artists. Look at someone old school like Ray Charles, if he would make music today it would still be Ray Charles but he would probably do it more in the style of Kanye West. Bringing Ray Charles back is all fine and good, but it just needs to move on, although the core essence will still be the same.

That’s what we are trying to do. To renew Xcom but in line with what this generation of gamers want.

There are so many things wrong with that quote that I don’t even know where to start. The whole thing is pure comedy, really, from the implication that Ray Charles would be a rapper today to the part where he says games like Starcraft 2, Shogun 2 and Civ 5 aren’t modern titles.

Seriously, what the f–k?

Disregarding the fact that there are several very popular current-generation strategy titles, a genre is only as dead as you make it. Developers are still making 2D platformers, for f–k’s sake. I think my brain is about to explode from sadness.

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2 Comments on 2K Boss: “Strategy Games Aren’t Contemporary”

Red Menace

On July 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I guess I’m not “contemporary” either.


On September 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

This guy is everything that is wrong with game publishers today. Its sad but this makes me like 2k just a little bit less.