It’s thus not hard to imagine how could have gone horribly off the rails, what with the leather-bikini-clad princess who serves as your romantic interest and the many “savage” dark-skinned tribes — each modeled on (stereotypes of) an example of same from real-world history — waiting for your party of white men to swoop in and save the day.One might feel especially worried upon learning that Warren Spector wasn’t even around very much to oversee his young charges.Along with the insect race, who are known as the Myrmidex, they’re your primary enemies when it comes to combat.
Over thirty years old in a company full of twenty-somethings, he came to Origin with a far more varied cultural palette than was the norm there, and worked gently but persistently to separate his peers from their own exclusive diets of epic fantasy and space opera.
And, as long as the marketing message was carefully crafted, they should succeed in doing so without too badly damaging the brand’s reputation for always surfing the bleeding edge of CRPG design and technology; this would please Richard Garriott.
But most of all it was Warren Spector who had good reason to be pleased with the compromise he had fashioned.
Making a new from the ground up had by this point come to entail much more than just writing a game engine; it required a whole new technical infrastructure of editors and other software tools that let the design team, to paraphrase Origin’s favorite marketing tagline, create their latest world.
But, while development costs thus skyrocketed, sales weren’t increasing to match.