Today Lords of the Fallen developer, CI Games spoke openly about the failings of its most recent release, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 and detailed its future moving forward, which includes development for a brand new tactical-based shooter.
After several delays, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 released worldwide on April 25th to a mixed reception, with a current average score of just over 50% across all 3 available platforms on Metacritic. In a released statement, CI Games Chief Executive Officer Marek Tymiñski concedes that Sniper Ghost Warrior 3‘s large open world was simply too ambitious for the studio.
“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,” said Tymiñski. “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.
We simply made the wrong math considering the size of our team and the originally given timeframe. By positioning the game in a AAA category, it took us away from what we could have done great. Instead, we spent too much effort trying to catch up with other AAA titles in terms of their production values and features. That was a big mistake.”
Tymiñski admits that the mistake with Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 was a huge lesson for CI Games, something the studio would learn from with its new project, an untitled tactical based shooter. “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,” continues Tymiñski. “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.”
The studio also reiterates that it is committed to making a sequel to the acclaimed Dark Souls-like RPG Lords of the Fallen, while also pledging to continue support for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 through future updates in 2017.
CI Games will detail its new project at a later date.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is out now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.