Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Dev Admits AAA Ambitions Were a Mistake; Will Ditch Open-World Formula For Next Game
Developer CI Games reflects on the mistakes it made with the recently released PS4, Xbox One, and PC game Sniper Ghost Warrior 3.
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 from developer CI Games launched on April 25, 2017, and despite charting on a variety of sales charts, it was a mess. On top of receiving many poor reviews, the game’s multiplayer was delayed on the day of its release until Q3 2017, it featured load times on PS4 that took up to five minutes, and was the subject of multiple delays.
That being said, CI Games has admitted that it made some wrong calls and mistakes during the development of the relatively ambitious open-world game, essentially stating that it spent far too time trying to replicate what many other open-world AAA titles are doing, presumably with a much bigger budget.
According to CI Games boss Marek Tymiñski, the team “learned a lot” over the course of development of the game, much of which Marek Tymiñski believes has “shaped the talented individuals within CI Games and the entire studio for the better.” Tymiñski adds:
“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.”
That realization made, Tymiñski states that CI Games has learned its lesson, and plans to make a new tactical shooter without an open world. Whether this game will be in the Sniper Ghost Warrior series — which has developed a bit of bad baggage — or an entirely new game is currently unclear.
Tymiñski specifically stated the following:
“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.
“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.”
Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you want, you can read our review of the game, and learn more why we thought it was one of the most unoriginal shooters in years.
CI Games is currently working on a sequel to Lords of the Fallen.