DICE's general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson has suggested that the appeal of modern-day settings for first-person-shooters is getting stale.
"I think we're going to start seeing people moving away from the modern setting, because every now and again settings or themes start to get stale and then everyone jumps over," he told Edge.
Troedsson says the industry looks to be making the jump to near future settings. "Y'know, at some point dinosaurs are the hottest thing and everyone is making games with dinosaurs, but there are trends. It used to be WWII, and recently it's been the modern era and people are now moving towards near future."
Simply switching eras is, however, not enough to innovate the genre, he continues.
"But it's a bit cheap to just say, 'Okay, we're going to switch and go back in time or into the future and that will be innovation'. It will definitely drive the franchise forward for whatever game, but it's not true innovation, it's more a thematic change that has a perceived value to the gamers out there. But as a developer you can only make so many games in one particular era, and then you personally start to get a bit bored with it.
"I think it's our responsibility as game developers to always push ourselves when it comes to the experience of games," he said.
Are you sick of modern say shooters now?
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