Now that's what the "toxic fandom" calls "garbage-tier":
Case in point: numerous Star Wars fans hate the latest Skywalker trilogy for specious reasons, and loudly proclaim the superiority of the original films.
Is there a specious reason, why people expressing their opinions is a problem? By the way, he dares to call that garbage "Skywalker trilogy", when the films thoroughly humiliated and made laughable the Skywalkers and their relatives, in every possible way. Barrows Deep and Star Wars indeed have things in common: They both dishonored their legacy and they are both going to get abysmal user ratings and lose money.
While the Bard's Tale community has been largely positive, Rogers has still had to contend with the fact that each fan has a different vision for The Bard's Tale IV.
The community was "largely positive" until updates started coming. With every update it got worse and worse, until by "alpha" it was 50/50 at best. And we have agreed on a few things on the alpha thread
, for example.
In the lead up to the game's release, message boards on the Steam page were full of people ready to criticize the game for any deviation from the original or more importantly, from their memory of the original. Rogers says that he sees conflict between these memories and his creation.
"Memories". Memories of 2 weeks ago, when they played Bard's Tale 1 Remastered and gave it 95% positive rating. By the way, most of the initial "review bombing" was due to the game not launching, crashing all the time, horrible performance, weird save-system, abysmal localizations and so on. Thanks for trying to insinuate that fans of the original series are responsible.
"I think there's something inherently destructive about sequels in general," Rogers points out.
Then do us a favour and stay far far away from making another sequel, or "spiritual successor". Thanks!
Rogers then chose to set The Bard's Tale IV 150 years after the events of the original trilogy, allowing for the creation of a fresh story that could work for old and new fans while also providing callbacks and references for more seasoned adventurers.
Yeah, most of his callbacks and references are incorrect and inappropriate and make it painfully obvious that he was never a fan of Bard's Tale and has no idea of dungeon-crawlers.
As an example, the character portrait design and direction improved after fans expressed disappointment in the first iterations.
Remember guys, the portraits that we currently have are the "improved" versions. My favourites are the male elf bard, and the smiling dwarf with the epic beard!
You can't let fans co-opt the entire creative process no matter what their agenda is.
Don't worry, I won't ever again.