It is common knowledge that the gaming world is always full of drama and controversy. One of the recent heated debates is the comparison between two big titles: Cyberpunk 2077 and Starfield. An experienced developer of Cyberpunk 2077, Patrick K. Mills, spoke out about this and stated that the comparison is very detrimental.
In a response to a tweet comparing Starfield to CD Projekt Red’s 2020 open world RPG, Mills pointed out how the video in the tweet shows how players in both games swim underwater, how grenades explode, and how NPCs respond to things. like having a gun aimed at them.
At first glance, the video appears to denigrate Starfield, but Mills doesn’t want to engage in these kinds of comparisons. The senior developer says that comparisons like this are “false criticism” and “harmful” to the way audiences respond to and consume video games, and he absolutely hates them.
In a follow-up tweet, the Cyberpunk 2077 developer pointed out that the video doesn’t even contain commentary or analysis.
There’s no attempt to meaningfully compare Starfield and Cyberpunk 2077, other than clips taken completely out of context and compared to each other.
Not only in the world of Cyberpunk 2077, similar feelings have emerged in comparisons between games from other developers recently.
The developers of Baldur’s Gate 3, like game director Swen Vincke, have spent the last few months pushing back against the idea that their highly regarded new RPG should become the industry standard for other games, and thus be used as a tool to insult other titles.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty will launch this month on September 26. Elsewhere, update 2.0 is scheduled to make extensive updates to several core aspects of the game. This will be a very important month for CD Projekt’s action game.
So, what can we take away from all this? Comparisons between big games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Starfield can be fun, but we should be careful not to draw premature conclusions or harm the developers who work hard to bring us entertainment.
If there is something we want to criticize, let’s do it wisely and based on accurate facts. We all want the gaming industry to continue to grow and provide great experiences to players.