Over at rpgvault, they’ve started a new featured called “Focus”, where they invite two or three industry people to discuss a topic of interest. The subject today is “action/RPGs”.

The invitees were Max Schaefer of Flagship Studios and Steve Bauman from Gas Powered Games. Max should know about the action/RPG, since he worked on both Diablo games and the Lord Of Destruction expansion. He also has a background in playing paper & pencil D&D. Steve doesn’t have quite the same background, though he did Dungeon Siege and the upcoming Space Siege.

What I found most interesting were Steve’s remarks that RPG elements are creeping into other genres, and he sees this as a way for the broader market to sort of “ease into” playing a “regular” RPG. He also hopes this will encourage publishers to put out more of those.

Well, I’m not so sure about that. “RPG creep” (if we can call it that) has been going on for awhile now. But outside of indie developers (along with Bioware and Bethesda), there doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest from companies to put out a “traditional” RPG game.

Rather, it appears that other genres take some of those RPG elements and incorporate them to spice things up a bit. However, that doesn’t mean non-RPG players would feel comfortable playing “the real thing”.

Check out the article, and see what you think.

Action RPG discussion on rpgvault