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Metro “accessibility” comment pertains to audience, not “dumbing down”

Wednesday, 28th August 2013 00:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Deep Silver’s intention to make Metro “accessible” means things like the upcoming Mac and Linux ports, not compromise on the franchise’s values, according to global brand manager Huw Beynon.

In a post on the franchise’s UK website, Beynon responded to comments from Deep Silver’s CEO about making Metro “more accessible to a broader audience”.

“Some media and fans have interpreted this to mean that Deep Silver will somehow seek to dilute Metro’s core gameplay values, ‘dumbing down’ the game in a bid to woo a wider, more ‘casual’ audience. We understand the concern, and we would like to reassure the Metro fanbase that Deep Silver has absolutely no intention of compromising Metro’s unique DNA,” he wrote.

“We completely understand that it is the passion and evangelism of our fans that allowed Metro to grow from a cult hit to genuine, bonafide hit. Whatever direction a new Metro game takes (and we are still assembling the drawing boards), it will build on the bleak, post apocalyptic pillars of atmosphere, immersion, challenge and depth that sets this franchise apart from the crowd.”

Beynon said Deep Silver does indeed intend to “make the world of Metro more accessible to a broader audience” but by building a higher quality product, investing in the brand, and releasing ports.

“This is just the first stage of a broader initiative to bring Metro to a wider audience, without compromising the product’s strengths,” he said.

“Metro is a pulsating, radioactive gem in Deep Silver’s crown of rotting zombie flesh, and we believe we can build on the success of Metro: Last Light by doubling down on our unique brand of bleak, Russian, post apocalyptic horror.”

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6 Comments

  1. Francis O

    How the hell to you “dumb down” a shooter. They are already bare bones as it is. Hold L Trigger, then hold the R Trigger

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Scared

    I think you just demonstrated how to dumb down a shooter. Make it playable on a gamepad.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    Fucking publishers.

    “We’re not dumbing it down, but…. We’re dumbing it down”.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Obernox

    @3 http://memecrunch.com/image/4edd0a501861331d64000000.jpg first thing that came to mind :D

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DSB

    @4 Haha, thanks buddy :p

    It’s like they’re channelling Stephen Merchant in Portal 2: “Oh, sorry about that. Guess we were honest there for a second. We really meant to bullshit you though… So uh… Here, have some bullshit. Enjoy”

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Malmer

    Metro is awesome. Best game this year so far, while still developed by a small team.

    #6 1 year ago

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