RPG communities on several sites have had a rough time over the past week. I won't go into those arguments in this thread.
Instead, I wanted to share my opinion. I realized it just a few hours ago.
Isn't it great that suddenly RPGs become the centre of debate in gaming communities? Not monetization, not politics, but an approach towards RPGs? I couple that with us getting new RPGs in the next few years on top of what big companies like Bethesda, BioWare provide, and I come to a conclusion it's a great time to be an RPG fan.
P:K was a game from a new studio. Now their new game is getting much more funding on Kickstarter. PoE II was released just a few years ago. The BG title is getting a new life after years (you can count 4 years from SoD or 20 years from BGII, your choice). Disco Elysium got multiple rewards from numerous sites/magazines.PCGamer did a poll
where more than 33k people vote for the TB/RtwP mode - in RPGs. It's not a poll about FPS, it's an RPG poll which gets 33k+ votes.
All this inevitably means more RPGs will be created - other developers will notice the attention this debate is getting. And judging by how many requests are being done for either TB or RtwP games, make no mistake: more games are coming your way, whether you're a TB or RtwP fan.
In the nearest years, we're getting at least 2 RPGs for both camps: P:WotR and BG3. And all this feedback people keep sharing on their favourite gaming sites about expectations and wishes - it won't go unnoticed.
In the end, it'll mean more RPGs will be created because developers target audiences. After PoE II didn't get the same reaction as PoE, it looked for a moment that such RPGs have no future. But they do! And the recent attention to P:WotR and BG3 confirms it.
In the end, the player (of whichever mode they prefer) wins. Developers support each other, why fans do not do the same?
(The last tweet by Swen was retweeted by Josh Sawyer from Obsidian)