We've already seen various example of successful shooters that integrated RPG elements into the gameplay such as BioShock (PS3, Xbox 360, PC). Cliff Bleszinski thinks this isn't just a passing thing. He believes that RPGs are the future of first-person shooters.
I had a conversation with Harvey Smith one of the lead designers on Deus Ex and said to him the future of shooters is RPGs," the Epic Games design director said in an interview with Develop. "He said he completely agreed.
So, does this mean that the Gears of War franchise will eventually dip into the RPG well? Bleszinski remains a bit ambiguous on that point.
"It depends on where things go. I mean, one could wean that from the comments I made earlier about the future of shooters is RPGs and see where things are going with us.
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