If we could harness the collective energy and man hours put into the combined late night Counter Strike skirmishes over the years, we could probably have colonized Mars by now. However, one developer says those days are long gone.
While it’s easy to get jaded after years of gaming, franchises like Call of Duty and Battlefield are still burning up the consoles and keeping the FPS genre alive. Regardless (despite the strong sales numbers), Counter Strike co-creator Minh Le feels that fans just aren’t’ as plugged-in anymore. “I don’t think FPSes are as exciting as they used to be…To be honest, I think the FPS genre is just so saturated…” he states.
Le doesn’t sit on his high horse and cast aspersions either, as he actually tried to rectify this problem himself with the release Tactical Intervention , a game he hoped would fix much of what was wrong with the genre. Unfortunately, he believes he wasn’t successful in terms of “…addressing some of the problems. There’s some stuff in TI that I really enjoy playing, but other stuff like the hostage mode, it didn’t really pan out as well as I’d hoped.”
Tactical Intervention was also a free-to-play release (which Lee deemed a “huge mistake”), revealing they are now suffering financially for it.