Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield Emerge as Top Contenders for Game of the Year

Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield have emerged as undeniable contenders for Game of the Year (GOTY) with a fair comparison between the two being unavoidable. Notably, the Baldur’s Gate 3 development team has taken a stand against unfair criticism of Bethesda’s employees.

Success of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield

The successes of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Starfield in the gaming world are noteworthy. Baldur’s Gate 3 has established itself as an unprecedented success, seizing the title of the second-largest PC launch of the year. This game has made history, boasting one of the most concurrently played games ever on Steam.

Starfield, however, had a different trajectory. Despite a lukewarm initial response, it has marked a highly successful launch. This game has set new success benchmarks for both Bethesda and Xbox. Although Starfield is perceived as more divisive than Baldur’s Gate 3, it has an impressive following.

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Developers Seek Fair Critique

The developers of both of these compelling games appreciate criticism — as long as it is fair. Michael Douse, Director of Publishing at Larian Studios, objected to the claims former WoW developer Mark Kerns made. Kerns insinuated that an alleged lack of passion was characterizing Starfield's creative team. Douse defended Bethesda’s developers, stating that they possess as much passion as any other development team.

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Animosity Avoided

Douse maintained decorum even when faced with potential conflict. He discouraged bullying and personal attacks, emphasizing the important role of leadership in gaming development. This was applauded by YouTuber Mischief, who termed Douse’s defense as 'based'.

After the release of Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian Studios received significant recognition and support. Fans of the game lauded the company's dedication to transparency and development philosophies. The game's admirers also appreciated Bethesda's willingness to accommodate player feedback for Starfield. This led to a rallying of support for Douse from Starfield fans, who defended the game vehemently.