A short note to begin with:
In the last months, I have gotten the impression that the discussions here on the forum are becoming more and more technical. It seems to be all focused around bug reports, and how game mechanics work or don’t work. A quick scroll through the “Latest” section confirms this. 6 months ago, the popular topics on the forum looked very different. Forgive me if I’m coming through as negative, but this is probably the reason why my regular status is now gone. I simply can’t engage in all these bug related topics. I just want to discuss more interesting things. Don’t you? Can we just take a breath and forget bug reports and feature requests for a moment?
For me, Generation Zero is and has always been about the atmosphere. The 80’s, the cold war, the beauty of Scandinavian nature, using your wits to survive against an overwhelming enemy… All these things have been reflected brilliantly in GZ. The story gives you just enough to think about what has happened, and I look forward to more of the mystery being revealed. The amazing “Alpine Unrest”, along with the implementation of experimental weapons, has shifted the game’s weight more towards a science fiction setting. The frightened teenager that once crawled ashore in Yttervik, 9 months ago, is no more than a faded memory of the supersoldier now running around on Himfjäll, exterminating the greatest war machines left and right. It’s great fun, but the game’s initial atmosphere is also fading.
When GZ’s world and story expands again, as I’m sure it will do onto the currently empty islands, I personally hope that it steers a bit back from the sci-fi path it’s currently heading down. I want to see more of a cold war setting again, something more down to earth and realistic. I would love to see more backstory on what the army was doing when the catastrophe hit, maybe more about the evacuations of civilians, and more about if the Soviet’s were involved or not. There are tons of unanswered questions to work on here, and it would be interesting to have them answered before raising even more questions. I kinda’ miss that 80’s teenager with a rusty weapon, torn jeans and a leather jacket, running from farm to farm scraping up supplies, terrified of the machines lurking all around, all whilst looking for answers to what happened.
I would love to read your opinions on this.
Where would you like GZ to go from here? Further into sci-fi, or back to it’s roots?