Serious Sam 3 Post-Mortem

Andy Chalk | 6 Dec 2011 12:30
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"Consoles are definitely an important part of our plans," he continued. "We're a great PC development house and our tech was first built with that in mind but we know there are a lot of Serious Sam fans out there clamoring for a console version and we don't want to leave them out."

But for now, Ribaric said Serious Sam 3 is doing very well for itself as a very-long-timed PC exclusive, helped out by a ridiculously over-the-top pre-release PR campaign. You'll know what I mean if you've been following along and if you haven't, it's worth going back to catch up. Even Parker got into the action, making his very own promotional trailer shortly after the game came out.
"Those [pre-release] videos were pretty sweet but I did some consumer research at a nudie bar prior to Serious Sam 3 launching on PC and the feedback was pretty clear: the ladies wanted more Fork," he explained. "So I answered the call, fired up the editing program on my wife's laptop and knocked out the single greatest video ever made. While I can't prove this with science, the video I edited is probably responsible for 80 to 90 percent of all sales so far."

Ribaric said the team is thankful for Fork's efforts but seemed more inclined to put the success of the game down to, well, the game. "When designing Serious Sam 3 our team built it around the elements that made Serious Sam: The First and Second Encounters so successful and beloved over the past ten years," he said. "The fantastic reception traces back to the decision to maintain the fast-paced gameplay, insane hordes of enemies, great mix of powerful weapons and the always-chaotic 16-player campaign co-operative modes. These elements all come from the original games."

It was around this time that Parker started to get restless. "I was told we'd get to meet Yahtzee or Jim Sterling on this visit and all we're getting is questions," he burst out. "Can I order like a club sandwich and a scotch or something? Are you even listening to me?" It was clearly time to wrap things up.

Ribaric said Serious Sam 3 has met with a very positive response from both fans and the gaming press and is selling very well, which he admitted was a relief given the uncertainties involved in putting a game like this out on today's market. With any luck, this won't be the last we hear from Serious Sam.

"I think this just re-emphasizes our commitment to continue the Serious Sam franchise and keep the series grounded in its arcade-style shooter roots while adding in new, unique gameplay elements where they make sense," Ribaric said. Parker, for his part, was a little more succinct. "I'm up to my eyeballs in straight cash, homie," he said. "Now if you'll excuse me, I have to pick up my velvet-covered jet skis from the repair shop. Peace, nerds."

And peace to you too, Mr. Parker.

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