God of War Dev Defends Starfield's 30 FPS Choice

God of War Ragnarok developer Dannie Carlone defended Starfield’s 30 FPS cap. This is not the first time industry insiders have commented on the game.

One of the most anticipated games of 2023, StarCraft is a sci-fi action role-playing game that was first released back in 2018 and will be Bethesda’s first original IP in development in more than 25 years. The game has been heavily promoted throughout the year, already planning its first post-launch DLC pack, and even getting its own official skin for the Xbox Series X controller and headset. Still, it’s not uncommon for gamers to complain before a video game launches

DreamcastGuy is a popular YouTuber known for his short videos in which he reports gaming news and reviews all the video game hardware and software he comes across. A video covers recent revelations about Starfield being limited to 30 FPS, which he sees as a sign of the game’s unfinished launch, a common problem with AAA titles in recent years. However, he received some apparent backlash when he repeated his criticism on Twitter, according to Danny Caron, a senior environment artist at Sony Santa Monica who has featured in games like God of War Ragnarok.

Carlone argues that frame rate is a choice, not lazy performance, assuming this is done to keep the resolution consistent and minimize popping, which should be a good thing given how large Starfield’s interplanetary map should be. However, despite his defense, he admitted that DreamcastGuy was allowed to disagree with the developer’s decision, and that he is actually a big fan of the YouTuber. At the time of writing, DreamcastGuy has yet to respond to the tweet.

The lack of a 60 FPS mode in modern games is nothing new, and many games have been criticized for it. But with many of these games still selling well, and with StarCraft’s positive reception leading up to its release, and even comparisons to other critically acclaimed titles, it’s unlikely this controversial tidbit will matter in the long run. The game has too much impact.

Starfield will release on PC and Xbox Series X/S on September 6, 2023.

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