Interview with Arthur Bruno on working remotely

Yeah, looking at the archive link shows that it was posted in the “Rants” section of the old forum, which would have definitely made it a victim of the purge.

Let that be a lesson to everyone… if you see threads/posts that you think have value then head to the Wayback Machine and archive them, just in case!

There are even add-ons to make it easier, for example
(you just right click and select Save to Wayback Machine)

Here’s an “official” one for chrome-based browsers…

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I hope that if civilization is ever destroyed these posts will be found on some hard-drive spared from the catastrophe and used as guidance to rebuild the world of Grim Dawn.

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Ah, I see. It was a forum follow-up post to the 2011 Rock Paper Shotgun article I had linked above. I don’t know why I imagine a permanence that doesn’t exist when it comes to the web. Ah well.

Early on, Brian Sullivan who was one of the owners, frequently talked about how he wanted the game to be accessible, so that even his grandma could play. It was an argument for reducing the amount of stats in the game and not having any blood or overly grotesque / evil enemies. He felt that the character sheet looked too much like a spreadsheet and we shouldn’t have so many numbers.

I countered this by asking how many ARPGs his grandmother plays, which of course was zero…

I forgot whether it was Sullivan or THQ that had the no killing humans rule.

In the end, he relented on much of those ideas or we found ways to work around it but I definitely feel like the lack of hit and death effects contributed to people’s feedback that combat lacked impact.

Such is the madness of other companies I’ve worked at.


Always nice to read your insights into game development big M. :slightly_smiling_face:

When you finish the Crate story hint hint maybe you should then write the TQ/Iron Lore story. :wink:

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Thanks boss! Assuming there’s no NDA in place I would gladly read the memoirs of developing TQ.

Well, he has been talking about it pretty openly for all these years (he’s been vocal in interviews across the internet) and he definitely hasn’t been holding his punches on what he thinks about it. If there ever was an NDA it died with Iron Lore, and then a second time with THQ.

Just looked up Brian Sullivan on my linked in…he’s a 3rd removed contact for me…don’t think I’ll be adding him. :slight_smile:

It’s pretty crazy reading that Iron Lore didn’t think much of TQ and TQIT. I mean, why develop a game as a company leader if you have no idea what a good game would look like? TQ was an unqualified success, and no doubt could have had much more success with some marketing behind it. Of course, if that had happened then I wouldn’t have just found this amazing quote on the Crate Entertainment wikipedia entry:

In a live dev stream on Twitch on 19th April 2019 Crate announced that Forgotten Gods had sold over 100,000 copies and collectively between all of the DLCs and the base game Grim Dawn had sold over 3 million copies.

THREE MILLION COPIES!! That’s amazing, and it gives me great hope not only for the continued success of Crate but also for perhaps another game that might follow in the footsteps of Grim Dawn, I dunno, like a 2nd version of the game with an updated engine, something like, um, Grim Dawn 2 maybe??

Amazing job on this game guys, I can’t wait to see what you do next.

As far as the interview, I loved it. The Holy Grail reference, the “take care of your employees and they won’t stab you in the back” stuff, the no deadlines at all. I mean, Art might be the best boss in the freakin’ world.

To be clear, Iron Lore did think a lot of TQ and TQIT, it was THQ that basically decided at some point that isometric ARPGs were a dying genre and PC was a dying platform.

Also, we’re nearing 5m copies sold now for GD and all DLC. ; )


Could ya give us a ballpark on how well the expacs have done? I’ve been interested in that and I’ve seen others wonder the same as well. Be interesting to know. Wonder how much the Definitive bundle has contributed to recent sales too.

Im actually pleasantly surprised to hear it’s already at 5 mil. Not sure how long ago it was that Z alluded that it was around 4 but it doesn’t feel that long ago. Congrats.


See Grim Dawn FAQ - Compilation of Dev Feedback for feedback on that :wink:

Also check out medierra’s response to a discussion on Steam.

That is amazing. Looks like continued development pays off. I hope other game developers learn from this example :stuck_out_tongue:

its kinda dumb how the publishers never mentioned (at least in that article) diablo 2 success as arpg hackslashloot trendsetter and having titan quest try to follow diablo 2’s success…
or how they think dota & lol is too niche and won’t bring much profit in the market.
or how they think pc games are dying, and consoles are the only thing gamers would buy and play (pc players including me cries loudly but the publisher don’t hear it).

i don’t know why those publishers act like that. or are there some sort of great vid game industry financial depression around 2010?

Only 5 million copy??? Steamspy say ONLY STEAM owners 10-20 MILLION USERS… + GOG

So i cant understand why so few :frowning:

Crate did a free weekend a while back so a lot of players probably tried it out then. Their numbers get counted as “sales” even if they didn’t buy the game afterwards. It’s not a very good indicator really.

I completely forgot about that free weekend thing. Should definitely do another one after the next patch with item mod in the base game.

exactly the same, very surprised,

So happy for you !! :clap::clap::clap:

That’s pretty amazing. GD is the little engine that could, and did, and is still doing. :slight_smile: