Evil West developer says Xbox Series S didn’t hold the game back

Contrary to recent claims, a lead producer from Evil West developer Flying Wild Hog discusses how the Xbox Series S didn’t prove to be an obstacle.

One Bad West The developer has retracted claims that the Xbox Series S will hinder the current generation of consoles. Publisher Focus Entertainment and developer Flying Wild Hog recently announced what performance can be expected for Bad West across all platforms, which drew criticism given that the framerate and resolution for the Xbox Series S and Xbox One are apparently the same.

When it was revealed that Gotham Knights would only run at 30 frames per second on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, heated online debate ensued. Many were disappointed with the console’s cap, and even caused developers to offer their not-so-positive opinions on the Xbox Series S. Lee Denovald, a developer from Rocksteady, blamed the console’s lower-spec GPU, describing this generation as “struck by this potato”. Denovald’s opinion was soon supported by independent developer Ian Maclure, who stated that the developers were constantly trying to “drop the launch requirements of the Series S”.


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In an interview with German outlet Xbox Dynasty, Tomek Gop, lead producer at Flying Wild Hog, disputes the claim that the Xbox Series S is “an albatross around the neck of production.” When asked about the potential limitations introduced by the Xbox Series S, Gop was adamant, “No, why would it?” He went further, stating that there is no requirement “to make the Series X version look exactly like the Series S, so we’re not limited as developers.”

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Gop further described the Xbox Series S as “a great product on the market” and claimed he knew many who “use it as an all-in-one box for family entertainment.” The researcher also asked why the Xbox Series S version is limited to 30 frames per second, which Gop justified by describing how maintaining a constant 60 frame rate was not feasible and opting for a stable experience was considered the best option.

Definitive statements are unlikely to assuage any of the concerns about the viability of the Xbox Series S, but Flying Wild Hog doesn’t seem to be worried. With Bad West due out in a few days, marketing for the vampire-slaying action-adventure has ramped up. A trailer starring Danny Trejo was released earlier this week that took aim at specific forms of microtransactions, which Bad West it does not include. Additionally, players can expect the main campaign to last around 10-15 hours, which can be completed alone or with a friend, as co-op functionality was confirmed earlier this month.

Bad West will be available on November 22nd for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: Xbox Dynasty

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