1UP hosts a roundtable featuring Bill Roper (Cryptic Studios), Alan Miranda (Ossian Studios), Marcin Iwiński (CD Projekt) and Feargus Urquhart (Obsidian Entertainment) about the future of RPGs.

Dragon Age: Origins is the biggest singleplayer role-playing game release of the season. It's also the only big-budget singleplayer RPG coming out this season. The RPG is one of the oldest genres in gaming, but big releases are becoming rarer each year.

Fallout games are mentioned a lot in the discussion, from Fallout 1 to Fallout 3, which is not surprising given that Feargus Urquhart worked on Fallout, Fallout 2 and his studio is now working on Fallout: New Vegas, and that Marcin Iwiński's CD Projekt is the owner of Good Old Games, which sells the classic Fallout titles.

For example, Iwiński says:

I still remember BioWare releasing mods for Neverwinter Nights through their store -- it was a novelty those days. Today, if you look at Fallout 3 and [Bethesda's] DLC strategy -- it is really smart, and gamers do appreciate it. If you have enjoyed the game and want to extend the experience, why not spend an additional 9 to 15 bucks for a couple of quests, to find out more about the world of the game, background heroes, etc. I am repeating myself, but it's again all about the story and your experience in it.

You can read the whole thing here.

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