"are at their peak," and yet "there's a hole" to be filled still by fantasy, which barely touches it.
It's "made its way into the mass-market" thanks to Lord of the Rings, but it remains unrepresented in action games. RPG on the rise.
"There's an opportunity, there's a hole," Finley told in an interview.
"Fantasy is one of the biggest genres on the planet. A few people went to see a little movie called Lord of the Rings. I think fantasy has made its way into the mass-market and it's not represented in action games, which is just wrong," he said.
Role-playing and fantasy elements will rise in popularity more over the coming years predicts the ex-Interplay boss for Europe.
"BioShock is an RPG. We're talking about putting less role-playing elements in our game than even BioShock had - and nobody's sitting around talking about how BioShock's an RPG," said Findley. "It's subtle, it's invisible to the player."
"There are elements to the RPG genre that we love; storytelling, deep worlds, immersive universes and character development. Starting off really weak and becoming powerful - these are universal things that games have done since the beginning of time."
InXile is busy developing fantasy brawler Hunted: The Demon's Forge for Xbox 360 under the Bethesda Softworks flag - it's listed as an action-RPG. We have been noticing RPG seepage into a lot of action games lately - player progression and ranks.
Do you foresee a rise of fantasy and RPG, videogamer?