BioShock Infinite, Assassin's Creed 4, Call of Duty: Is The B Game Doomed?
As the cost of developing video games continues to rise, big publishers like Ubisoft and Square-Enix have become increasingly conservative. The recent releases of BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, and Call of Duty all point to the continuation of sequelitis that's been happening for years now, and, to many, it's doubtful the PS4 and Xbox 720 can turn things around.
Even Sony's PS4 event, while extolling the virtue of unlimited creative potential, didn't exactly light the industry afire with innovative new gameplay concepts.
According to Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat, next-generation will likely mean more of the same.
"On one end of the spectrum you will have all the big, AAA blockbuster games that [offer] more and more production values, more value for the players, but there will be fewer of them taking a bigger chunk of the market," Mallat said to GamesIndustry International.
As with any industry, though, big budget blockbusters are important. But even as more artists break free, go indie, and publish their games digitally, or on tablets and mobile phones, games that could previously be developed using mid-size budgets will become rarer and rarer.
"The in-between, the belly of the market, is the one that just collapsed in a way and disappeared," Mallat added. "Meaning there is no room for B-games, if I should say so, which proves the point of quality. I think that companies that put quality and consumer value as a primary focus, as we've been doing at Ubisoft, will enjoy great success."
Even though development costs are expected to rise with the arrival of Xbox 720 and PS4, Mallat said that, for his company at least, money issues have become more manageable. Still, it looks like in order to make money as a mainstream, physical disc developer, you need to go big or not bother.
"It's a question of bringing quality content to the gamers and enjoying great success thanks to that," Mallat explained. "So it's OK to invest more when you get more in return."
Ultimately, this isn't really a surprise considering the market already. Most big-selling PS3 and Xbox 360 games are sequels, but the continuation of this development is still a shame. BioShock Infinite and Call of Duty are fine, and I'm sure Assassin's Creed 4 will delight, but many of the most memorable PS2/Xbox/GameCube games were B titles. In their absence we can only hope that the greater relevance of (and access to) indie games will make their disappearance less painful.
Xbox One X Has Better Hardware Than PS4 Pro But Has One Major Problem
The game director discussed why the upcoming Xbox One X can outsmart its rival, PS4 Pro. However, video game analysts can foresee a major problem as well.
Square Enix Announces Dissidia Final Fantasy NT For PlayStation 4
Another Final Fantasy iteration is in the works and is called Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Check out the full details here!
PS4's Missing Backwards Compatibility Explained By Sony
Fans have been requesting backwards compatibility for the PS4 but Sony explains why the feature will not come to the PS4.
Speculated Gold PS4 Now Confirmed By Target Ad
A supposedly leaked Target ad confirms the rumored gold PS4 Slim that is expected to launch next week.
PS4 Firmware 4.70 Update: Details, Problems, Fixes
Sony's PS4 firmware update version 4.70 has reportedly updated the system icons but has also caused some freezing issues on some systems.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Is Your Website a Legal Liability or is it ADA Compliant?
Take a minute to think about how many times a day you use the internet. Do you read email while drinking your morning coffee? Use Google Maps to check traffic on your commute? Maybe you're in the majority of people who use the internet to get the news, watch television, shop and pay bills.
Embracing Bioinformatics in Gene Banks
The preservation of plant biodiversity is the task of the roughly 1,750 gene banks that are distributed around the world. So far, they store plant samples, and sometimes additional phenotypic or genetic information, of around 7,4 million accessions of plant species in total. It is expected that with the facilitated access to improved, quicker and cheaper sequencing and other omics technologies, the number of well-characterized accessions and the amount of detailed information that needs to be stored along with the biological material will be growing rapidly and continuously.
Top 5 Video Games to Play for a Truly Unique First Date
Video games have a way of taking us outside of ourselves and live in a fantasy world. It's even better when you're playing a game with someone special!