IGN reported that Ubisoft’s CEO believes the lack of new consoles has damaged the entire games trade for consumers and developers alike and that there should be a new console every 5 years. Here is his quote from IGN.
“What we missed was a new console every five years,” he said. “We have been penalized by the lack of new consoles on the market. I understand the manufacturers don’t want them too often because it’s expensive, but it’s important for the entire industry to have new consoles because it helps creativity.
“It’s a lot less risky for us to create new IPs and new products when we’re in the beginning of a new generation,our customers are very open to new things. Our customers are reopening their minds — and they are really going after what’s best.
“At the end of a console generation, they want new stuff, but they don’t buy new stuff as much. They know their friends will play Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed so they go for that. So the end of a cycle is very difficult.”
I do agree on the part of “We want new stuff but we wont buy it”. I think about the PS3 and how many original titles it has with great reviews but gamers wont try it because they stick with what they know (Call of Duty, Asssassin’s Creed and sport games). Do we really new a new console for that? We buy a new phone every 1-2 years but do we need to update our consoles as well? Thats a hard question to answer. Maybe consoles are dying and will be replaced by phones/tablets in the next few years. Developers need new platforms to explore new ways to make great games. I hate the idea of spending $250-$400 on a new console every 5 years. A part of me wants what I buy to last long and have good games to play for years to come. Does Ubisoft have a point or are they just trying to get us to spend more money in the gaming industry? Maybe Sony, Microsoft, Apple and Onlive have the right idea with moving forward with cloud gaming and apps. This will allow for cheaper hardware and faster games as long as your internet connection can keep up.
As for the “sequel epidemic” I ranted many times of how some gamers just stick with Call of Duty every year but for the most part I enjoy sequels. As long as they add a new meaningful story, new gameplay elements and noticeable improvements I am all up for a sequel. I love single player games so I fall in love with characters and their story so I want more within time. With Assassin’s Creed there is a new game every year but each game stands on its own and moves the overall story forward. This is an example of how a sequel is done right. I love this generation of gaming but it looks like 2013 is the year we step into the new generation. The WiiU, PS Vita and 3DS are already leading the way. Lets just hope that the future does not disappoint.