Why I’m a Little Worried About the PS4 and Xbox 720
By Furious Francis, editor in chief
If all the internet rumors are to be believed, the PS4 and Xbox 720 are right around the corner. Major E3 unveilings could be coming in a little over half a year’s time for Microsoft and Sony. The industry needs new consoles, and I am really excited to get my hands on the PS4 and Xbox 720. However, there are a few concerns I have about these systems. Cost of Development, and Japanese game support to name a few. Check out the article through the link, and be sure to comment on what you think.
Cost of Development
The HD era raised development costs to unseen levels back in 2005 with the Xbox 360. Making HD games is really expensive and the development costs are looking to go even higher next generation. Look at the type of budgets that are needed to create games like Killzone, God of War, Halo, MAG, Assassin’s Creed. ect. Over 20 studios closed down this year and THQ, a staple in the industry for years now, might be next. Epic Games chief technology officer and co-founder Tim Sweeney said that game development cost will double compared to the beginning of the current generation. The “Samaritan” tech demo last year was made by a 30-person team in four months work.
“If we extrapolate that into creating an entire game, we were worried that the cost would go up by a factor of three or four or even five in the next generation,” Sweeney said. “And of course, we felt that was not acceptable.”
The PS4 and Xbox 720 will see big developers like Activision and Ubisoft developing for the system but smaller developers and publisher probably won’t have the money to make games for the system unless it’s an XBLA or PSN release.
Lack of Japanese Game Support
Japan is clearly in a little bit of a slump right now, but like any great boxer, they will come back swinging. The current generation saw a steep decline in franchises like Final Fantasy. The PS2 Final Fantasy games not only beat Final Fantasy XIII in sales, but were also better games, and cost no-where near the same amount to develop. Major RPGs like Monster Hunter, and Dragon Quest have ready jumped ship to the Wii U and 3DS. There is even a secret Big Budget Japanese RPG in development as a Wii U exclusive too. Many Japanese developers might opt to develop on the cheaper Wii U and portable systems than the PS4 and Xbox 720. We will always see the Resident Evil’s and Metal Gear Solid games on the most powerful and expensive systems, but most Japanese developers don’t have the money Capcom and Konami have. The fact that we haven’t seen a major Persona RPG on the PS3 or Xbox 360 is a bad sign, considering Persona 4 was one of the best reviewed PS2 RPGs and sold reasonably well.
Shooters will be the Dominate Genre
I understand millions of people love shooters and I like a few like Mass Effect and Dishonored that incorporate other genre’s. But I think we can all agree that way too many shooters get released these days. You’ll get one game like XCOM and ten games like Call of Duty. XBLA and PSN have done a phenomenal job in showing off a wide range of content, but I can’t help but think with the graphical enhancement of the PS4 and Xbox 720, publishers will only have confidence shooters will sell well. Sega didn’t even want to pay for Bayonetta 2 on the PS3 and Xbox 360. But they have NO problem funding Aliens Colonial Marines on four different platforms.
By no means is this a doom article nor am I bashing the PS4 or Xbox 720. I’m really excited to get my PS4 and I am currently loving my Wii U. I just have a few concerns based on the what happened this generation and what Epic said about the cost of development. What do you guys think about the PS4 and Xbox 720? Will the costs be too high? Will Japanese developers have the funds to deliver AAA games on the PS4 and Xbox 720? Put your comments below.
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