Jaffe On Next-Gen: "I'm Not Interested"
In general, it seems that most gamers and developers are quite happy with the current generation of hardware.
Iconic designer David Jaffe takes it one step further, though: in regards to the next generation of hardware and technology, he just "couldn't care less." In speaking to Edge, the Twisted Metal and God of War creator said that things move so quickly; i.e., new technology becomes ho-hum really fast. Said Jaffe:
"I couldn't care less about next-gen. I started at Sony Imagesoft doing Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games, and I went through that to PS1, then PS2, PS3, Vita… You go through the cycle enough and you realize today's 'Oh my f****** God' is tomorrow's 'Ehh, whatever.'
Ultimately, this is all going to be yesterday's news and it's about the experience, the game. Unless we're talking about holodecks, or AI that's so amazing it can actually write a compelling story around you procedurally based on your choices, I'm not interested."
Jaffe added that new hardware will only make game development more difficult for "ambitious projects," and instead of focusing our attention on power, maybe console makers should create systems with overall better functionality. In other words, rather than bigger budgets, how's about more streamlined experiences?
"I'm no longer that excited about next-gen technology; it means budgets go up," he says. "It sucks. The biggest thing I want is what you get from the PSP and the 3DS; it's always on, there's a sleep mode and I can just hit a button and I'm right back where I was and I don't have to go through all the boot-up s***."
Jaffe previously founded Eat Sleep Play, a studio that recently produced the well-received Twisted Metal reboot. Jaffe has left the team, though, and it'll be interesting to see what he does next. As for his views on next-gen consoles...you have to admit, he makes a logical point.
3/13/2012 9:16:59 AM Ben Dutka