Crytek 100% Supports A Console That Blocks Used Games
Although it's probably nothing more than an unfounded rumor, there is some talk about next-generation consoles blocking used games.
And as far as Crysis developer Crytek is concerned, that's just fine. In fact, it's "awesome." In speaking to CVG, Crytek director of creative management, Rasmus Hojengaard, first spoke about the problems of dealing with complex new hardware.
"The worst thing that can happen is they make something that's very complex for developers, regardless of how awesome it might theoretically be. So getting hardware that allows you to quickly get prototypes up and running, and any kind of scalability they can offer will be great as well, as long as everyone has that scalability and not just a select few."
Then, Hojengaard was asked about the possibility of the new systems from Sony and Microsoft banning the play of pre-owned games (a much-discussed topic), to which he replied:
"From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It's weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn't work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well."
The haul generated by the three million sales produced by Crysis 2 would've been much more significant for both publisher and developer had they not missed out on profiting from used game sales. Therefore, it's unsurprising to hear Hojengaard say this; he's hardly the only developer to support it. However, that being said, analysts have said it's very unlikely that either the new PlayStation or Xbox will actually block used games.
For the time being, the pre-owned game debate will continue to rage.
4/25/2012 9:40:46 AM Ben Dutka