Bleszinski: Industry In Worst State Of Turmoil Since 80s Crash
The video game industry is currently in a state of upheaval and turmoil, or so says one of its leading designers.
Epic Games boss Cliff Bleszinski told GamesIndustry Interational that gaming is in its worst position since the unfortuate crash of the 1980s.
"This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s. I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil."
He went on to say that Nintendo might have to become a software-only company at some point in the future, citing the company's less-than-stellar Wii U sales (only 57,000 units sold in the US in January). Bleszinski added that "Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows" and at the same time, more and more people enjoy playing games on their iPad. Basically, he says the industry is kinda like Super Smash Bros. and he's just interested to see "if Peach or Mario wins." ...is Sony Mario or Peach?
The question is whether or not a generational transition automatically implies "turmoil," or if there are other deeper problems in the industry. Is the Wii U Nintendo's last hurrah? Will Microsoft announce their new console in April? And if so, who will have the edge going into the next generation?
2/25/2013 9:19:08 PM Ben Dutka