Looking Foward: More New IPs Or More Franchise Sequels?
As the new generation looms large, we wonder: Will the next generation see more new IPs than ever before, or will the safe, comfortable, expected franchise sequels become even more prominent?
It's always a difficult question for developers and publishers. On the one hand, you have to consider how much money is invested into big AAA productions, and failure means the loss of many jobs and declining reputations. And when it's almost guaranteed that another Call of Duty or Battlefield will generate more than sufficient income, there's not a whole lot of incentive to take unnecessary risks.
On the other hand, those risks are indeed necessary if we wish to keep originality and innovation alive. That's really the lifeblood of any creative-based industry, so it's critical that highly talented designers continue to come up with new IPs. The only question is whether or not we'll see more new IPs in the new generation than we're expecting, and whether sequels, prequels and spin-offs will dominate. With new hardware, some developers may want to push themselves and try something new; that's how Naughty Dog ultimately delivered the first Uncharted title early in the PS3's lifespan.
And we all know how that turned out. But there are many stories of attempts at freshness and innovation that have fallen very flat, and those aren't happy stories. Obviously, we want the industry to strike a healthy balance...but will it? Let's hope.
10/14/2013 10:26:08 PM Ben Dutka