What Genre Will Dominate In The Next Generation Of Gaming?
There are a number of ways to discuss and argue the subject of "most popular genre."
This generation, most will quickly claim that it's obviously first-person shooters, as the Call of Duty franchise has dominated sales charts for years, and the Battlefield series has sold millions as well.
However, as some developers have said in the past, unless you've got "Call of Duty" or "Battlefield" in the title of your shooter, it's going to be a surprisingly difficult sell, regardless of critical acclaim; the Resistance and Killzone games never really sold as well as they should've, and other IPs like Singularity and RAGE fell short of expectations. Besides, going across the board, the very broad "action" genre is probably the biggest, especially with Grand Theft Auto leading the charge, followed closely (and eclipsed in terms of annual sales) by the blockbuster Assassin's Creed franchise.
Sports games have fallen off in popularity and the music/rhythm genre is all but dead, and you can't really expect role-playing games to gain the lead. The latter is simply far too niche, too hardcore, and with the gaming audience getting more casual by the day, there's little chance RPGs will ever "dominate" in terms of sales. So maybe it's just down between shooters and action - or action/adventure - in the next generation, unless something changes. New technology doesn't necessarily translate to new ideas, remember. Only occasionally.
10/16/2012 9:49:25 PM Ben Dutka