Gears of War Creator Says Industry Is in "Massive State of Turmoil"

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Former Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski, who left the Gears of War developer in 2012, believes the gaming industry is in a state of turmoil. Speaking to, Bleszinski said, "This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s."

Bleszinski continued, "I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad. The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we're ready to do digital download games all the time."

The industry is "in a massive state of turmoil" largely because of the red tape of closed platforms. For Bleszinski, hardware creators must embrace open platforms such as PC and tablets, and be "open to alternative business models" akin to Minecraft.

Bleszinski cited his own game's previous issues as a lesson learned, and explained that the future of digital games necessitates resources that allow an online ecosystem to thrive. "If Microsoft and Sony are to do well in this next generation, they are going to need to reduce [update] time as much as possible," Bleszinski said, "as well as continue to enable user-supported mods, independent games, and really just get rid of the wall that makes it incredibly hard to find those products."

I have been thinking about another crash in the industry for a few years, with digital distribution, DLC, subscriptions, freemium games and other business models that seem to make people angry I wonder how the next generation will do. I do believe that in the next couple of years we will not be able to buy our games on disk.

The good news is publishing giant EA has already seen that the online pass wont work and reversed its position on that. If they want money from the second hand market they need to deal with the dealers not the consumers. As far a subscriptions go market analysis Michael Pachter has come out and said the reason games are not selling enough copies to be profitable is because COD need to be subscription based. WTF? 2 weeks latter Bobby Kotic from Activision said he would love to see a subscription model for COD games. Boom then comes the premium membership for COD and Battlefield series.

With developers looking for ways to get more cash from us consumers and nickle and dime us to death i wonder if the next generation will indeed crash. Maybe once they force the all digital era upon us everyone will abandon Sony and MS and go to Steam or some other cheaper options....hmmmm

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