Bleszinski: Industry Turmoil Worst Since ’80s Crash
Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski may one day return to the gaming industry, but not while the industry remains in this tumultuous state of transition.
Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Bleszinski explained that now would be “the absolute worst time” for him to return to the video game industry. He said:
“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. 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… I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it’s like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins.”
Bleszinski believes that if any of the major console makers hope to emerge victorious, they’ll need to adopt the qualities of more open platforms like the PC. He said:
“When Gears of War 2 launched and we found out that our netcode wasn’t working right, it took us three months to get an update out. By that time, the majority of users had moved on to the next game or had traded it in. If Microsoft and Sony are to do well in this next generation, they are going to need to reduce that time as much as possible, 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, even if they’re allowed on the console… All that red tape needs to be stripped away in order to create an ecosystem to allow for a product like Minecraft to actually happen on a console.”
Would you welcome Bleszinski back to the industry, or are you glad he’s stepped down? I’d like to see him return, myself.