Firefall Dev: “Consoles, I Believe, Are Dead”
For years, we’ve heard Doomsayers claim that PC gaming is dying — yet it’s still around. Now, a developer has come out with a counterclaim: console gaming is dying. Firefall creator and former World of Warcraft lead Mark Kern believes that the console business model is dying out.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Kern said:
“It takes billions of dollars of investment to create a console and then you have to milk it for five to seven years in order to get your money back.
“I think the model is broken. You keep making these bigger and bigger bets and what that forces you to do is play it safer and safer. And if you play it safer and safer with your gameplay, people will get tired of the crap you’re serving. When that happens, they get bored and they will leave. And you haven’t fostered any of the middle ground innovation and new ideas that you need to tap into next.
“So something has to change. Consoles, I believe, are dead.”
Kern has no plans to bring Firefall to console.