Insomniac: “The Industry Thrives On New IPs”
Not everyone is convinced that lazy, closed-minded gamers who won’t by new IP is the reason for the video gaming industry’s current woes. Some developers think – SHOCKER – that gamers are actually keenly interested in new IP and that they’ll want it for both the waning 7th generation and for next gen systems. Take Insomniac Games, makers of the Ratchet and Clank series and the upcoming Fuse, for example.
Speaking to OXM about Fuse, Insomniac’s Brian Allgeier asserted rather confidently that new IP is a good thing, and is what gamers want. “I think this industry thrives on new IPs and I think it’s what keeps things going and renews it,” he said. “This was a great opportunity for us to come out with a game when a lot of other people are coming out with sequels.”
And, as if to spit in the face of everyone claiming that the 7th generation’s long life is the reason that new IP is so scarce, Allgeier said this: “I don’t think people are just going to throw their Xbox’s and PS3′s out the window once the new consoles come. I think people are still going to be playing them, and they’ll want to play new games.”
Damn son, saucy. And probably true. New games, even some new IP, was released for the Playstation 2 well into the Playstation 3 era, and there’s no reason to think it’ll be any different this go around.