Feb 25th, 2013
"This is how the industry looks right now."
“This is how the industry looks right now.”

 

According to Cliff Bleszinski, former designer for Epic Games (made famous for Gears of War), the industry is in turmoil (news flash: he’s right). Speaking to Gamesindustry International, 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. 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.

In regards to the other major players and platforms, Bleszinski said he believes Sony and Microsoft will soon “come to major blows” (another news flash: this is nothing new). He also said PC gaming is “going through a wonderful renaissance right now” and that gamers are “ready to do digital download games all the time.” All of this, unsurprisingly, is a bit of popular opinion, but likely sound predictions, though there are naysayers in regards to the PC’s future in gaming and in general.

On a potential return, Bleszinski told Gamesindustry International that now is “the absolute worst time” to return, citing the aforementioned problems, as well as newer business models the industry needs to take such as different price points for different games (i.e., not every new release being $60). Ironically, Bleszinski will be the keynote speaker for the East Coast Games Conference, which will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 24-25. Judging by his words of omen, it might be an interesting speech indeed.

As always, the direction of the industry largely depends on consumer behavior. So, what are your thoughts? Is Bleszinski right, or has he been plagued with religious extremist doom-and-gloom hysteria?