AAA Games Are In A Weird Spot, Gears of War Creator Cliff Bleszinski Claims

AA games like Rocket League may be the answer.

Posted By | On 21st, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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The AAA gaming market has seen some uncertainty over the last few years- the volume of releases has gone down, studios have downsized or gone bankrupt, costs have spiralled out of control, more and more cynical profit maximization business practices, such as DLC, season passes, microtransactions, and even rushed games, have become the norm, and games have become largely homogenized as well.

According to Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of Gears of War – arguably the prototypical modern AAA game – AAA games are in a weird spot right now, with lots of customers feeling burned by them as a result. Speaking at Dubrovnik’s Reboot Develop 2017, Bleszinski pointed out that AAA games cost far too much to develop, and their business model is basically ‘unsustainable’. Customers themselves can only afford to pay $60 for a limited number of games every year, especially with considerations such as Season Passes and DLC thrown in- but practices like microtransactions and buggy and rushed launches are making them wary of spending even that money on games, which in turn is causing more pressure, and therefore more of a trend towards these abusive practices, in the AAA industry.

The solution may be something like ‘AA’ games. AA games is essentially new parlance for mid tier games- these used to exist until the transition tot he HD era, when, unable to keep up with costs, the bottom fell out of that market. Recently, they have started to make a comeback, with games like Rocket League, or publisher Focus Home interactive’s lineup, being some notable instances in this category. Bleszinski says that these games, by focusing on comparatively limited scope, cheaper budgets as a result, and cheaper prices (thanks to largely digital only releases), have done exceedingly well- and this may counteract the disillusionment with AAA gaming.

On the whole, this is not something I can disagree with, and it is something I have spoken of myself a lot in the past. I think that the resurgence of Japanese gaming – most of which can hardly be called AAA, let’s be honest – is also proof that people are getting tired of AAA games, and are now looking elsewhere. I welcome this- the more variety in the gaming market, the better.

[via WCCFTech]


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    Gears sold poorly because it’s an Xbox exclusive,due to the poor sales of Xbox it wll never make a fortune, sadly the Scorpio powerful as it may be will not sell as many as Xbox One. Titanfall had to release their follow up to Playstation to make it viable. Tombraider could not sell enough on Xbox alone.

    • kma99

      Street fighter, the order and gravity rush says hello

    • LifeOnMars

      Horizon Zero Dawn, says I’m just doing fine thank you.

    • kma99

      Forza horizon thanks for the contribution

    • LifeOnMars

      Windows welcomes the 12 year old friend

    • kma99

      Ps now invites plenty of input lag

    • LifeOnMars

      Don’t waste your money on PS now, you will only get the older budget games anway. If you want the Sony exclusives buy a Playstation.

    • kma99

      Why would i do that when sony has mostly story driven single player games that i can rent for a month and beat for a that monthly fee instead of paying 250 bucks for a ps4? Isn’t that what you sony guys always say about xbox

    • LifeOnMars

      Don’t waste your money on PS now, you will only get the older budget games anway. If you want the Sony exclusives buy a Playstation.
      As you said you will get Laggy old games

    • kma99

      How can u say im wasting money when im saving monry by not having to buy an expensive console? That’s money saved

    • LifeOnMars

      YOU WON’T GET THE FULL PLAYSTATION EXPERIENCE WITH PS NOW.

    • kma99

      I DONT NEED THE FULL PLAYSTATION EXPERIENCE. ITS MOSTLY SINGLR PLAYER GAMES THAT ONCE YOU BEAT IT THEY ARE DONE. I JUST NEED TO PLAY THE GAME AND MOVE ON.

    • LifeOnMars

      I can see that quality doesn’t matter to you , you are an Xbox fanboy after all. Just give sony your money if that is the experience that you want, If I yearn for any Xbox title I will just spend £150 on a graphics card for one of my PS’s.

    • kma99

      Why do i need to worry about quality now? Isn’t it supposed to only be about the games? Isn’t pc the highest quality in gaming anyway? So if i can play all games on pc why would i need a console? 1 platform for everything and pc games are cheaper.

    • LifeOnMars

      Sony exclusives are not on PC

    • kma99

      Then what is ps now and why is it accessible on my pc?

    • Holeybartender

      PS Now runs the same regardless of hardware,PC itself can’t play PlayStation exclusives.

    • kma99

      So if my pc isnt playing thr gamr then how exactly could i play it on pc?

    • Holeybartender

      I’m talking about downloading or installing the games to your PC and using your own PC settings then play them anytime you want.

    • kma99

      Why should i care about pc settings when i simply just want to play the same. I have a 1080p monitor so im not concerned about ultra settings when the ps4 doesnt even offer ultra settings

    • LifeOnMars

      When you play a game via PS Now, you’ll stream it direct from cloud servers over your broadband internet connection.

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      It’s there to take money off Xbox fan boys who are too proud to buy Playstation

    • Holeybartender

      Lol

    • kma99

      So its ok for sony fanboys to use this argument but now when regurgitate the samr arguments you are giving me excuses

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      Nintedo exclusives are not on PC.

    • Holeybartender

      PC games are cheap games…and I don’t mean cost.

    • kma99

      Depends on who u ask.

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      So true..

      “Some in-game features in the PS Now version of a game may differ from those in the disc-based or download versions of the title. These may include DLC add-on incompatibility, reduced resolution, restricted access to in-game stores, lack of user generated content functions and stereo sound compatibility”

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      Why?Because they are that damn good.There are PlayStation games I still play 20 years later. I can buy them once and play those single-player experiences over and over and OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!!

    • kma99

      Sure u can play any game over and over again but if you beat it once you really have no real reason to play it again. So again i save money in the end

    • Holeybartender

      That’s as poor of an excuse as saying you’ll never watch your favorite movie ever again.

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      Surr i can watch my favorite movie again. Showbox firestick and netflix. 2 of those i can play on my phone

    • Holeybartender

      Oh gee,if that’s the case then there is no excuse to hate on PS Now now is there.

      I still own all my past PlayStations and games,I don’t have to rent sh*t,that is the appeal of buying over renting.

    • kma99

      Im not hating on anything im using simple logic. I own all consoles even thr switch with just 1 game worth playing. Like i said im using the same argument sony fanboys use. So the next time a sony fanboy uses this argument for xbox games i want to see u give the same responses you’re giving me. We know the both of you wont do that.

    • Holeybartender

      I would never suggest renting over buying unless it’s to see if you want to invest in buying said game or console. I did the whole buy a console for 1 or 2 games thing with Gamecube but ended up trading it in for the new PlayStation knowing i’d get a ton more use out of it. Would I have liked to keep my Gamecube? Sure.

    • kma99

      I wouldnt suggest it to anyone either but if you are predominantly a pc player or on a budget then why not use it instead of investing in something you really dont plan on using much except for when an exclusive comes out that you want to play? Its common sense.

    • doplerradar

      Actually Gears have been known to sell well as a exclusive. Also Titanfall is considered successful. Bringing the sequel to PS was always planned and is exactly what I would have done to make sales even better. Tomb Raider sold over 1 million copies on Xbox.

  • Mr Xrat

    Developers and publishers have been saying this for years. MS has been practising it by releasing so few games last yet they were classified as a mid-tier publisher by Metacritic.

    But, Xgimps will continue to delude themselves that they get a dozen AAAA trillion dollar exclusives every year.

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    Sorry Blowzinski…you can’t dumb me down.


 

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