Kojima: The market is content with current offerings, unsure if gamers want new experiences
Hideo Kojima, (no introduction needed) says that current gaming market is content with FPS’ and the likes, because the consumers are content with whatever is on offer right now. He also says that Japanese games will find it tough to sell a lot, and there are only a few franchises that do that.
“It’s much more competitive now: if you look at triple-A titles on a worldwide scale there’s maybe only ten really big games that can get gamers’ attention, and I’m not sure how Japan can compete on that level,” he revealed to Official PlayStation Magazine.
“I think it’s more consumer demand – right now, consumers are happy with what they have. First-person shooters sell like crazy, so there’s not really a strong demand for anything else, and that’s why [original ideas] stop being made.
“People are satisfied with making minor upgrades and tweaking things here and there – as long as that’s the landscape, it will keep on happening. I don’t see a problem necessarily, but at the same time it is nice to see new things come.”
It’s hard to innovate now he says, but creators can try.
“Maybe you can make a Batman game that has the Batman title, but you can still be free with what you make the game into. Making something that’s completely new – where the gameplay, the characters, the world, everything is completely from scratch – that’s very hard to realise in this day and age.”
Maybe the new console generation will change everything, but for now, listen to Kojima’s ramblings, maybe it makes sense.
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