“Next-Gen Consoles Won’t Offer Some of the Things That Make PCs So Appealing” – ARMA 3 Lead
Project Lead Joris-Jan van‘t Land offers his take on the market for PC games.
Joris-Jan van‘t Land has been going through a lot recently. Between the imprisonment of Bohemia Interactive devs in Greece and the closed beta for the upcoming ARMA 3, he’s been a busy man. van’t Land is the Project Lead on the upcoming military first person shooter and we had a chance to chat with him about a few things. In particular, about the PC market, its rise over the past few years and about the success of ARMA 3.
van’t Land responded, stating that, “We certainly hope to be releasing a game and platform that, just like Arma 2, can survive, grow, evolve and expand over the next couple of years. It will be interesting to see how the next cycle of consoles affects things, but generally we don’t believe they will offer some of the things that make the PC so appealing for many: flexibility, tinkering, modding and customization.
“It is also a difficult market. We have to constantly re-evaluate our business models and tackle challenges intelligently, so we can survive, adapt, win.
“It will be interesting to see how the next cycle of consoles affects things, but generally we don’t believe they will offer some of the things that make the PC so appealing ”
Some strong opinions, especially concerning the upcoming PS4 and Xbox 720 consoles. But then, given NVidia’s comments on the matter about how the upcoming consoles will be outdated by the time they release and how PCs are continuously evolving, not to mention the modding community being non-existent on consoles, van’t Land has a point.
ARMA 3 is currently set to release for PC in Q3 of 2013.