In a yet to be published interview with GamingBolt, Red Barrels’ co-founder Philippe Morin has shared his thoughts on next generation consoles, and the influence they will have on both indie games and AAA titles going forward.
He believes that due to democratization of the gaming industry and the rise of mobile gaming have made sure that consoles are no longer the center of the gaming industry.
“What we’ve seen in recent years is a democratization of the market. There is a wider variety of games. A mobile game can be as successful as a big blockbuster. The movie industry has been like this for a long time, think about The Blair Witch Project, but new platforms and the rise of the downloadable games has transformed the industry.
I don’t feel like consoles are the center of the gaming industry anymore. They don’t have has much influence as they used to. Certainly more powerful hardware will help make spectacular games and online stores will help indie games reach the console market, but I doubt the next generation of consoles will create a revolution. And it’s not necessarily a problem. Books have been around for a long time and people are still writing them and reading them,” he said.
He also believes that the current trends in video games will continue to exist but new gaming experiences will be created in the way.
“New gaming experiences will come, but it won’t necessarily result in the death of old and/or current games. The same way some people still have a blast playing Pac-Man. That’s why we simply focus on what we like to play and don’t pay to much attention to trends and fashion,” he added.
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