Ahmad told Games Industry that he sees the gaming industry as it’s currently contructed as a continuum, with “one person creating a game and an enormous corporation creating a game.”
“They’re just games,” Ahmad said.
Sony’s guy leading the charge for indie studios, Ahmad said indie developers are closing the gap on AAA studios because it’s easier than ever to not only work with PlayStation to develop games for the PS4, but also because it’s easier in general to create games.
“ … The revolution has, I guess, three main legs. You’ve got digital distribution, you’ve got games everywhere and you’ve got better tools, and all of that has facilitated this explosion in the number of developers. I think it’s allowed more people to make games than ever before, and some of them are going to move on and do bigger things.”
Ahmad called it the “birth of a new wave of next generation developers,” in which some will grow, move on to bigger companies and in turn AAA studios will have bigger development teams.
Others, Ahmad said, will “stay small” and he believes PlayStation has evolved to help small-time developers as much as the big shots.
Ahmad said he believes it’s just a few years time before there will be no distinction between AAA and indie games, that in the end they’ll all just be games for people to play.
“They’ll just be talking about games, and it will be just as valid to have made something coming from a small developer as from a large,” Ahmad said.