A former design director says that the video game industry is in a state of “turmoil,” writes Eddie Makuch for Gamespot on Feb. 25.
In particular, Cliff Bleszinski, former design director for Epic Games, compares the current state of the industry to the infamous video game crash of the 1980s. "This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s. I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil," Bleszinski said.
He goes on to postulate that Nintendo may become a “software-only company,” and may leave the hardware arena altogether. This is in evidence after Nintendo only sold 57,000 WiiU units as of Jan. in the United States alone.
"I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward," he said. "I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad. The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we're ready to do digital download games all the time…I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins.”
Bleszinski will be the keynote speaker at PAX East 2013 in March, so he will no doubt drop more of his theories there.
For more information, check out Eddie Makuch’s article on Gamespot.