Cliffy B on Xbox One Losing Used Game DRM Restrictions: “More Studios Will Close”, Microtransactions Will “Skyrocket”
During E3, we let you know about Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski’s thoughts on the Xbox One blocking/charging for used games, with the developer saying that it was positive and was the only way to make AAA games financially viable. But with Microsoft backtracking faster than a family-focused politician after a sex tape, what are his thoughts now? Read on.
Cliffy B tweeted [collated and edited for sense]:
More studios WILL close and you’ll see more PC and mobile games.
I have seen the number of unique gamer tags vs actual sales numbers and it ain’t pretty.
At the end of the day many hardcore dislike what was attempted. You can’t do well in that space with many of your core unhappy… Especially when users have a choice. The nature of capitalism encourages competition and Sony played into that.
Brace yourselves. More tacked on multiplayer and DLC are coming.
You’re also about to see available microtransactions skyrocket. HATS FOR EVERYONE.
I want *developers* who worked their asses off to see money on every copy of their game that is sold instead of Gamestop. Fuck me, right?
*Sony* forced Microsoft’s hand, not the internet whining.
You’re going to see digital versions of your favorite games with added “features” and content to lure you to digital over disc based.
I find it funny how people are saying that I “lost” when I don’t have a job or an allegiance now.
What I do have is 20 years of experience making games and seeing how the sausage is made.
He also said there would be more PC exclusives as a result, and that Valve would win the next gen console war.
Of course, both EA and Ubisoft said that they wouldn’t charge for used games on next gen consoles, so even if MS had stuck to their guns it wouldn’t have helped developers, and EA already revealed plans to microtransaction the hell out of everything. But do you think that publishers and developers will suffer? Are we all doomed? Let us know in the comments below.