David Cage on the Current State of the Industry: “Too Focused on Violence”

May 21, 2012Written by Alex Osborn

Quantic Dream is one of the few developers out there willing to break the mold and explore what games can be outside of the industry’s already well established genres. Studio head David Cage recently spoke to this fact, challenging others to do the same.

In an interview with Develop, Cage explained the motivation that fuels the offbeat direction of Quantic Dream.

I think all I want to do is offer some diversity to the medium. I want to give people the chance to buy something other than ten different first person shooters and RPGs.

There should be games for all ages, all tastes. Whatever is possible with interactive entertainment should be explored, and I don’t think we’re seeing that right now.

The developer went on to point out how focused the games of today are on violence. With the soaring popularity of first-person shooters, the situation has only gotten worse, as more and more teams focus their efforts in this direction. Cage believes that because of this, the industry won’t be able to reach a wider audience. “The industry is too far balanced towards kids and teenagers. It’s too focused on violence,” he said.

Would you like to see more genre-defying games in the vein of Heavy Rain or are you content with more tried and true FPS and RPG titles? Share your thoughts in the comments below.