David Cage: “Next-Gen Consoles Not Needed Until at Least 2017″
In a recent interview with Develop, Quantic Dream co-founder David Cage expressed his disinterest in the next generation of consoles.
“But to be honest, I’m not that interested in technology or the next generation of consoles. If we could continue with PlayStation 3 for another five years it would be fine with me. I think the main challenges are on the creative side than on the technical side.
Are there technical things I can’t do on PS3? Honestly, no. The limitation is much more about the ideas we have. When you look at the past, you realised that the technology evolved must faster than the concepts we rely on.
As an industry we have pretty much have been building the same games for fifty years, despite the platforms changing.
So, what do I expect from the next generation of hardware? You know, the usual. More polys, and higher resolution texture maps, and, horsepower, and, stuff. Wow. It’s so cool and exciting.”
Cage also mentions how he believes that the video game industry is too focused on violence, a sentiment that I, for one, tend to share. When asked if he thought that was just a result of publishers trying to make safe bets, he had this to say:
“But is it really a safer bet? I’m not sure. Releasing yet another war-based shooter; there are already so many on the market, some of which are so incredibly popular. You probably run the risk of being crowded out in that genre. But it must be profitable for most people, because it’s what the whole industry does. If I wanted to make just profit I’d have made Heavy Rain 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 for our publisher.”
Whether you agree with his views on the industry or not, it’s hard not to take into consideration the points that he tries to make. If you are interested in reading the interview in its entirety, you can find it here