Naughty Dog Wants A Diverse Gaming Landscape
There are plenty of people in the gaming industry saying things such as indie is the future, triple-A will die out, mobile gaming is where the money is and so much more. They’re all arguments for why one model of gaming will reign supreme above all others. However, naughty Dog’s Bruce Straley wants a more diverse gaming ecosystem and believes that various tiers and forms of gaming are essential in keeping things diverse.
Speaking during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session, Straley called for diversity in gaming experiences.
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“I don’t think mobile development is the future. And I don’t think the industry as a whole should put all their eggs into any ONE basket (nor do I think they are honestly),” Straley said. “We need diversity. We need indie games, mid-tier games, AAA games, and mobile.”
This came in response to a fan suggesting mobile development is where gaming was moving globally while triple-A collapses in on itself.
“Well, first off there’s a lot of assuming & hypothesizing there–IS the AAA market bubble going to burst? No one knows right? But yes, I do think there is an opportunity for devs to create the ‘Journeys’ and ‘Rayman Legends’ that occupy that mid-tier, really well executed, fun games that GAMERS will buy,” Straley said.
Finally, Straley said Naughty Dog could, in theory, make a great game without a AAA budget. However, don’t expect Naughty Dog to do this because it probably would not make business sense, he said.
“The next question would have to be ‘can that kind of game then support a studio of our size, with the talent we have??’ hmmm…. doubtful?? I’m no business man, but we’ve built the studio on being able to turn out a certain level of quality games, that our fans have grown to love & look to us for,” Straley said.
Personally, I’m very much aligned with what Straley said and believe that these different forms of gaming can co-exist and need to co-exist to keep our experiences varied.