BioWare Mythic general manager Eugene Evans, a man with over three decades of industry experience, has suggested that the key to success when it comes to next-gen consoles will be directly related to the ease with which console communities might be migrated from one generation to the next.
"I actually think one of the keys to success for whoever becomes the leaders with the next round will be how successfully they migrate those communities," he stated at Develop.
"People have their Gametags, they have their friends lists on these devices. The key will be how well they migrate that.
"The company that does that the best, I think, will be the most successful."
At first glance, Microsoft are in the best position, with a unified Xbox account delivering content across consoles, mobile platforms, and browsers. Xbox LIVE has long been held as the frontrunning online service of the big three.
"[The thing about] the transition we're about to go through again, with the inevitable new platforms from Sony, from Microsoft, from Nintendo, is, for the first time, they have connected communities on their existing devices."
It's not quite the first time for Microsoft, of course, with Xbox LIVE first making waves last geenration, but for Nintendo this is certainly new ground, and a necessity that they themselves have admitted that the Wii U and 3DS will need. [via EG]