Developers have been coming out either in staunch support or strong opposition regarding the rumours that the next generation of consoles won't support pre-owned games. Crytek has added their voice to the debate, stating that the pre-owned block would be "absolutely awesome" - and that they're amazed the used games industry is still around.
When asked about the controversial rumours by CVG, Crytek director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard reckoned that the anti preowned iniative would bring the games industry in line with software in general.
From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It's weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn't work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well.
It's clear that Crytek are still smarting over Crysis 2 being 2011's most pirated game - and Hojengaard had a thing or two to say about that as well.
It's very flattering and upsetting at the same time. Obviously you miss so much revenue, it's so clear that a lot of people want to play your game but they don't really want to pay for it, which is unfortunately really disappointing.
It's also a little flattering because people are willing to bother download these 10GB files or whatever the game takes because they think it looks great. We obviously want to avoid that this time, but even if we can convert 25 percent of those gamers into paying customers [you have an extra million sales].
Sadly, Hojengaard doesn't know exactly how Crytek plans to do that yet - but we reckon that CD Projekt have the right idea...
Where do you stand on the pre-owned debate? Is it a serious problem - or just a basic consumer right that publishers love to scapegoat? Let us know in the comments.