Eidos life president and Fighting Fantasy legend Ian Livingstone is a little worried about "mid-tier" developers, suggesting that the trend which sees triple-A games and casual titles raking in the cash is only going to make the situation worse for those in the middle ground.
“It’s certainly a case of the rich getting richer,” said Livingstone at a BAFTA event last night.
“The bar is being raised in every sequel that the mid-tier developers haven’t got a hope in hell of surviving. Everyone is buying the same games like Call of Duty and FIFA. The mid-tier is going to go away because people have so much more choice on mobile platforms and Facebook today."
He qualified this later by inserting the word "console" in there later on.
"Mid-tier console games have got huge problems ahead," he stated.
This is nothing new, to be honest. The risky middle ground has been in decline for some time, and is likely to get worse as we move towards the next generation of consoles with development and publishing costs spiralling ever higher. [Develop]