Q-Games' studio president Dylan Cuthbert has cast his eye forward in a new interview to the next console generation, and the Pixeljunk developer is hoping that "core gaming" will make a resurgence -- that is to say innovative games that can sell "for more than a dollar".
"I’m hoping there will be a resurgence in core gaming," he told Siliconera. "People getting into games for the sake of them being games. Not just like Call of Duty or that kind of core gaming. Like, interesting concepts that are made into games that can sell at a higher price than a dollar.
"You have a lot of innovation on the iPhone, for example, but they have to sell all of their games at a dollar. Unless you’ve got a market of hundreds and hundreds of millions of players it’s very difficult to sell for that price and get your money back. I don’t mind not making a profit on our games, but I do kind of want to break even so we can still work. [Laughs] So, we can feed the children."
A loyal, second-party studio partner of Sony's, and having worked with Nintendo in the past too, Cuthbert is less optimistic when it comes to Microsoft, noting the US company's continuing failure to make an impact in Japan.
"I think it’s very difficult. There are a few people in the office at Q-Games who are Japanese that do play on the Xbox 360 and play on the Kinect, as well. But, I think it’s quite small, the market there.
"I think they need to reinvent themselves a bit. Their image is too corporate and big. They aren't geared towards aesthetics and art and I think that’s a big problem. I think Sony is more in that direction. Nintendo is cute and has their own style, which is fine as well. It’s great for the younger market in Japan. I think that kind of outlook makes a big difference to the games you select and games that you sell."
Cuthert also addressed the Wii U's struggles, and his opinion matches pretty much everyone else's: Nintendo need some games.
"If [Nintendo] are going to win they are going to have to figure out the games," he said. "They probably need like new super IP, a special IP that makes people really interested. But they always come up with something. They are always very innovative. Even with the DS when it first came out people said that’s not very good and it’s not going to do very well, but it sold hundreds of millions and had lots of innovative titles. I think they will find something that will sell a lot. Who would have known Wii Fit would have sold like 15 million units?"