An article in January on IGN with Capcom stated that the development time for our PS4 and Xbox One games is 8 to 10 longer than it would take from our previous generation of consoles. I stumbled across this article again and began to think, what will this do for our new consoles?
Due to the elongated development time for these games, we might expect to not see game developers annualize franchises they normally would (ex. Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) and in addition to that we might not really see as many games based off of popular culture IPs such as films or tv shows.
Game developers that churn out annual titles could come out with sub par games that would damage their franchise reputation because I’m sure fans would notice the games not being different enough from the previous entries or being poorly made due to the high graphical capacity of our current gen consoles.
Smaller game development companies who try to capitalize on the lower common denominator of gamers (children or fans of pop culture IPs) won’t have enough money to release a simple adaptation of those properties.
In other words I’m sure we should expect a higher quality product that we can play a lot longer and appreciate before it’s next successors.
It may be even safe to say that Call of Duty might drop the Apple approach to their game releases and instead of releasing a game every year and a half maybe something more closer to 2 and a half or 3 years. Activision isn’t stupid either and may follow a more cautious approach to DLC and release more expansive content rather than just maps but include extra content like guns as well to keep their fans stocked with a schedule of content.
You could also assume that since we’ll be playing these games longer, we might run into servers that aren’t ready for that kind of load that could crash constantly. With our last gen, there were more varying franchises floating around that not everyone was playing.
For some this could be a benefit because for the first time we are all forced to play the same games on the same schedule… as opposed to having to beg your friends to get off of the new Call of Duty and play the new Battlefield.