Singleplayer Games Do Not Have The Same Impact As Before, Says Phil Spencer
Singleplayer games have a significant importance in game industry and in a time where multiplayer games are more popular, games like Horizon Zero Dawn and The Witcher 3 have proved that gamers still want singleplayer games. However, according to Xbox head, while singleplayer games are doing well but they don’t have the same impact.
Speaking with The Guardian, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that games like Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn have been doing great in the game industry but they don’t have the same impact in terms of sales.
The audience for those big story-driven games… I won’t say it isn’t as large, but they’re not as consistent. You’ll have things like Zelda or Horizon Zero Dawn that’ll come out, and they’ll do really well, but they don’t have the same impact that they used to have because the big service-based games are capturing such a large amount of the audience. Sony’s first-party studios do a lot of these games, and they’re good at them, but outside of that, it’s difficult – they’re become more rare; it’s a difficult business decision for those teams, you’re fighting into more headwind.
He added that he himself enjoys story-driven games and he wants these games to be successful as they are important as much as service based games. He said that if gamers like story driven games then there has to be a business opportunity for them.
We’ve got to understand that if we enjoy those games, the business opportunity has to be there for them. I love story-based games. I just finished [LucasArts-inspired RPG] Thimbleweed Park – I thought it was a fantastic game. Inside was probably my game of last year. As an industry, I want to make sure both narrative-driven single-player games and service-based games have the opportunity to succeed. I think that’s critical for us.
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Source: The Guardian