In a new interview, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has shared his thoughts on the recent spate of acquisitions in the gaming industry. Sony and Microsoft have spent considerable sums of cash on studios and publishers, but Fils-Aime predicts that these acquisitions will see more veteran developers exit so that they can escape the corporate system.
“I do believe [that in the next few years] we’re going to see a number of senior accomplished developers leave these mega-corporations and go on their own because these are the people who want to create something new, something exciting,” Fils-Aime said to Fanbyte. “They’ve got a game idea in the back of their head that they want to bring to fruition and the fact of the matter is in the big mega studios, they’re working on the next sequel. They’re working on the next Halo, they’re working on the next fill-in-the-blank that was a part of that prior studio.
Fils-Aime added that the lack of innovation will be a key deciding factor in senior developers striking out on their own, which will in turn benefit the gaming industry as a number of developers “drive more and more innovation” back into the scene.
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Author: Darryn Bonthuys