Former Epic Games man and Gears of War co-creator Cliff Bleszinski has taken the internet at large to task over used and rented games, arguing that modern console blockbusters are simply too expensive to exist in a market where consumers can trade in their purchases.
Spotted by PSLifestyle (see Seb, I do love you!), the Twitter fusillade is an obvious reference to Microsoft's controversial Xbox One game licensing policies, which restrict loans and give publishers the power to charge for or block trade-ins. So you know, Bleszinski is currently on sabbatical from games development, so he speaks from a position of relative objectivity. Emphasis on the "relative" - the man doesn't mince his words.
You cannot have game and marketing budgets this high while also having used and rental games existing. The numbers do NOT work people.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 12, 2013
The visual fidelity and feature sets we expect from games now come with sky high costs. Assasins Creed games are made by thousands of devs.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 12, 2013
Those of you telling me "then just lower game budgets" do understand how silly you sound, right?— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 13, 2013
Interestingly, Assassin's Creed 3's creative director Alex Hutchinson described his game as "the last of the dinosaurs" last September, observing that costs were becoming prohibitive. "We're still the monster triple-A game with very large teams [and] multiple studios helping out on different bits," he said. "There are fewer and fewer of these games being made, especially as the middle has fallen out."
Bleszinski also suggested that those worried by Xbox One's 24 hour sign-in requirement and extensive cloud support should treat their ISPs to a sternly worded letter.
If you can afford high speed internet and you can't get it where you live direct your rage at who is responsible for pipe blocking you.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 12, 2013
A few more snippets, for colour. Watch out for a swear in the second one.
If you could only hear the chat I just had with Adam Orth.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 12, 2013
If you're saying the next round of the console war is over before it even started then you're a fucking idiot. This is a multi year fight.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 12, 2013
For the record I'm buying both a Ps4 and an Xbox One.— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) June 11, 2013
Interesting times. Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi commented yesterday that Xbox One's licensing policies and connectivity "would be easier to understand" in the absence of a disc drive. Any thoughts on that?