Patrice Desilets, acclaimed developer and creator of the Assassin’s Creed series, has said that the future of games is digital, despite Microsoft’s U-turn last week.
Desilets was talking at GameLab this week and was discussing how the industry has changed since he started in 1997. When talking about AAA games, Gamesindustry quotes him as saying, “I don’t believe the AAA blockbuster will die. Maybe the way it is distributed will change, but it won’t die.”
This change in distribution is the digital revolution which Microsoft was attempting to bring in with the next-generation. Desilets said, “Yeah, games come on disc, and I get it guys you were really pissed off…But, deep down, nobody cares about not having CDs any more. The future is digital, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Desilets comments come after Cliff Bleszinski spoke last week about Microsoft’s DRM plans. MCV reported that Bleszinski had come out in favour of the Xbox One’s used games block as a way of securing more money for developers. He said, “Brace yourselves. More tacked on multiplayer and DLC are coming.”
He also spoke out against the used games sales by saying, “I want developers who worked their asses off to see money on every copy of their game that is sold instead of Gamestop. Fuck me, right?”
Whatever the public opinion is of the digital distribution model, it seems developers are hungry for it and it’s only a matter of when, and not if, it becomes mandatory.