As part of an ongoing series, SPOnG gets the unedited, open and highly informed opinions of developers, producers and more in the vast world of computer games.Industry Figure:
Tore BlystadJob Title:
IO InteractiveBest Known For: Hitman Absolution
, Kane & Lynch
, Mini Ninjas
IO Interactive doesn't mess about. The Danish studio is best known for its gritty action and stealth games, in Kane & Lynch
respectively. The latter franchise is one that has lasted for over a decade on the strength of its unique and engrossing gameplay.
But the developer has the potential to surprise, as well as satisfy. Mini Ninjas
was a game that was hardly expected from the creators of Hitman: Absolution
- colourful, cheery and utterly charming. But it still maintained a familiar gameplay hook that IO is famous for.
We spoke with Hitman: Absolution's
game director, Tore Blystad, on his feelings about next-gen, Ouya and Oculus Rift and E3.Do you feel that we are entering a new console generation too soon? Or can it not come soon enough? And why?
It feels like this console generation has lasted a really long time, but itís also been the most diverse time for game development. It is always hard to squeeze all possible powers out of a system and I think with the multi platform studios, catering properly for the console players and for the high end PC players require a lot of work.
I think the most important difference with the new consoles will be the way we consume and purchase media. The app stores have really changed the way we think about media, the convenience and speed have made us all pretty spoiled and this is something the new consoles will have to be able to compete with.
Iím hoping that we will see a far larger spread of both game types and business models, from the biggest, most epic games ever made to tiny, knife-sharp indie titles sitting side by side.Ouya and Oculus Rift have generated a lot of positive buzz. How disruptive do you think these products will be when they are released to the public?
I think itís amazing to see so many new gaming devices coming out, the Rift and Ouya are probably the two most interesting ones. Itís very hard to predict what will happen when they enter the market, but I am really hoping it will be two new sustainable systems with good unique titles to support them.How excited are you for E3? What kinds of announcements or showcases would surprise you, as both a developer and as a gamer?
I have a hope that this E3 will be more exciting than the last couple of years, with the new consoles and a number of promised exclusive titles being revealed. I donít know what would surprise me though, as I am expecting to be surprised... so I guess if this yearís E3 ends up being nothing more than a fad I would be surprised!Thanks to Tore for his time.Industry Insights Series:Jun 2013: Dan Griliopoulos, JournalistJun 2013: Antti Ilvessuo, RedLynxJun 2013: Dominic Matthews, Ninja TheoryJun 2013: 'Peter Molydeux', Gaming GeniusJun 2013: Ste Pickford, Zee-3Jun 2013: Andy Payne, O.B.E.Jun 2013: Gordon Midwood, Different TunaApr 2013: Nathan Fouts, Mommy's Best GamesApr 2013: Andrew Smith, Spilt Milk StudiosApr 2013: Antti Ilvessuo, RedLynxApr 2013: Peter Molydeux, Gaming GeniusApr 2013: Paul Rustchynsky, Evolution StudiosMar 2013: Gordon Midwood, Different TunaMar 2013: Theo Sanders, Ubisoft SingaporeMar 2013: Dan Webb, X360AMar 2013: Stewart Gilray, Just Add Water / Oddworld InhabitantsMar 2013: Alex Neuse, Gaijin GamesFeb 2013: Blazej Krakowiak, TechlandFeb 2013: Gina Jackson, Women in Games JobsFeb 2013: Stewart Gilray, Just Add Water & Oddworld InhabitantsFeb 2013: Dominic Matthews, Ninja TheoryJan 2013: Dan Webb, X360AJan 2013: Antti Ilvessuo, RedLynxJan 2013: Andy Payne, O.B.E.Jan 2013: Gordon Midwood, Different TunaJan 2013: Andrew Smith, Spilt Milk StudiosJan 2013: Theo Sanders, Ubisoft SingaporeJan 2013: Paul Rustchynsky, Evolution StudiosJan 2013: Peter Molydeux, GeniusJan 2013: Andy Payne O.B.E.Jan 2013: David JaffeJan 2013: Jon Lander of CCPDec 2012: Martyn Brown, InsightforHireDec 2012: Steve Lycett, SUMO DigitalDec 2012: Theo Sanders, Ubisoft SingaporeDec 2012: Ted Price, CEO InsomniacDec 2012: Paul Rustchynsky, Evolution StudiosDec 2012: Antti Ilvessuo, RedLynx