Square Enix's chief executive, Yoichi Wada, thinks the high specs of the PS3 and 360 are currently alienating today's gaming market.
Speaking about next-gen systems to The Financial Times
, Wada said, “There are too many specs – and you also need a high-definition TV, a broadband connection and a deep knowledge of gaming – these consoles are mismatched to today’s environment.”
Wada indicated that the gaming demographic has shifted, and developers have to adapt accordingly. “There is a new breed of gamers in the market – we have to make games for all kinds of people,” he said. “In the old days, we could just focus on the PlayStation or the GameBoy, but the environment has changed completely.”
Speaking about the decision to publish Dragon Quest IX on the DS
, after the last few iterations have seen release on Sony's home consoles, Wada said, “We chose the Nintendo DS because the widest array of people use it, including people who previously did not play games before.”
Wada makes a good point. As well as attracting a more diverse audience than next-gen home consoles, the DS is in the hands of far more consumers. The latest figures suggest that some 40 million DSes have now been sold worldwide.
By contrast the PS3, which would have been next in line for a Dragon Quest
game had Enix not side-stepped it, has sold less than 4 million units†
. Why spend more money developing for an audience that's 10% of the size?
Wada is not, however, spelling out doom for next-gen platforms. “In a year or two years they will fare better,” he said.†Source: VG Chartz