The future of gaming will have a far greater emphasis on open-world games, Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson says.
Hutchinson notes that open world games have a far greater capacity for fan videos, something which goes a long way to marketing a game now that streaming is on the rise.
I’m really interested in emergent games and where that’s going with video sharing and Twitch.
They’re already super high-quality, and we’re already seeing their audiences migrate to the big open world games. If I open my friends list and see everybody on the same mission, doing the same thing… I think that’s nowhere near as strong a sales pitch as opening your friends list and seeing 40 people doing completely different things.
Hutchin said that due to the greater number of options offered by open-world games, people are likely to be more interested in picking them up after watching a video. In contrast, he doesn’t feel the same will hold true for more linear titles.
I think linear story games are really going to suffer in the modern marketplace.