Video Sharing Means Open-World Games Will Continue to Rise, Linear Games "Going to Suffer," Says Far Cry 4 Creative Director

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.

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