Not surprisingly, gamers are getting tired of Gamex 2,3,4,5 and 6. We are all waiting for something new, and interesting, and the New York Times has a look at that new trend.
“When you’re putting games out every year, you’re going to see some consumer fatigue,” said David F. Zucker, chief executive of Midway Games, a game publisher. “How many Bond games do you need in the space of three years?”
“There’s going to be concern about the sequel model,” said Paul-Jon McNealy, an analyst at American Technology Research.
Amid these concerns, there was also good news. For many software companies, the decline in sales of console games was offset by an increase in sales of games for portable devices. Such games can be more profitable, because development costs are generally much lower.
“There was so much doom and gloom, and granted everyone is watching their stock price from quarter to quarter, but all indices are that the health of the industry is really strong,” said Ms. Frazier.
Perhaps just as important, new consoles will give game publishers a chance to introduce new concepts. Mr. Larson said that, according to GameSpot, the most anticipated game for the Xbox 360 was Gears of Wars, a new franchise from Epic Games.
“There is a little franchise burnout going on,” Ms. Frazier said. “It’s a great opportunity to provide something fresh and different.”