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Next-Gen 'Should Be Concerned' About Kickstarter

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Wasteland 2's Brian Fargo believes Kickstarter's success is enough to distract from the next-gen PS4 and Xbox 720.

Published on Jan 23, 2013

Wasteland 2’s Brian Fargo believes Kickstarter will cast a big shadow over the next-gen consoles despite the increasing interest of the Xbox 720 and PS4.

Kickstarter and PC development has hit the headlines over the last year as it continues to prove itself to be an interesting and more than viable way of funding games.

With Microsoft and Sony both rumoured to be on the cusp of revealing their next-gen consoles, there is concern that the Xbox 720 and the PS4 could distract from the burgeoning Kickstarter market.

But that won’t be the case according to Wasteland 2 director Brian Fargo, in fact, the opposite might even be true.

“I think the new consoles should be concerned about distractions from us. The games I am seeing on Kickstarter are incredibly creative and they are filling voids that the publishers didn’t handle.”

The inclusive nature of Kickstarter development is its greatest strength over the traditional publisher model, which Fargo sees as one that ‘insults players’.

Engaging with players and including them within the development process is changing the way games are made. The more popular Kickstarter becomes, according to Fargo at least, the more chance there is of audiences leaving the console market entirely and switching to the PC.

“Not to mention we are delivering these creative games in a business model that doesn’t insult the players. And the more creative projects the more likely another Minecraft comes along and pulls the dollars away from the consoles.”

 

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