Tony Hawk Laments FPS Prevalence
There was once a time when pro-skateboarder Tony Hawk was more synonymous with video games than the sport that made him famous. Years of uninspired, annualized releases drove his franchise into the ground, but now he is trying to make a comeback with a 360 and PS3 downloadable game that acts as a sort of “best of” compilation of all the levels and gameplay elements from back when the games were relevant.
In a recent interview, Tony Hawk noticed he is working with a much different industry than before.
“If you’re not a first-person shooter at this point you’re kind of struggling. If you’re not Call of Duty, you’re not Halo, it’s super tricky out there,” said Hawk. “When our game was hitting really hard there were roughly 10-15 top games that were go-tos. Now there are only three or four that are the standard.”
With the bad taste of several years of bad releases in players’ mouths, and given the fact that even the more acclaimed Skate franchise has been absent for several years, Hawk has even more going against him. Regardless, he hopes to be able continue developing games on future platforms, Wii U included.
Spector Wants Epic Mickey (And all His Games) to be a Trilogy
Epic Mickey 2 was only announced a few weeks ago, but the acclaimed Warren Spector has revealed that not only does he want to do a third, but he was planning one from the very beginning of the original. But this isn’t a special concept just for the Disney mascot, this is apparently standard operating procedure for Spector.
“I plan out a three-game story arc, and I plan out a three-game, sort of, gameplay arc, what am I going to introduce in each game,” said Spector “I don’t do that because I actually expect to do those games, I do it because my games take about three years to make and I need to make sure I’m willing to put in as many as ten years of my life on something.”
This is not limited to just broad concepts though, Spector specifically mentioned that the addition of co-op gameplay and musical numbers into Epic Mickey 2 was planned before development began on the original. Of course this means that he also already has plans for an Epic Mickey 3, though we will have to wait and see just what he has up his sleeves.
Source: Digital Spy
Wii, and DS Defeat Gaming’s Biggest Franchise
It was recently revealed that FPS juggernaut Call of Duty has seen a slight decline in year over year sales to the tune of 4.6%. This has lead to some to start digging the franchise’s grave, but industry analyst Doug Creutz has taken a more levelheaded look at the situation.
While overall sales are definitely down, Creutz says that this drop can be blamed entirely on the versions for PC, Wii, and DS. However, when you look at what is obviously the franchise’s cornerstone, the 360 and PS3 versions, sales are actually up a little compared to last year.
Regardless, total sales projection for the next CoD have been lowered a little, but the series remains far from dead.