QUOTE | “We are providing challenge in the games we make, and people are growing inside those economies. In a world of digital content and user-generated content, we are providing self-actualization for a great many of our players.” - Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson, saying his customers are achieving their human…
STAT | 3 million - The number of Dark Souls 3 copies shipped by Namco Bandai in the year ended March 31. The game launched March 24.
QUOTE | “We’ve seen this in the franchise before - the reveal trailer for Black Ops II, which took the franchise into the future for the first time had the most dislikes of any reveal trailer we had ever made at that time, and that of course went on to become our most successful game ever.” - Activision Publishing CEO…
QUOTE | “The challenge is that the roadmap for a successful Nintendo console is unclear.”—EEDAR analyst Patrick Walker, suggesting that Mario, Zelda and the like won’t be enough of a unique selling point to move the NX on their own.
STAT | 7% - The amount the toys-to-life US retail revenues grew in 2015, even with the introduction of a new major player in Lego Dimensions. The industry-tracking NPD Group believes the genre will shrink in 2016.
QUOTE | “As Sam Houser reviewed more of the game that he had overseen for many years, he became more desperate writing to Mr. Benzies the very next day, ‘This [RDR] is a (recurring) nightmare. But one i/we need to get out of. I have problems with the camera all over the place. So much so, that I can’t be rational or…
QUOTE | “Year one of VR is not going to see huge, AAA budgets... as more headsets get out there, and as we’re growing our capabilities the scopes of the games will get bigger and bigger” - Ubisoft Red Storm creative director David Votypka, giving insight into why the publisher’s first two VR projects—Eagle’s Flight…
QUOTE | “You get that hit of attention and it makes you feel good, then you come back down. Then you build up a tolerance for it, so you need it just to feel normal, like if you have too much caffeine or something.” - Framed developer Joshua Boggs, talking about his self-destructive quest for indie fame and external…
QUOTE | “Crunch is bullshit.” - Failbetter Games CEO and creative director Alexis Kennedy talking about the problem the game industry has with ridiculous overtime and why crunch is not sustainable for game studios.
QUOTE | “The game industry needs to get laid and chill already.” - Indie developer Robert Yang talking during GDC about the game industry’s problems with sexual content and the inconsistent policies of networks like Twitch.
QUOTE | “[I]f it doesn’t make sense for the fans then you’re basically fucked. They’re gonna go to the App Store, give you one-star, and say, ‘This is not The Walking Dead.’” - Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen, explaining how working with a brand sometimes has to limit larger business opportunities.
QUOTE | “That is up to Apple, and if they ever release a good computer then we will do it.” -Palmer Luckey, on when Oculus will release a Mac version of the Rift VR headset.
QUOTE | “I can’t believe I’m about to say this — I’ll never work in this industry again — but in the mainstream space I really haven’t seen a whole lot of progress. It seems like we’re getting more finely-tuned, prettier versions of games we’ve been playing for years.” - Warren Spector, explaining why he chose to…
QUOTE | “[O]ur games for core audiences did extremely well, but the casual audience has not yet emerged on next gen consoles.” - An Activision Blizzard representative explaining why the company laid off developers after disappointing debuts for Skylanders SuperChargers and Guitar Hero Live.
QUOTE | “In the very near term I am fearful of journalists.” Unity boss John Riccitiello speaking during the Vision Summit keynote about how press might react to the shortfall between the analyst numbers and his own forecasts on VR.
STAT | $794 million - The staggering size of Magic Leap’s latest investment round. The augmented reality company has yet to even announce a commercial product, but is already valued at $4.5 billion.
QUOTE | “It seems The Witness is the #1 game on a certain popular torrent site. Unfortunately this will not help us afford to make another game!” - Indie developer Jonathan Blow talking about the unfortunate levels of piracy that he’s seen for his much-praised new game The Witness.
QUOTE | “I’m thrilled to welcome undoubtedly the most recognizable and accomplished figure in the culinary world to Glu’s family of celebrity partners.” Niccolo de Masi, CEO of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood publisher Glu Mobile, announcing his latest obnoxious celebrity signing, Gordon Ramsay.
QUOTE | “We don’t want to dig too big a hole.” - Oculus VP of product Nate Mitchell, explaining why the company isn’t selling the Rift hardware below cost, at least for now.
QUOTE | “[Shinra Technologies] has found no prospective investors at this point, and therefore has to discontinue its business.” - Square Enix, explaining why it shuttered the cloud-gaming subsidiary founded by former Square Enix president Yoichi Wada.