This Week In The Business: Modest Expectations For Nintendo's Switch

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STAT | 50% - The percentage of developers who believe the Nintendo Switch can outsell the Wii U, according to a GDC survey.

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QUOTE | “It’s telling developers: ‘You’re on notice here. We’re going to dominate this thing. And your freedom is going to expire at some point.’ It’s a terrible precedent to set.” - Epic’s Tim Sweeney, criticizing Oculus for its attempts to lock down the VR headset, like having it incompatible with Steam by default.

QUOTE | “Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high caliber staff, by focusing on other Studios with exciting new projects in development, (including continued work on PlayStation VR), we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players.” - Sony’s statement regarding the closure of Guerrilla Cambridge, the studio behind PSVR game RIGS. Last September, it shut down VR teams in London and San Diego.

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QUOTE | “If you’re going to do VR, you really need to be committed to the principles and committed to the concept.” - Namazu studio head Patrick Twohig regrets following external feedback and making Nebulous for both standard systems and VR headsets.

QUOTE | “It reminds me of the dawn of the personal computer era. It’s not as if you either want a computer for your desk, or one that plugs into your TV and plays games, or one that’s got a battery that you can keep on your lap-there are reasons to want all of them.” - Experiment 7 co-founder Demetri Detsaridis believes different use cases that will see PC VR and mobile VR co-exist rather than compete.

QUOTE | “We really neglected our community during the development of Banner Saga 2, because we were focusing on our work.” - Stoic co-founder John Watson identifies one of a number of factors that led to a disappointing debut for the sequel.

QUOTE | “eSports isn’t a rival to physical activity and sports. It’s a rival to watching TV. It’s better than playing chess. These are the things we need to promote.” - British eSports Association founder and acting CEO Chester King wants people to think of the field differently.

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STAT | $100,000 - The ransom demanded of the eSports Entertainment Association for hackers to not release stolen data from more than 1.5 million ESEA community member accounts. With no way to ensure security of the data after the hack, the group refused to comply, and the user information was leaked.

QUOTE | “We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.” - A Platinum Games statement on Microsoft’s cancellation of Scalebound.

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QUOTE | “The similarities of the avatar ‘Cole Train’ and Hard Rock Hamilton include that both are black (and ‘Cole Train’ is the only black avatar in the Gears of War series), they both played professional football (although in Gears of War the game is called ‘thrashball’), Cole Train’s number is 83 (same year that Hamilton played for the Philadelphia Eagles - 1983), the derby hat, wristbands, a front gold tooth, and a striking resemblance of both physiognomy and body build.” - A lawsuit brought against Epic Games and Microsoft by former pro wrestler and football player Lenwood Hamilton, who claims his likeness and voice were used for Cole Train.

QUOTE | “When we started this project, the world we thought we were building it for is not the world we are currently in. Does that make it harder for us to get eyeballs? Probably. Does that mean we need a publisher to do it? Quite possibly, yeah.” - Strike Gamelabs design director Martin Darby says the deluge of new games on Steam has made a good publishing partner far more valuable for indie.

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thatguyisonpc

I had a Switch with Breath of the Wild pre-ordered but I canceled it all last night after a long day of thinking. Once I washed away all the hype I realized that Nintendo has fucked me over two times in a row now with the Wii and Wii U which are some of the worst consoles I’ve ever owned and I grew up with the NES,SNES so I was once a Nintendo fan. However they always lack the most important thing to me which is 3rd party support.

I bought a Wii at launch and ended up with only 6 games total. I bought a Wii U at launch and literally didn’t buy any more than 2 games for over a year for it and I’ve only spent less than 100 hours total on it since I first bought it. I’m just done with Nintendo until they can prove to me they can get the solid hitter game support I want. Give me Rise of Tomb Raider, quality 1st party games, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy XV, etc and then I’ll take you serious again.