The time has come for developers to slash and burn the budgets of multimillion-dollar games, an industry vet says.
Mark Cerny, who has worked on everything from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 to MLB 08: The Show, spoke yesterday at the Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain (DICE) Summit in Las Vegas.
"Frankly, the economics of the $50 million game are looking a little shaky," Cerny said, according to a transcript from GamesIndustry.Biz. "By contrast, with a $20 million game, I'm pretty sure I can make that money back--multiplatform, international distribution. But that raises the question: 'Can we make the $20 million game?'"
Cerny, who has been in the business for nearly 30 years and now runs consulting firm Cerny Games, said that a steady influx of cash has steered the industry away from saving and toward unnecessary expenses.
"We had no specialization whatsoever in 1994," Cerny said, according to GamesIndustry.Biz. "In 2011, we have the creative director, the game director, the director of actors, stunt coordinator, the guy who makes the plywood props, the audio scripter, the lighting designer, and the most recent of creations--the combat designer."… Read more