Following on from comments made by EA's Gerhard Florin and Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack advocating a single, unified and open games format, leading UK independent developers have sounded off on the issue. And they aren't convinced.
In a DevelopMag.com article, NaturalMotion CEO Torsten Reil, Blitz Games' Andrew Oliver and Frontier's David Braben say they don't believe a single format is viable for the industry's future. They use historical precedents (MSX, CDi, 3DO, and even PC) to point out that a 'single games format' has never paid off well in the past and will still be infeasible.
Ultimately, the developers believe a single games format is in truth contrary to everything the industry is built on; it would remove the one thing that makes the world of games development move so quickly – competition. Plus, a single platform would be a blow for the thriving middleware market.