Noah Musler, Sega's director of artists and repertoire, on the current platforms and viability of being an independent developer:
"I think that most analysts would agree that PS3 is going to catch up to the 360, if not surpass it."
Noah Musler has been with Sega since the launch of the Dreamcast back in 1999, making the transition from hardware manufacturer to third-party developer.
During a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz in which he discussed the upcoming Game Connection in Lyon, Musler also shared his views on the current hardware market and the difficulties of being an independent developer.
In part 2 of the interview, Musler discusses:
• What he thinks of the current hardware situation, and if there is room for all three consoles.
• Third-party publishing on Nintendo.
• Mario and Sonic together in the same game.
• What he thinks of the recent acquisitions of some big development studios, and if this is something Sega will pursue: purchasing more studios?
• With the rising costs of development on current generation hardware, if he thinks it is going to be a lot harder for smaller independent developers to stay afloat without support from big publishers.
• How Sega is positioned to not be hurt by hardware shortages of Xbox 360, PS3, and especially Wii.
• If he thinks the PS3 price cuts are going to help.
• If Sega is shifting away from PS2 development towards PS3.