IGN- As AAA hardcore gaming readies itself for a great leap into the next-generation, genuine concerns are being raised by games fans and by industry insiders that a nasty fall awaits.
The costs involved in making profitable, top-notch video games has created a very small niche of companies prepared or able to carry the enormous risks involved. Studios are being closed or radically downsized on a regular basis. Retail console games are operating in an ever-decreasing circle of genres and franchises.
This long console generation is slowly coming to a halt. But with free-to-play in the water, as well as mobile, PC games, and an ever-expanding choice of digital entertainment offerings, the next generation looks to be incredibly risky -- most especially for those who’ll be paying up to $100 million per game release to get on board.