Tomonobu Itagaki, creator of Ninja Gaiden and currently at Valhalla Games, wasn’t pleased with the next-gen stuff he saw at E3 and has declared that the current console model just isn’t going to work.
He mentioned that the consoles can’t be doing the same thing as the previous generation but better to compete with smartphones and tablets.
“In a world where our customers now have their attention divided by their PCs, their tablets and their smartphones, simply having consoles expand upon what they previously were isn’t going to work any longer,” he told Famitsu.
“Having a system that just reads controller input, makes a screen image and outputs it to the TV isn’t going to work, no matter how rich the media it’s producing. It seems like every first party is trying to get a feel for what makes a console truly special, and that’s something developers are going to have to fee on, too.”
Itagaki’s game The Devil’s Third couldn’t be a reality because of the circumstances surrounding THQ but the game is still in development and will be published by someone else.
The next-gen promises tons of stunning open world games though, and in a way I don’t think the consoles need to do anything else than just play games.