Remedy boss Matias Myllyrinne has said that the quicker the games industry goes towards a digital-only future, it’ll be for the best.
“I don’t think the big, huge experiences are going anywhere, but the sooner we go digital as an industry, the better for everybody. Better for consumers, better for the developers and publishers,” CEO Myllyrinne told Edge.
Not better everyone, though, as retail would be the hardest hit. He admits he doesn’t share sympathy for those who sell its games second-hand.
“Maybe [it’s] not so good for retail, but then again if you’re selling our games as used copies and incentivising people to do that, then I don’t really feel sorry for you.”
Remedy tried and tested a digital output of its own last year with the release of two post-launch DLC episodes of Alan Wake: The Signal and The Writer. Myllyrinne said the game’s episodic TV structure made it work somehow, but warned it’s a juggling act when it comes to adding more content to a story-focused game.
“It was hugely successful, and really resonated with the fans. You’re adding to the value that you’re giving people. But I think on the other hand you need to be very careful – the game that you ship and provide folks needs to have a meaningful ending and closure. Having a TV series structure really, really worked well for it because it’s kind of natural for a TV series to go on to season two or have specials.