Pitchford: Crytek, id not prepared for “the longest console generation”

By Johnny Cullen, Monday, 16 November 2009 15:16 GMT

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Speaking with OXM, Gearbox head Randy Pitchford has had a pop at Crytek and id software, stating they aren’t prepared for what Pitchford has called “the longest console generation we’ve seen.”

Anyone that built their strategies around the last generation timing, and is trying to employ those strategies today, is either being forced to adapt very quickly or is risking failure,” said Pitchford.

Some people have invested a lot going to a place that’s too far, and the customers aren’t ready for that yet because they don’t have the hardware for it. And so they can’t find the market. I was thinking of Crytek, they couldn’t find a market because they made a game [Crysis] that very few people could play. I’m not putting words in their mouth, I remember reading something publically where they said they couldn’t put this on consoles because of the hardware…

It’s not just Crytek who misjudged it. We see the id guys talking continuously about this, [with Rage] – ‘well, Sony will have a Blu-Ray and I don’t know what we’ll do on the 360, maybe we’ll have three DVD’s… if the publisher will let us do that, maybe we’ll errrrahh I dunno.’ Because they’re in this kind of “generation plus” mode, and like nobody knows what the generation beyond this one is going to look like.”

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