Remember The Outsider? Forget about it. Frontier Developments' David Braben told me at Gamescom that the game is unlikely to resurface.
The market for used games is helping kill off the core-orientated single player-only game, according to UK industry veteran David Braben.
Speaking in an interview with Gamasutra, the Elite creator and boss of Kinectimals developer Frontier Developments argued that stores are less likely to re-order single player titles as gamers are more likely to trade them in once they've finished them. As a result, developers are less inclined to make them as they don't see a return.
"The real problem when you think about it brutally, if you look at just core gamer games, pre-owned has really killed core games," he said.
Elite IV is happening, Frontier boss David Braben has confirmed, but "very slowly".
A number of staff working on The Outsider, the oft-delayed action title from Kinectimals creator Frontier Developments, have been made redundant and the title's priority reduced, studio boss David Braben has announced.
Fans of delightful WiiWare platformer LostWinds rejoice – there's more on the way, developer Frontier has revealed.
LostWinds developer Frontier Developments has promised that ambitious "next-gen" game The Outsider hasn't been thrown in the bin.
From space exploration in Elite to sniffing around the bins in Dog's Life, David Braben's games have showcased a surprising range of different experiences. With his Cambridge studio Frontier Developments currently embracing politics with the ambitious thriller The Outsider, while also working on a sequel to last year's LostWinds (as well as gearing up for a return to space sometime in the near future), we caught up with the veteran designer at the Develop Conference in Brighton to discuss the industry's history, the struggles ahead, and why he doesn't want to end up doing the noses on footballers.
Frontier Developments boss David Braben reckons the pre-owned games market is causing all sorts of problems for single-player titles or those with less replay value.
Frontier boss David Braben believes WiiWare title LostWinds would have been canned were it not for online distribution.
Frontier boss David Braben has urged publishers to remember that taking a chance on an unproven game can often lead to mountains of money.
David Braben doesn't mince his words. He believes Theme Park-style games are as fashionable as shooters, and that we haven't seen a truly next-generation game yet.
Frontier Developments boss David Braben believes BioShock and Halo 3 are not examples of "next-gen" games.