The Outsider

Braben: Used sales are killing single player games

Braben: Used sales are killing single player games

Elite creator blames pre-owned for The Outsider cancellation.

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.

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Frontier's The Outsider sheds staff

Oft-delayed title "not canceled" though.

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.

More LostWinds blowing in

Frontier offers Elite IV, Outsider updates too.

Fans of delightful WiiWare platformer LostWinds rejoice there's more on the way, developer Frontier has revealed.

Frontier's David Braben

Welcome, Commander Braben.

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.

Braben: pre-owned is "damaging" market

Skewed sales, unrewarded developers.

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.

Riskiest games most rewarding

Taking chances pays off - Braben

Frontier boss David Braben has urged publishers to remember that taking a chance on an unproven game can often lead to mountains of money.

Frontier's David Braben

On Thrillville, The Outsider, and defining "next-gen".

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.