So I (Ace) thought to write about annualized games. I only thought of this because Playstation Boss Shuhei Yoshida just voiced his thoughts on the topic. Article can be found here. Anyway let’s get to it.
Good aspects of annual releases
Gamers get more of the game they love. If for some reason a gamer doesn’t like that current iteration of the game they don’t have to wait that long for the next installation. From the companies point of view they make more money more often with this way of creating and releasing games.
Bad aspects of annual releases
There are obviously bad points of making games this way. The developers get less time to innovate, less time to develop and most importantly less time to test their games. I won’t name and shame companies or games in this post but I am sure we all know that 2014 was not exactly the most stable of years for game releases.
Gamers in return get incomplete games. With these incomplete games comes tons of fixes and patches after launch. Some of these come through as paid DLC which is ridiculous if you ask me. The difference between gaming now and what gaming used to be maybe 10 years ago is that developers had to make sure a game was complete. They would rigorously test it because they knew they couldn’t fix it after launch.
So to conclude this post I personally think developers need more time to develop. It just gives them more time to do well everything in order to ensure a game comes out complete. The current set up of Call of Duty games being made by two different companies with them alternating each year is actually good. It grants those developers more time while keeping the fans and the publishers happy with annual releases.
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