Transmission Games is padding up for the launch of its Ashes 2009 cricket game on all platforms later this month, but the boss of the Melbourne developer reckons the PC is the best platform for future Aussie sports games.
Transmission CEO Mike Fegan Aussie sports games have struggled due to the limited market potential of games based on local sports especially AFL, Rugby League and Rugby Union. Because these games really only sell in Australia, it's impossible for publishers to commit to a development budget big enough to compete with the FIFAs and Maddens. But micro-transaction-based online games might be the answer.
Speaking to Gamespot's Laura Parker, Fegan says:
"The future is in PC 3D web browser based versions which are free but laced with in-game advertising and micro-transactions to buy the latest players or resources to move the game up the pecking order within a total on-line world. This will come in time, as Australia rolls out faster broadband infrastructure."
The Gamespot feature goes into great detail on the "past, present and future of video games based on the biggest sports down under." Definitely worth a read.
And why don't you let us know your picks for the best - and worst - Aussie sports games?
Aussie Sports Games [Gamespot AU]