There appears to be a lot of chatter about various different types of business models and the affect they'll have on the 'AAA' console/PC market. The main fear for some is that the mobile/smartphone market will rise up, crush big budget game development and wring the copper coins from its cold dead hands, but Karl Magnus Troedsson, the current GM at DICE, doesn't believe that to be the case.
"Yes, people are playing more on their mobile devices," he said, speaking to Edge, "but I don't see people playing on other SKUs as a problem for triple-A developers, it's actually the contrary. I think people engaging in any kind of gaming is good for all games, because it means that people will play more.
"I consider myself to be a hardcore, triple-A kind of player, and I definitely play more on my mobile devices now, but I don't play less on my other devices as a result. When I'm home, I want to play games with the absolute most hi-def, best audio, best visuals that I can get out of a gaming session. And that will come from dedicated hardware or a very high-end PC."
Troedsson made a familiar argument — that consumers will always want to engage with a higher end, bigger budget product from the comfort of their own home.
"There will always be a demand for games that require a lot of hardware to deliver a really hi-def experience," he claimed. "Whether that will be delivered by CPUs and memory sitting in your room, or somewhere else, I don't know. Probably both. But one thing is for sure, people will continue to want to play the best-looking games out there."
It's an interesting view, and one that has a lot of merit, but I wonder if it may be a little short sighted, given that games like Real Racing can already be played using a large screen, and controlled via the iPad. The gaming landscape will most likely transform dramatically over the next five years or so. Perhaps big budget, high end games will always be in demand, but I suspect we'll be engaging with them in a completely different way compared to what we've become accustomed to now.