@stryker1121: Well, no, these things used to go in cycles, the top 4 publishers and their investors spent billions at the beginning of the seventh gen to destroy the thing that kept that cycle going, the mid tier. By raising the entry barrier to competing in the market, the out priced the dangerous competition that would historically disrupt the incumbents with a low budget yet kick ass game in a genre/style no one knew they wanted really bad.
So now that the top publishers control the entire market, and make more money per game than any other time in history.... They STILL need year on year growth on profits to satisfy their insatiable shareholders.
So now evrey game that's of a genre that CANT be completely abused and broken to squeeze every last drop out of any sucker that might play it is turned into one that can, and if it doesn't work, is killed off. That's because being a successful money making game is not enough. If its not the kind of game that can make THE MOST MONEY, it is considered an opportunity cost, because instead of using the time to make that critically acclaimed survival horror game that only sold 4 million for a handsome profit, they could have used it for a service game with lootboxes and whales spending 15,000 dollars on trying to get that armor they wanted.
I told your generation from GAF to half a dozen message boards, over and over and over and over I told you, from horse armor, to dlc, to games as a service to lootboxes.... The second they feel they can make more money using mobile con schemes they would drop the AAAAAAAA business model like a bad habit. Your generation is so entitled, self absorbed, greedy, and inconsiderate of any who may have enjoyed games coming after you... You are the baby boomers of gaming generations... Even now, you won't get off your mentally lazy butts, and try and make excuses so you don't have to leave your comfort zone of complacency. Oh, game A B and C just came out this year and are single player. No @#$%, it doesn't start with everything all at once. It starts with just one, like horse armor, and everyone watches to see if thee worst generation will be stupid and lazy enough to let it root. And then it works its way across the spectrum.
There is a concentrated push inside all of EA now, to get rid of Single player games in favor of multi oriented cash cows, when it succeeds, others will follow the money.
...except there's a thriving indie scene, several pretty great Kickstarter games, and AAA titles like Witcher 3, Prey, Horizon, Wolfenstein 2, Doom, Ratchet and Clank, Uncharted 4, Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Dishonored 2, and Final Fantasy XV - all of them are big budget games without microtransactions.
Yes, people, the highest budget, most advertised games are, from this point, going to be things that appeal to the lowest common denominator and which will be full of bullshit like microtransactions. That fucking sucks and I won't pretend like it doesn't disappoint me. But all it takes is the most cursory look underneath that to find some real gems, games of a high quality from many different genres with plenty of content.
Can we please stop with this doom and gloom bullshit?
Not doom and gloom but its hard to feel positive about the industy when so many games this fall have lootboxes and MT's out of the ass.