During the D.I.C.E. Summit that took place in Las Vegas about a week ago, Stephen Totilo from MTV’s Multiplayer blog talked to Cliff Bleszinski — better known as CliffyB among the gaming crowds — who apparently thinks that PC gaming is in disarray and says that Epic is currently focused on creating high quality games for consoles.
“I think people would rather make a game that sells 4.5 million copies than a million and “Gears” is at 4.5 million right now on the 360. I think the PC is just in disarray… what’s driving the PC right now is ‘Sims’-type games and ‘WoW‘ and a lot of stuff that’s in a web-based interface. You just click on it and play it. That’s the direction PC is evolving into. So for me, the PC is kind of the secondary part of what we’re doing. It’s important for us, but right now making AAA games on consoles is where we’re at,” Bleszinski told Multiplayer.
While hard to argue with, that kind of talk might be a punch below the belt to PC gamers who have religiously bought the company’s games. After all, creating the Unreal games for PC is what gave Epic their rock star status among game developers in the first place.
Though it seems Epic Games’ vice president Mark Rein agrees with Bleszinski about where the company’s focus should be, seeing as he thinks that consoles are stealing hardcore PC gamers.