Next-gen used games block “can be a win and a loss” — Battlefield 3 developer

DICE’s temp CEO Patrick Bach has given his two cents on the rumor that next generation hardware may have some kind of a built-in used games block. It would be both good and bad, as he sees it.

“Yeah, I heard about that. I think that can be a win and a loss,” he’s told CVG.

Unlike Crytek who quickly withdrew their ‘joke’ comments made on the matter, Bach goes into a bit of detail.

“I think it’s a loss if it only means that you will be able to get fewer games for the same money. But in theory you could see it the other way, because a lot of companies making games today are struggling based on second-hand sales.”

“If you think there are too few new IPs on the market, no one can take that risk if their game is at risk of being resold too many times.”

This is the reason for the current age of shooters, he feels, with publishers wanting to go after biggest market for new copies.

“So on the positive side you could see more games being created because of this, and also more new IPs, because there’d be a bigger market for games that don’t have for instance multiplayer.”

“There could be awesome single player-only games, which you can’t really do these days because people just pirate them, which is sad.”

Well, they don’t pirate all of them. Some *cough* Skyrim *cough* do incredibly well.

Bach concludes: “If you want to buy as many games as possible then this could be a problem, but if you want more diverse games then it’s a more positive thing than negative. The only thing I know is that people are not doing it to be evil and stupid, it’s about trying to create some benefits for consumers.”

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