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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – When asked Friday at their annual shareholders meeting – attended remotely by Gamasutra – what he thought about 3D video games, EA Games CEO John Riccitiello responded rather negatively in regards to their profitability.
“We have not seen a big uptake for 3D gaming,” Riccitiello said. “We have not seen a big uptake in 3D TVs in the home. We are not here trying to drive a market. We are here to react to what consumers want.”
With the huge price drop of Nintendo’s 3DS in the news, as well as low sales figures for 3D TV sets, it comes as little surprise that game developers are seeing little green when it comes to 3D gaming’s current state.
Riccitiello went on to explain that many gamers find 3D games played on 2D TVs to be the greatest gaming experience, saying “saying that for a lot of us the experience is more satisfying than a 3D display.”
Personally, I find this to be true personally, as the high resolution and incredible detail found in modern HD games can lose some of its crystal clear qualities and artistic edge when playing in 3D.
EA, which has a game development studio in Morrisville, has more hope for the social and online gaming categories which have seen a dramatic increase in sales with the onset of the smartphone age.
Despite leaving 3D by the wayside for the moment, Riccitiello explained that EA develops their games in 3D to begin with and that when customers are more willing to purchase 3D TV’s and play stereoscopic video games, they will be more than willing to provide the gamers with them.
New platform for “Gears” – A board game
Epic Games’ Gears of War franchise is expanding, this time being adapted as a board game.
Fantasy Flight Games is rolling out a game for up to four players. Retail cost is $69.95. The company said the release is due soon.
According to Fantasy Flight, “Gears of War: The Board Game” features “classic moments from Gears of War and Gears of War 2.
“[S]pray your enemy with blind fire, or rip him in half with your Lancer’s chainsaw!”
So promises the promotion at the website here.
For those who haven’t played Gears, the Lancer is an automatic rifle that also mounts a chainsaw for close-quarter combat.
Cary-based Epic already has worked with partners to produce Gears books, graphic comics, action figures, play weapons and much more. Someday there may even be a movie.
The next videogame version of Gears hits store shelves soon.
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