Uncertainty good for the industry, says Xbox One dev

Capybara Games president Nathan Vella says lack of certainty in the industry right now requires developers to think creatively.

The uncertainty the industry faces right now is not something to fear, but should be seen as something that will push the business forward, according to Super T.I.M.E. Force and Below developer Capybara Games president Nathan Vella.

Speaking with GameSpot, Vella said these current challenges--which include the uncertainty surrounding the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, if Steam will continue to be a market leader, and free-to-play vs. paid business models--forces creators to think more outside of the box.

"It's this really odd dichotomy or strange mix of more opportunity than ever and more uncertainty than ever," Vella said when asked about his perception of the state of the industry.

"I don't mind the uncertainty at all. In fact, I think the second that we get comfortable, the second that everybody's like 'OK, cool. This is how the industry is' it's going to cause more problems than if we don't know what it is," he added. "The lack of certainty right now I think really elicits or requires people to think about things creatively and take some f**king weird risks. Make some stupid calls, and those stupid calls could end up being the most successful things out there."

Uncertainty is not a new feeling for Vella. "Since we started the studio eight years ago, I've never really felt comfortable," he said.

Despite his feelings of unrest, Vella said that the potential for independent developers like Capybara Games to be financially viable is greater than it ever has been.

Capybara Games' Super T.I.M.E. Force will be released on Xbox 360 this year "for sure," while Below is scheduled to launch on Xbox One in 2014.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

From my experience companies (usually publishers) are less likely to take risks when there is a lower certainty involved.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

uncertainty is great for the industry, but most consumers just wanna bitch about how great their brand of product is.

mrveryodd
mrveryodd

One thing for certain , i am buying an xbox one  

nate1222
nate1222

"The lack of certainty right now I think really elicits or requires people to think about things creatively and take some f**king weird risks. Make some stupid calls, and those stupid calls could end up being the most successful things out there."

Agreed. Unfortunately, this is America -where most people want safe, plastic bullshit. Most Americans preach freedom, but will hand it over for the illusion of safety.

tightwad34
tightwad34

This article honestly said absolutely nothing. More BS from Eddie trying to drum up news and get some clicks.

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

xbone overclock cpu a few hundred mhz, no wait actually turn it down a bit, wait maybe lets try to overclock the gpu.. to ME, uncertainty is weather these new adjustments made to the hardware will stand the test of time, how on earth a company like MS could make physical HARDWARE adjustments this close to release day is beyond me. Obviously there is no long term testing being done by MS to see if these new  last minute adjustments will be stable many years down the road. I guess they think we will be the guinea pigs for that? Uncertainty may be good for you guys, but customers wan't to be 110% certain their money will not go to waste. Good luck with that one MS

NetGod
NetGod

The only real uncertainty is the perceived uncertainty by uneducated, schizophrenic teenage boys with no fathers in their lives. They are so despondent with their own lives that the only thing they can do is sit on here and spew/post lies and hate towards companies, consoles and people they don't even know. Just read these boards, and you will see what I mean. It really is quite sad.

benbonney
benbonney

I kind of agree with the points made but there has been a lot of uncertainty in the past 6 months..... I kind of feel the above developer is trying to encourage new ideas rather than a GTA/assassins creed/etc rip off... I don't really know, this is a very badly wrote article 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

The only uncertainty I see is whether the xbone will crash and burn on launch or struggle to keep afloat for a year before croaking.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

That certainly is a positive look on things, if I ever saw one. Hurray for the happy thoughts.
Now, back to reality.

anybodykilla15
anybodykilla15

uncertainty is good, because if you are uncertain if a game is good or not and end up buying it.....good for them.....bad for you....like bioshock infinite bad

Tielo1
Tielo1

Sure, if you're an indie developer and you gambled on the Xbox One you are in for a uncertain time. The only thing I know for certain is that for every 3 PS4's that are pre ordered only 1 Xbox One is pre ordered. And in only 13 countries the MS console will be sold day one. The rest of the world still doesn't know (and for the most part) care.

But I'm sure their title is very welcome on the PS4 just like Titanfall and almost every other third party exclusive that made the wrong gamble.

But seriously a new console generation doesn't create uncertainty. As always games will be made and sold to many happy consumers like it has always been.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

Uncertainty doesn't mean devs will get more creative, it means they have to find some other game to rip off instead of creating something new.

blueinheaven
blueinheaven

Uncertainty rules at Microsoft. 'How long before we reintroduce all that DRM and used game ban shit?'. It's a matter of time X1 dweebs.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

LOL, really.....i mean really? 

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Misleading as shit title. Shouldnt expect anything more from Eddie.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Complete lies.  The uncertainty leads publishers to take less risks, make safer games, and churn out more Assassin's Creeds and Call of Duties.

bluefox755
bluefox755

How convenient that we're all uncertain of what stupid decision MS will make next about their upcoming console.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Indirect paid advertising?

clqtte
clqtte

If game developers made poor and bad games; the uncertainty sure to be up on them.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

"Capybara Games president Nathan Vella says lack of certainty in the industry right now requires developers to think creatively."

and yet CoD ghosts and kinect rivals are being made.

Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

Nice try Microbe. Your days are numbered. Now, if we only we had Samsung would come into the console race. They've been giving Sony a hard time in the market. They'd be a formidable competitor. : )

S0loMANgrundy
S0loMANgrundy

they are uncertain idiots like this can manage to go a day without saying something retarted

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Seems more like they are trying to reassure their shareholders that the uncertainty over their console is GOOD thing lol

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

@tightwad34 When there is no news, why not create it?  In other news it is going to rain...somewhere.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@SpinDie25 Its internet.
Since there was i-net (like now)back then,we dont know if similar changes has been made to SNES,MD,N64,PS1,PS2 and so on.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@mrboone01 

That statement makes no sense. How is the "Xbone" uncertain? And what is this inanimate object uncertain of, exactly?

DukeMagnum
DukeMagnum

@Tielo1 lol you have no idea about the article you just read, do you? you read that and legitimately have no clue. 

a new generation does create uncertainty. the economy creates uncertainty. development costs create uncertainty. new business models like free to play create uncertainty. disruptive technologies like smartphones with mobile gaming create uncertainty. why do you think it has taken us 8 years to get a new machine??? because of uncertainty. hardware manufacturers were extremely uncertain about their bottom lines, about the viability or need for new platforms and about the willingness or ability of consumers to fork over the cash to pay for the things that they've pushed their new consoles back so far that there's not another inch to push.

i agree with the guy, for the most part, that uncertainty is good for the industry. when everybody and their brother feels certain about making money in this industry you get what happened in the 80s with every company under the sun rushing headfirst into gaming for a quick buck and the industry taking a big hit because of it as consumers rejected their miserable efforts. the same thing is happening now as well, although with some differences, but if you look at whatever company it was that was behind kingdoms of whatever, you'll see how thinking gaming is a sure thing hurts the industry. they basically borrowed a shit ton of money to make a game that they assumed was a sure thing, the next skyrim, and went bust because of it. or you could look at all these companies trying to make the next COD because they think huge set pieces and online multiplayer are sure things and end up with huge budgets where a game needs to sell 5 million copies to make a profit. that needs to stop, because that kind of thing weakens the industry and uncertainty will help to stop it.

if you look at things UbiSoft is doing, a lot of it is stuff that would never have been done 4 or 5 years ago and it is because of uncertainty. They've got some animated world war 2 game coming, some hand drawn 2D JRPG coming, and a full blown retail release 2D platformer like Rayman Legends already out... and these things do well or will do well because they didn't try to shoot the moon with their budgets and the scope of the games to be the next COD as we have seen many companies try to do over the last 3 years.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Tielo1
Wrong gamble?
All i hear is you want MS games on your console(PS4).
Arent PS4 games good enough?

grove12345
grove12345

@helldragonzer yup people play it safe with uncertainty. Well also people dont bother being creative when there is certainty.

This gaming era has gone to hell the past 8 years

tightwad34
tightwad34

@randomkidlol Man, I was thinking I was pretty much the only one who sees the BS coming from him.

DoucheBaggins
DoucheBaggins

@bluefox755 Well at least we know that we have more stupid comments to look forward to from you. There is hope after all.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@Queuingreturns You're an idiot if you think the xbox one won't do well. I'm getting a ps4 but despite everything wrong with the xbox one it is still selling like crazy. 

Tielo1
Tielo1

@DukeMagnum Eh, yes... Sure company's go bust like happened before. Many went bust like the once popular kingdom quest series, like the over produced and expensive Wing Commander series and it's spinoff. Like the companies that jumped on the Myth band wagon. And I'm sure that will happen to Assassin's Creed and Battlefield and as always some new amazing developers will emerge from the rumble and do the exact same thing again.

bluefox755
bluefox755

@DoucheBaggins @bluefox755 great comeback guy, any other gems you're holding onto?

McGregor
McGregor

@Kr0w1Nc4rNa73 @EL_Bomberdor I think the lineup on both systems looks like crap. Most of the titles are the same, save for 1 or 2. I think the 2014 year will really show who will succeed. So far, my only must buy game is Titanfall, and it's a must buy for PC.

TrueGB
TrueGB

@Kr0w1Nc4rNa73 @EL_Bomberdor That's funny. The launch line-ups are practically the same save for like a couple games.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@CaveManCobb Not to mention they think Samsung could make a good console. Maybe they could given enough time, but still where in the hell did that come from?