Dang, you know, I think I’m also seeing how this is going to be the next venue for the dreaded Console Wars. The Activision Blizzard acquisition by Microsoft just seems like business as usual but that angle makes it make more sense that Sony has also been ramping up acquisitions too, I guess culminating (so far) with the Bungie acquisition. Even if, say, they continue to release games on multiple platforms, surely it will be a cold day in hell before we would see something like Destiny 3 on Game Pass or The Call Of Duty on PS++, from here on out. The battles of the near identical computers rages on I suppose.
Also when I was thinking of the chance that it may become particularly inhospitable for AA or mid tier developers without big backing from Microsoft, Sony, or some kinda legacy publisher, I was thinking in particular of the Housemarque acquisition. That game came off to me like it cost a lot more than what its 500,000-700,000 copies sold would have recouped. Surely at some point it must have been meant to help move PlS5es before anyone could anticipate that that would not be the problem they would be dealing with following the release of the thing, but yeah. It’s obviously already rough enough out there for all game developers everywhere but I wonder if we will cease to see smaller-but-ambitious studios grow without divine favor in advance. Well, maybe that was never the case, idk. What was CD Projekt Red’s ascendency like?