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Blizzard's Pardo: Single-Player Games an "Endangered Species"

GamesIndustry International has an excerpt from their in-depth interview with Blizzard's Rob Pardo where the World of Warcraft lead designer expresses skepticism about the "endangered species" of AAA single-player games. "I don't see there being a great business model for it these days. It's really sad, there's just a lot of elements out there that conspire to make those games difficult to make now," he says. "Between pirating or the ability for people to rent games, it's hard for publishers to pour millions and millions of dollars into a game and not necessarily see the return they need to make those budgets realistic."

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50. Re: Blizzard's Pardo: Single-Player Games an Oct 4, 2012, 09:20 Verno
 
Man it is really disappointing to hear Rob Pardo of all people say this. I think it's a bit disingenuous, there is a very healthy market for singleplayer games but publishers are absolutely ravenous and wasteful so they want increasing amounts of revenue with numerous ways to monetize the consumer with little risk. They have built these monstrous companies where the shareholder comes before any other consideration and become utterly dependent on expensive marketing for success.

Only in this fucked up industry could someone sell 10 million copies of Diablo 3 and then say singleplayer games are in trouble. This really sucks, it likely means no more SP Diablo or Warcraft.

Preorder a seasons pass and have a chance to unlock a preorder reward! Buy a hat for your pet to battle in a virtual arena! Gaming is such a fucked up business these days.
 
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