Statement was not meant to be taken seriously, says Hojengaard
Crytek‘s director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard has retracted his recent statement about how awesome it would be if next-gen consoles blocked used games.
Hojengaard initially told CVG, “From a business perspective [preventing the sale of used games] would be absolutely awesome. It’s weird that [second-hand] is still allowed because it doesn’t work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well.”
However, he has since clarified that the comment “was not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the opinion of Crytek.”
Hojengaard’s earlier comment referred to the rumors claiming the next generation of consoles will include measures to prevent the running of used games.
Whether this response is truly a clarification or the action of a company rapidly backpedaling following an extremely negative response from the community, the internet’s nerd rage can be difficult to contain once it has stoked.
Famed developer of the Battlefield series DICE chief executive Patrick Bach recently commented on the issue of used game sales in an interview with CVG, arguing that blocking the sale of used games could significantly improve the industry as a whole.
Bach said, “So on the positive side you could see more games being created because of this, and also more new IPs. There’d be a bigger market for games that don’t have, for instance, multiplayer.”