It’s been a while, but I know you’re all eager for yet another talking head predicting that traditional games are dying in the shadow of mobile experiences. Today’s villain is Bossa Studios head Henrique Olifiers, who thinks the Vita will die horribly.
“We’ll keep on the lookout to see what the next gen will bring, but if they want more focus on tech specs rather than usability and accessibility, I don’t think it will be for us,” he stated. “I hate the fact you cannot play a game on the PS3 against the same game on the 360 or PC. Walled gardens in a world where people are freely connected all the time is just a dumb idea that limits what is achievable.
“Valve is bang on: proprietary stuff is madness, we should be moving to more open platforms, to interoperability, bringing everyone together. If this is not the motto for the big console manufacturers, not only will we not be there — they’re likely to die a horrible premature death, the kind of which I think the Vita will suffer from.”
Bossa recently acquired the talents of former Last Guardian executive producer Yoshifusa Hayama. Jumping the ship after fiery visions of a blasted console wasteland? Probably not, but it’s worth noting that many are eyeing more open, social platforms with increasingly hungry eyes.