Game news NFT, Cross-media, Unreal Engine 5: The future of video games is taking shape
Do you think video games used to be better? When we look in the rearview mirror, nostalgia takes us quickly. In reality, the future of gaming has many surprises in store for us! We analyze this together in 5 facts.
- The end of the graphic design races
- When the video game goes out of frame
- Web3, NFT, Blockchain and Metaverse attack gaming
- AI is diversifying into industry
- Short circuits are becoming more democratic
The end of the graphic design races
It’s the end of an era. New releases are less and less dazzling with their revolutionary graphics and that’s obvious! The games of the current generation is somehow trying to innovate differently, for example through the artistic direction and staging. If we have come to the conclusion that “the more beautiful, the less playable”, we are now going to learn new tools. The arrival of much more powerful engines also takes time for developers to adapt. For example, the Unreal Engine 5 situation demonstrates this reality.
When the video game goes out of frame
Video games are the world’s largest entertainment industry. In recent years we have seen a return to the concept of cross-functional projects. These initiatives, what we call cross-media, are a cross between film, series and gaming. Sometimes all this can form a total project. In particular, we could have seen it with the Black Mirror Bandersnatch interactive movie available on Netflix. A little longer ago, the MMORPG Defiance had also tried it. The movie Final Fantasy: Creatures of the Spirit also had that will, but had to face the harsh reality of a commercial failure. Thus, after getting a few band-aids, the video game could return in this direction. With this dynamic, we can mention Hideo Kojima’s Overdose project. According to the leaks, it would offer hybrid gameplay where we would play a console game through interaction on our smartphone.
When we talk about the innovations permeating digital industries everywhere, it’s hard not to think about blockchains, NFTs, cryptocurrencies, Metaverse and other companies. On these topics, the general public continues to show distrust and unwillingness. The imminent failure of the Metaverse or the difficulty of accessing crypto currencies is the perfect example. Between the crashes, the scams, the concept of certified JPEGs, what we call Web3 is often the target of ridicule. But in this industry, many actors are no laughing matter. One of the pioneers of the genre is French. It is the Sorare company, which offers a kind of Panini 3.0 album on which NFTs are bought and resold, which are virtual cards of football players. And all this for a valuation that rises to 4.3 billion euros in just 4 years. On the horizon, a market is beginning to take shape.
AI is diversifying into industry
Artificial intelligence (AI) in video games is far from new. We are used to seeing entities controlled by them swarming in our favorite virtual environments. However, do you also imagine them hiding behind your favorite games? Whether it’s to adapt the game to your personality and your level, or earlier in the writing process, their role could become much broader! In a few years we could see a quality of writing, conception, design, level construction or gameplay on the level of what a human team can do. The only difference is that a reflection and a high-quality human development is done in a few months, the AI realizes it in just a few moments.
Short circuits are becoming more democratic
In gaming, we usually have a developer funded by the publisher. To complete the chain you also need a distributor. It often involves large amounts of money and a small group of people. So, in terms of money and ecology, makers are increasingly trying to give preference to short circuits. We are seeing a new wave of independent games with budget project vibes. Yet the pantry of these projects is far from large international companies. In reality, they rely on self-help, community support and are made by small teams.