As a gamer, for as long as I have been in the lifestyle, I have always loved original concepts, more commonly called Original IPs in today’s standards. I remember more than once a year, my eye glazing over by the sheer excitement just over something as new as Donkey Kong Country. Like many things, however, a well that once runeth over with water, someday can dry up.
Is this the case with creativity in the gaming industry?
Hitting the crutch of sequels and prequels, I’d safely say it’s a possibility. True, the sequels are great and sometimes they do offer new and innovative ideas, ontop of a pre-established story/land. Sadly that wont be enough to keep some of the gamers on board.
Lack of creativity breeds boredom, boredom breeds disinterest. Eventually, people will be looking for a new interest, and just having to deal with being content with Sequel Fever.
At the same time though, this descent into boredom can and would most likely create a surge of Indie developers, seeking to bring back that spark that the world lost long ago. We would be fortunate in a new wave of designers, who are weary, worried the inevitable stagnation would come to play once again.
It looks to be a tough road ahead for Devs, but with current games in the proverbial chamber like the mystic assassin talk Dishonored, the survival Horror tale in London, ZombiU on the rise, maybe that will be enough to push back the creativity slump long enough.