The industry is changing faster than any of us might have expected, and Square-Enix president Yoichi Wada says that in another ten years, just about everything will be different.
According to MCVUK , Wada says he's preparing his company for the seemingly inevitable switch to digital distribution and server-based games. He says these next ten years will offer unrivaled market growth simply because the concept of a "console game" won't exist any longer; the traditional ideas will have been left behind. Interestingly enough, he says both Sony and Microsoft are prepared for this and third-party developers had best follow suit, or suffer the consequences. Said Wada:
"Somewhere around 2005 the console manufacturers’ strategy shifted. In the past the platform was hardware, but it has switched to the network. A time will come when the hardware isn’t even needed anymore. With that, any kind of terminal becomes a potential platform on which games can be played – that’s exponential growth in the potential of gaming. The potential size of the market is enormous."
For Square-Enix's part, Wada says they're focusing more on "social and browser games" and of course, they're keeping a close eye on the progress of Final Fantasy XIV . But you know, when FFXV is all set to arrive, you may not be asking whether or not it'll be available on "multiple consoles;" that's a question that, according to Wada, will be irrelevant at some point in the future.