Few game makers have the resources to pursue mega-blockbuster projects like Assassin's Creed III , and there are fewer every year.
In speaking to Edge , Ubisoft creative director Alex Hutchinson said his team is "the last of the dinosaurs" and the way the industry is going, huge AAA projects will soon be dead.
"We're the last of the dinosaurs. We're still the monster triple-A game with very large teams [and] multiple studios helping out on different bits. There are fewer and fewer of these games being made, especially as the middle has fallen out."
Earlier this year, Hutchinson was quoted as saying that games with massive budgets are starting to become "cancerous growths" and at some point, they'll just disappear. The amount of time and money involved is just through the roof, and with the next generation upon us, it'll cost even more to develop for new hardware. So what can designers do? Well, at this rate, who knows? Predicting the future is dicey…