Saints Row 4 developer Jim Boone believes that the next-gen consoles will reduce the stigma of budget games.The PS4 is heavy on the indie support and has a number of free-to-play games launch alongside the console, while the Xbox One is turning Killer Instinct into a free-to-play game too. Microsoft recently changed their policies towards indie games as well, allowing them to self publish, which will create even more opportunities for game developers.
Jim Boone, senior producer on Saints Row 4, believes this is the start of a change that will see gamers not quite so uppity about how they buy games. “I’m excited for the industry in the sense that I think we’re finally starting to broaden out and I think that’s good,” said Boone. “For how many years now, it’s been whether it’s back in the day on PlayStation 1 or it’s been or for the game, you put the game out, and that’s what it is. That’s our business.”
Boone added that “now we can be really creative with what we’re doing”, suggesting that “next-gen platforms are really going to help with that.” There’s a level of diversity still ready to be made, says Boone, and that next-gen consoles could unlock that.
“I feel like there’s a lot of opportunity there for [Volition] to be clever and be different. I’m not saying that’s what we’ll do. I don’t even know what we’re going to do next.