What to expect from this year’s Gamescom 2018 lineup
Polygon’s editors will be at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from August 18-21, and we’ll have an in-depth look at what you can expect from the lineup of the show and what you need to know before heading to the show.
As usual, we’re running a series of in-person interviews with the people who make games for the platforms that support them.
In this installment, we sit down with game designer and producer Mike Laidlaw.
Mike has been a game designer for almost 20 years, and he’s currently a game producer at Electronic Arts. His game, Dead Space 3: Lethal Weapon, was recently voted the game of the year in the 2017 Video Game Developers Association Awards.
He also co-created the first ever interactive fiction game, Aperture Science.
I sat down with Mike to ask him a few questions about the industry and the future of the industry.
First off, what are your thoughts on the upcoming Gamescom lineup?
How does the show compare to last year’s, and if it’s the same as the last year, what kind of shows are you excited about?
What are some of the big trends you see in the industry?
Mike: The most noticeable thing is how many new developers are coming into the industry, but I also think that the industry is still struggling to find its footing.
So much has changed in the past 20 years and it’s difficult for new teams to find the confidence to continue building on top of what they already know.
The main issue is that people are starting to get tired of it.
The games we are making have already been around for a long time, and there is not much innovation.
Games have been around forever.
I think that’s a good thing.
People are starting now to see what the market is like and that it is not all about selling games.
We also see the importance of keeping the games fresh.
People want to play new games every year and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
So I think this year, we will see a lot of new games that we are excited about.
But I think we will also see a bunch of big hits that people have never heard of.
It is a different market, a different time, a completely different ecosystem and I think there will be a lot more innovation coming out of this year.
What is the current state of the games industry?
Is it growing, or is it stagnating?
How important is it for games to be updated and maintained?
Mike, what is your take on the current situation in the gaming industry?
What are the top five games that are currently the most-played on Steam?
The number of games that have been rated Mature by the ESRB has increased from five to nine since 2013, which is pretty crazy.
How important are the games that were recently released?
There were a lot released last year and I can’t really remember exactly how many, but there were probably a few dozen games that I am pretty excited about these days.
Can you tell us a bit more about the new additions coming out this year?
I know that there are a lot coming out, but the big ones are The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Gran Turismo 6.
We will also be seeing the first-person shooter Battlefield Hardline and the first mobile game Doomfist.
Are you looking forward to seeing more AAA games coming to the market this year than ever before?
Well, I definitely am.
As the industry continues to grow, there are still so many great games coming out.
I am excited to see a new franchise come out, or a new IP come out.
And of course, we are getting the best games in the world at GamesCom every year.
But I also feel like we are a very small industry and I would like to be a part of a much bigger industry.
If you could make a game today that was different from the games you are currently working on, what would it be?
In a lot different ways.
When I was working on the game, I realized that if I were to just play through the game with a different perspective, I could actually create a different experience.
I wanted to have the player interact with the world in a completely new way, to have something new to explore and something new for the player to do.
I thought I would do something like that, but that would have been hard because it would have required a lot new ideas and would have taken a long amount of time.
That is what I wanted, so I started with a completely fresh game.
Now, I can play the game in the original perspective with the new perspective.
It is definitely a different kind of experience.
Is there anything else you would like the audience to know about the show