Xbox 720 Lionhead Studios

Despite Microsoft not making any official statements regarding the Xbox 720, many devs are already clamoring for more power on the console because they have ideas for games that will be unlike anything anyone has seen before. More power, they say, will give us a machine that can keep up with their ideas and truly bring gaming to the next-generation. Microsoft’s own Lionhead studios have other ideas though.

Xbox 720 Lionhead Studios

The makers of the upcoming Fable: The Journey and the rest of the famed Fable series believes that power isn’t everything. If there’s one thing the Xbox 720 should give game developers, it should be an easy way of making games. Gary Carr, Lionhead’s creative director, summarized his thoughts on the matter in a conversation with OXM:

“Quite often people who are very good at writing technology are not good at writing creatively cool things. The point I’m making is: if you can offer something that’s as simple as a Fisher Price toy which still produces amazing results, than I’ve got a broader range of people I can invite into this industry to make great games.”

I think Carr raises some interesting points here. Next-gen gaming shouldn’t just be about whether the Xbox 720 will have better graphics and a more powerful processor than the Playstation 4 or the Wii U. Microsoft and the other manufacturers should also think of ways that would make these consoles accessible to a lot of people. If the Xbox 720, the Playstation 4 and the Wii U are more flexible in that regard, we could end up with more creative games and ones that we truly have never seen before because these consoles will be flooded with all sorts of fresh takes and new ideas.

Realistic graphics? Sure, I’d like to see more of that. More enemies and elements on the screem at the same time? I’m up for it. But more importantly, I hope the Xbox 720 can give us games that will not only challenge the definition of gaming but spin it around on its head.

Agree? Disagree? Discuss in the comments below!

  1. Well the good thing about the new ideas is the fact that with that type of gaming engine in the 720 will make gaming alot easier. What I mean by that is 3 points. Point 1, it will make games able to target a larger demographic. Point 2, It can take games to a level that Elder Scrolls series touched on a little, games constantly changing. My final point, the engine, if done correctly with 3D technologies and TV’s, Can almost virtually put a player into the game. As for Nintendo, Jimmy, If you have not been keeping up to date; here is an update. Nintendo is dropping from the gaming platform. No more consoles. As for games, Nintendo is in talks with many companies to go in partners. Talks are dependent on the WiiU. If as big a flop as the Wii, platforms are done, then just as Square-Enix, we might see something like Nintendo-Rockstar, or Nintendo-Square-Enix-Konami-Vivendi-Bandai-Microsoft-Turn10-Deep Silver-EA-Lionhead-DICE-Havok or something like that. So that being said, happy gaming.

  2. Game creation should be challenging, as much as possible, and power makes that challenge a reality. If people become stagnet on the adrenal level, the tech industry loses their audience.

  3. Lionhead, if you actually created a new IP maybe I would consider your input. Their is nothing going on in your studio from a customer perspecitve. I used to love you guys for Black and White 1 & 2 but you have done literally One franchise since then, fable. Fable was great; however, it’s past time to move on. As for ease of programming, you only program for the computer and the Xbox so I dont see how you can complain about difficulty programming as you have it easy in comparison to other companies developing for all consoles and PC. You know your tools and you know how to use the hardware to its fullest, create a game that I will fall in love with. Show us consumers these new ideas that you have if you dont need new, more powerful, hardware! I want to see the creative side you have and I know others do too. I am challenging you do to something new and it doesnt have to be a new way to play.

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