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Peter Molyneux sees Wii U as "lackluster" and E3 as possibly "outdated"

Peter Molyneux sees Wii U as "lackluster" and E3 as possibly "outdated"

Wed 16 May 2012 8:20pm GMT / 4:20pm EDT / 1:20pm PDT
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The former Lionhead boss will offer an insider's view of E3 for Spike TV this year

In an interesting "get" for Spike TV, the network has announced that it's secured the services of Peter Molyneux as an on-air analyst for its E3 2012 coverage. The former Lionhead boss will provide an insider's view of key E3 topics such as the Wii U's chances for success and whether or not E3 itself is even all that relevant anymore.

Judging by emails shared with Kotaku's Stephen Totilo (Kotaku editors will be on Spike's E3 panel too), Molyneux appears hugely excited to be given the chance to talk about the industry without any public relations personnel to hold him back.

Look at what's already on his mind - here's the key part from his email:

This E3 is going to be fascinating. Thoughts:

Sony and Msft are holding their breath on next gen interesting to see how they pad out another year. Price cuts, form factors?

Nintendo's slightly lack lustre Wii U is going to have to blow us away with better specs and great 1st party line up.

The real challenge is how the players are going to adapt to the mounting pressure of Facebook, Apple, Social, Cloud, Multi-Gaming.

Is the biggest news that E3 itself runs the risk of being outdated, or perhaps it already is?

I guess I am excited about GTA V, but only in a mildly curious way.

I am excited, as always, to hear from Valve.

I would expect some announcement from Bungie.

God only knows what COD will have to destroy in the Press briefing demo, after last year's destruction of NY.

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Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

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So he's being asked to analyze a media event he thinks might no longer be worth being a media event? Interesting.

And his presumption regarding the Wii U sounds like it's based on anonymous devs rather than the open devs.



Hey, Peter....how's Milo coming along?

Posted:A year ago

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Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

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It is very true what he says about Microsoft and Sony, they must be looking over their shoulders at Apple, wondering what they have to do not to be killed in the market by apps. No wonder they continue to delay, because once they launch they are committed to a billion dollar gamble.
The success of Minecraft on Xbox must have focussed the thoughts of Microsoft executives.

If you take an existing boxed console game, say F1 from Codemasters, it does not take long to work out how this could become a service, across many platforms, initially available for free, with monthly updates and with an IAP business model.
Done properly this would make far more money.

This is where we, as an industry, are going.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Keldon Alleyne
Handheld Developer

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The question is Bruce, how many games can make more money than they do now? Is there not a limit to how much more people will spend on games?

What is this limit? At what point will we reach a plateau? And how much money from users will go back into the industry to pay for more code to be written and art to be produced rather than lining the pockets of investors?

Posted:A year ago

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Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Well i cant help but to have some insecurities about the WiiU. As much as I want it to succeed, it seems to be the Sega Dreamcast all over again. Right now 5 years since PS3 launchtechnology is way above twice the horsepower it was when current generation consoles launched. And if Nintendo is again making a low-spec machine I wonder how it will hold up once the Xbox Next and PS4 Orbis come out. Again Im really hoping Nintendo has something up its sleeve I want them to succeed.

Posted:A year ago

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Tom Keresztes
Programmer

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@Rick,

If PS-Next is going to make as much profit as the current one, sooner or later Nintendo's low-spec system will have no competition.

Posted:A year ago

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Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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@ Tom Keresztes

Let me see if i got this right... i honestly think that making an overpowered piece of hardware and selling it as a loss is not good business. However both SONY and Microsft seem convinced that this is the way to go, as in the case with SONY's Vita and Microsoft rumors about a super powered next generation console thats 6+ times more powerful than the current one.

So what your telling me that if they continue the way they are they wont have consoles to sell and Nintendo will be without competition? Right?

If so i agree Nintendo is doing something right in making a console that will be profitable since day one. I just wonder how feasable it is to make a console that can be upgraded, lets say 2 or 3 years down the line, for 50$ you can add ram or aditional graphics chip as in the case with Nintendo 64 expansion port. Bothe the NES and SNES and even the gamecube had expansion ports.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Jamie Read
Junior 3D Artist

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- I personally love E3 and watching the coverage of it online.
- Having been a huge Nintendo fan since the very early 90's, I really hope Nintendo pull something special out of the bag that will blow some of their sceptics away! I really hope they don't blow the head-start they have over Sony and Microsoft.

Posted:A year ago

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