Ovosonico Is Looking to the Future

Massimo Guarini, founder and CEO of developer Ovosonico, recently spoke on the company’s new studio location and what appears to be a shift from an independent developer to a larger, AAA studio.

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“It’s focusing on what matters, and making sure that what matters in the game is top quality level,” he said of the studio’s shift to a larger office to accommodate plans for an expanded staff. “It involves saying ‘no’ to a bunch of other things”

“We are facing a moment in the history of the market where we see that the gap between big-budget productions and indie is getting wider and wider,” he continued. “You see more people jumping in, because the barrier of entry is fortunately much lower, but that’s also causing a multitude of super small studios or even individuals getting to make independent video games and saturating the market, while mid-tier studios are moving toward the AAA side of the industry; trying to get noticed, and to make sure that the production values are up to par with the multitude of studios competing in the same market space.”

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Guarini also touched on how he believes this industry shift is going to affect the way we play games in the future.

“We are witnessing a moment in the video game industry where the market is expanding, and it’s becoming a little bit more horizontal than before,” he said. “Obviously the barriers of entry for technology are still really high; it’s not easy for non-gamers to jump in and buy a console or install Steam on a PC and make sure that the game works.

“But we’ll eventually get there, and we need to be ready. And when games are like the Netflix button on your remote – that easy – that’s the day when content is the distinctive part of the equation. Games are going to be ubiquitous like movies and music are today. It’s a matter of time to me, and we want to be ready.”

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