Problems With Cross Generation Games

Will cross generation titles lead to problems for consumers?

Anytime a new game console releases, there are always issues with whether to phase out the older version and how to market the new console and games.

This may not seem like such a big deal to the average person, but I'm here to explain that it is. 2013 has seen the release of next-gen consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One. Now that they're here, what will happen with the PS3 and Xbox 360?

In the past the transition period between the consoles was remarkably fast. As of late, this is not the case. Some new titles are marketed for the previous generations such as Titanfall, Watch Dogs and even Destiny.

What you may not realize is that Respawn Entertainment is developing the highly anticipated multiplayer shooter Titanfall for the Xbox One and PC, and chose not to develop the Xbox 360 version of the game. For understandable reasons, rumors state that since Respawn Entertainment is a small company, they wanted to concentrate on the next generation experience with Xbox One and PC. This was also the reasoning for the lack of a single-player campaign.

Hold on, isn't there an Xbox 360 version of Titanfall being made?

Since the release of Xbox One, sales for the Xbox 360 have risen oddly enough. From a business standpoint, making an Xbox 360 version of Titanfall would be profitable.

So this leaves in question, how do you release a game on multi platforms yet you're only responsible for two?

Respawn Entertainment is the developer, Electronic Arts (EA) is the publisher, and that is how. EA will be publishing the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall. Advertising this important difference will prove to be tricky.

EA and DICE have had major issues with Battlefield 4 due to its cross generation developments. They're involved in lawsuits claiming that they advertised a different product from what they released. Complaints throughout the community are of quality in the multiplayer for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. DICE has had so many issues with Battlefield 4 that they have an active Issues Tracker with 20 known issues on the list.

This is where I have an issue.

Can't this one example lead to a multitude of similar problems upon the release of Titanfall? Cross generation titles could see possible differences and where does that leave the consumer?

I honestly believe that titles such as Titanfall, Destiny and Watch Dogs, that are boasting the next-gen experience, should be exclusive to the next-gen consoles. With that standard  implemented by game developers, efforts would be put towards the new technology and not leaving doors open for problems on a cross generation title down the line.

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Venisia is a public relations professional, video game industry contractor, published author, freelance entertainment journalist, copy editor, a co-organizer of the Latinx Games Festival, and a member of the Latinx in Gaming and the Puerto Rico Game Developers (PRGD) community. Her passion is video games. She loves the adrenaline rush from a multiplayer match and understands the frustrations of a brand-new raid. Venisia finds immense value in gaming especially in the realm of mental health.

Published Sep. 8th 2017
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    while there are definitely failures (Battlefield 4 like you mentioned) aren't there also successes? Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is a cross-generation game, and it had a successful Xbox 360/PS3 gen release, and then an incredibly successful PS4 release (I think people were calling it the best game for the PS4)
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    Yes there are successes Amanda and thank you for bringing it up. Assassin's Creed is the best example of that. In my own opinion though, I think such successes are rare. I'm concerned with Titanfall for this very reason and Vince Zampella has made clear regarding Respawn's game is made for Xbox One and PC, with EA handling the Xbox 360 side of the game. I hope they do not encounter all the trouble of Battlefield 4.
  • gabfran
    I can agree that the next gen consoles should have exclusive gaming titles in order to suit the architecture. It would probably get more people to go into their wallets and make the purchase. With game titles being on all consoles, it should be expected there will be differences but I don't think the average consumer pays attention beyond E3 and trailers, so yes they need to advertise this.
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    I hear you there, advertising there will be slight differences is key. Thank you for reading.
  • onpv3rtigo1
    Featured Contributor
    I agree with you for the most part but then again how are people like me who cant yet afford a next gen system play these wonderful games? Trust me I am wholeheartedly next gen focused but if they can keep the games I want to play coming to my current gen pkatforms just a little longer ill be very happy. Oh and I got to the comments first Gabby :p
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    While I'd agree with you that cost being a factor to many as to why they're not "upgrading" to the next-gen consoles, I'll ask you this, is it fair to the developers to be hounded by the community when a game "doesn't look like the newer version"?

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