its editor Assassin’s Creed Recently agreed to acquire cloud gaming rights outside the European Economic Area for all games Activision Blizzard Launched over the next 15 years.
And although the company has bet that streaming will revolutionize the video game industry in the same way it has transformed the television and film industries, Early, who has been an influential figure in negotiations for the rights. activationThink that physical sales always have a place.
“There is a market for collector’s editions,” said the senior vice president Ubisoft Strategic alliances and commercial development on the company’s website. “There’s the aspect of giving away physical items and allowing access so people can easily buy a game in a store and give it to their friends or family.
“Some people will always want to own physical discs. I don’t think it will go away. Do I think physical sales may decline over time? Sure, but will it ever go away completely? I don’t believe it.”
sonywhich currently offers disc-based and all-digital versions PS5said that 67% of the 264.2 million games sold for its consoles in the last fiscal year ending in March were digital.
While most triple-A games currently receive both physical and digital releases, some are only available for download.
Alan Wake 2 Will be released this month as a digital-only game. Explaining the decision not to release a physical copy, developer Remedy said:
“First, a large number [jugadores] They have gone completely digital. You can buy one Sony Playstation 5 Without a disk drive and Xbox Series S A fully digital console from Microsoft. It is not uncommon for modern games to be released only in digital format.
“Second, not releasing a disc helps keep the game priced at $59.99 and the PC version at $49.99.”
In June, Circana (formerly NPD) analyst Matt Piscatella said that gamers should expect digital-only releases for consoles to become common in the coming years.
“Only digital AAA releases are here,” he wrote. “Over the next 2 years, this trend will accelerate and by 2028 or so, I think it will be the norm for most product launches.” Xbox y again. Nintendo Probably won’t move that fast, but then again Nintendo And they are always full of surprises.”
Editor’s note: I see little point in having games in physical format when the full games don’t come on disc, of course it’s a problem for storage but, on the other hand, it’s much more practical to have everything on your hard drive.