Tim Schafer indicated that Double Fine is unlikely to return to the world of $40 million, AAA titles like Brutal Legend and he’s not sure that there will be a place for them on consoles because of it. The company has done well by smaller titles like Stacking, Iron Brigade and Middle Manager of Justice and because of costs for things like certification, patches and TCRs, they’re less feasible on consoles.
“Our fear was that next generation was going to be only big AAA games. It was only going to be a place for Call of Duty and Halo,” said Schafer. “But we’ve talked to [the console manufacturers], and told people what things would be hard for teams our size with regards to consoles.”
“We’d still like to be active in that space, we care about consoles, but unless they open things up a lot more like what we have on Steam… if they opened things up more it would be a more friendly place from our perspective,” he added. “We’ve talked to them about this stuff, and you know, they hear us. They’re big companies and they can’t make changes overnight, but I think they’re taking all of that stuff into consideration. We’ll have to see what happens.”