Gamespot has an interesting interview with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick where the wallet behind the Guitar Hero series and the largest video game publisher in the world gives some hints into the future of the industry.
“I think what the untethered Guitar Hero does is equal the playing field a little more and give you some leverage with first parties when it comes to downloadable content and the business model,” Kotick said.
The executive also told attendees to “expect many of our products to be playable independent of a console,” specifically saying he’d been impressed with media hub functionalities shown by 1080p TVs that let users stream content from their PCs. He also suggested a day in not-too-distant future where players’ Facebook profiles will be integrated into Guitar Hero, letting them make songs to share with friends, post high scores or favorite songs on their profile page, and so on.
The idea of a significant game without the need of a console is certainly an interesting method of distribution, and could remove a hurdle tied to discussing a title s compatible platforms.