Should we give up having games? | bright spot

Imagine this: it’s 2045 and you want to show your future partner/child/friend your favorite game in 2023, Alan Wake 2. old console and boot it once more. But as you do, you realize that you don’t have Alan Wake 2 installed on your system. And PlayStation Store no longer supports PlayStation 5. And The game was never physically available, so… you get the picture.

Digital game sales have been on the rise for years, while publishers have simultaneously emphasized that the future and growth of the video game industry lies in the subscription market. However, for this to happen, people have to agree to one small thing: not actually owning the game.

This week, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown came out and it’s incredible. But this is not the only thing that Ubisoft introduced. The publisher has taken over its subscription service and renamed it Ubisoft+, while also changing the offering. Ubisoft’s director of subscriptions, Philip Tremblay, spoke to to talk about the changes, but there was one choice quote that definitely pissed some off. Tremblay said gamers should get comfortable with not having their games.

This week on Spot On, Tam and Lucy discuss the rise of the subscription model, the growing concerns about ownership and retention, and what it all means for us as consumers and for game developers trying to make things.

Spot On is a weekly news program that airs on Fridays, where GameSpot Editor-in-Chief Tamoor Hussain and Senior Producer Lucy James discuss the latest in gaming news. Given the extremely dynamic and never-ending news cycle of the massive video game industry, there’s always something to talk about, but unlike most other news programs, Spot On goes in-depth on a single topic rather than summarizing it all. News. Spot On airs every Friday.

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