Speaking to CVG, RTS designer extraordinaire and CEO of Gas Powered Games Chris Taylor, has said that PC games can be successful if they are invested in properly.
“In core gaming people see the PC as shrinking and see the RTS as the fad that past over the last ten years. [They say] the sun is setting on it, but StarCraft 2 brings it back in a massive way,” said Taylor.
“People go ‘oh yeah, it’s simply an investment of publisher dollars’. Age of Empires Online will probably be successful and show that it’s about the investment being there. You know, build it and they will come – the Field of Dreams line from the Kevin Costner movie. There is so much truth to this statement.”
Taylor goes on to talk about specifics, citing Starcraft 2 as an example.
“What I’m saying is that there’s a kind of chicken and egg thing here. Blizzard spends around $100 million-plus, so of course they’re going to do $300 million in sales.”
Taylor is the brains behind such RTS titles as Total Annihilation, Supreme Commander and Dungeon Siege.