The Nintendo 3DS is rumored to out-power the Wii and expected to appear at E3 next week, but a select few have already laid eyes on the mystery device. Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello is one of them, and according to the big boss man from one of gaming's largest publishers, Nintendo's new portable platform is "cool," but he doesn't have a lot of faith in game developers to really take advantage of 3-D displays in the near future.
"I will tell you, I've seen it; it’s cool," Riccitiello told Industry Gamers.
Asked about whether 3-D tech would outshine Microsoft and Sony's motion controllers at E3 this year, the CEO chose his words carefully, but his forecast for 3-D game development in the short term did not sound great.
"I think that over time, probably in the course of 2011, 2012, the strongest publishers will author some great content, the installed base will be there, and there will be a good positive growth spurt," he explained. "I just don't think it will be this year."
Why the delay? Riccitiello knows the industry he works in, and knows that studios will take shortcuts if they can.
"I am a little nervous that some game companies will put out poorly authored 3-D content, sort of just put it together, because look, all games, most nearly all games are 3-D already," he said.
It's hard to disagree with that assessment. Good games take time, and companies love budget-friendly choices. The launch titles premiering with the 3DS may be telling, though. Hopefully we'll know more about that front after E3.
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