I have a premonition that the convergence of games and movies is going to be more real than people think.
Consider these points:
- Budgets and graphical realism for games keep increasing.
- Hollywood is increasingly adverse to investment risks
- Game and movie tie-ins are increasing, with many major movies being released at the same time as the game.
- Computer animated movies are increasingly popular and make a lot of money
Right now it costs $30-$50 million for an AAA game and from $50 to $200 million for a movie. Lets say 10 years from now games are truly photorealistic and cost twice what they do now. What’s the next logical step?
Rather than make a game for $100 million and a movie for $100 million, make a movie using the game’s graphics engine The movie is in fact just the scripted portions of the game tied together.
Does this sound reasonable?