Join the debate: Was Wada right?

Join the debate: Was Wada right?

By Rob Crossley

November 30th 2009 at 11:00PM

Develop launches new Jury Service feature. This weekâ??s question; is physical content set for extinction?

Develop is this week introducing a new weekly online feature which invites the development community to discuss the most pressing issues of the moment – and we want you to get involved.

This week we are examining the rise of digital distribution and server-based games after the startling claim by Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada that console would die out. Last week he told our sister magazine MCV: “In ten years’ time a lot of what we call ‘console games’ won’t exist.”

Wada’s belief is that in the near future interactive entertainment will move from software run on hardware to server-based offerings, game streaming and digital distribution.

So we want to know your thoughts: Is server-based gaming and digital distribution set to replace physical content altogether?

Feel free to submit your thoughts via the comments section below, or send your answer to rob.crossley@intentmedia.co.uk. Answers will be published later in the week.

We are also consulting with a regular panel of key industry execs for the regular Jury Service slot - if you’d like to be added to the jury, let us know.