Along with lists, this time of year brings combinations of retrospectives on the past year and looks ahead to the future. The BBC has one up on their site, with comments from several designers.

PETER MOLYNEUX isn’t too sanguine about 2009. While he thought ’08 was a good year overall, “Next year, well, it’s all looking a bit dry.” He also feels games may be a little cheaper: “I think we’re going to see a lot of price pressure put on games.” That would make a lot of gamers happy.

LORD BRITISH came right out and said he’s ready to get back into game design, surprising a lot of us who figured his departure from NCsoft and Tabula Rasa marked his exit from the industry: “Now, after a very interesting break, I’m keen to get back into the fray and work on a new game. Probably medieval fantasy and probably online; there’s something very powerful about getting people together.”

What with the economy, and so many publishers cutting back, and s/w houses going down the tubes, Lord B. may find it difficult to start a new project. Especially as TR was less than successful. It will be interesting to see what develops here, if anything.

PAUL BARNETT of Mythic Entertainment summed up the past year quite nicely with this: “It was a year of disappointing big games; budgets too big, development too long, platforms underdeveloped, and expectations were too high.”

Whether the industry has learned anything positive from that remains to be seen. In the meantime, check out the article and see what you think.

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