Block used games on next-gen consoles? Not us, says Crytek

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Rasmus Hojengaard, the director of creative development at Crytek, recently went on record as stating that used games should be blocked on next-gen consoles.

"From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome," Hojengaard told Computer and Video Games (CVG).

Block used games on next-gen consoles? Not us, says Crytek

"It's weird that [second-hand] are still allowed because it doesn't work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well."

Unsurprisingly, the controversial comments caused quite a furor within the gaming industry, prompting both Crytek and Hojengaard to distance themselves from the incendiary remarks.

"My comment made in the interview, touching upon 'blocking sales of used games,' was not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the opinion of Crytek," Hojengaard clarified in an official statement.

As CVG's Tom Ivan points out, it's somewhat understandable that Hojengaard and his team would want to maximize sales. 

"But the blocking of used games [clearly] isn't a notion that sits well with consumers, and it's equally understandable that Crytek doesn't want to annoy gamers," he added. 

Personally, I suspect that Hojengaard's original comments were representative of his true feelings, despite claims to the contrary. Nevertheless, while piracy is undoubtedly an issue for developers, the average end user really shouldn't be penalized by having their consoles blocked from playing used games. 

That being said, Hojengaard could very well be hinting at draconian anti-piracy measures potentially under consideration by console manufacturers regarding their respective next-gen systems. Only time will tell, though.