GamesIndustry.Biz tells about LucasArts’s Chris Williams who says that “Gameplay must come first”. He says:
I don’t believe that someone is going to go out and spend the kind of money that it’s going to cost to buy a new system just for the pretty graphics.
LucasArts has worked really hard to develop new technology that we think is fundamentally going to change gaming at the core. That includes creating simulated rather than animated characters which react differently according to context, and new physics effects for more realistic visuals.
I’m not 100% sure what kind of technology they are talking about… but “new physics effects for more realistic visuals” belongs most likely to the “pretty graphics” section rather than about “better gameplay”. The interview is going to be published tomorrow so we are left to see what happens, but my guess is that LucasArts continues the same path big companies are already doing: improving graphics. (I’m slightly exaggerating here.)
…which naturally leaves space for the rest of us indies: to focus bringing innovation in games.