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Team Ninja boss: 'Consoles aren't going away any time soon'

"People still go to the cinema after all this time and I think it's going to be like that with consoles"

While numerous developers have suggested that the next generation of traditional home consoles will be the last, the boss of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive studio Team Ninja doesn't see that being the case.

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Asked if he believes there'll always be a separation between home consoles and other game-playing media, Yosuke Hayashi told issue 124 of Xbox World: "I don't think consoles are going to disappear from gaming. You still have millions of people playing videogames with a controller on a box in front of the TV. Just look at Call of Duty, for example: it's everywhere. There are millions of people playing it.

"I think people will continue to play games, and as long as the cost of development stays sustainable, and people continue to buy traditional games, then we'll be here. If only one game sells everything, it will ruin the gaming and console industries completely.

"I think you can compare it to movies," he added. "People still go to the cinema after all this time. I don't know how long cinemas have been around but it's not like cinemas are completely gone and everyone is watching movies on their TV or smartphone.

"Yes, you have those new mediums, but the old guy is still there - and I think it's going to be like that with consoles. I think they will be around for quite a while."

Among those to recently predict that the next generation of home consoles will be the last are Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli and God of War and Twisted Metal director David Jaffe.

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