Gears of War designer and former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski has thrown his support behind Microsoft's Xbox One and its new DRM measures that seek to control the use and sale of used game discs. Speaking via Twitter, Bleszinski posted several comments expressing his support of the Xbox One's move towards a DRM-controlled used game market, saying that AAA development costs as they are now cannot be maintained in a marketplace that also supports used games.
"You cannot have game and marketing budgets this high while also having used and rental games existing. The numbers do NOT work people," he said.
"The visual fidelity and feature sets we expect from games now come with sky high costs. Assassins Creed games are made by thousands of devs."
"Newsflash. This is why you're seeing free to play and microtransactions everywhere. The disc based day one $60 model is crumbling.
"Those of you telling me 'then just lower game budgets' do understand how silly you sound, right?" said Bleszinski.
He also said that people mad about Xbox One's mandatory online check-in every 24 hours are directing their anger at the wrong people.
"If you can afford high speed internet and you can't get it where you live direct your rage at who is responsible for pipe blocking you," he said.
Destructoid's Jim Sterling offered a response to CliffyB's comments here.