Obsidian: Digital should ‘stab used games market in the heart’

South Park and Fallout New Vegas developer Obsidian has made its feelings on pre-owned games pretty damn clear.

In an interview with IndustryGamers, chief creative officer Chris Avellone championed the power of digital distribution, hoping that it kills off trade-ins at traditional retail as soon as possible.

"Of course, one of the greatest things about digital distribution is what it does to reduce the used games market," he said. "I hope digital distribution stabs the used game market in the heart."

He pointed to the flexibility Obsidian enjoyed when developing DLC for its 2010 release Fallout: New Vegas, where the team "could take an extra week if you needed that to get things right" and "didn’t have to worry about production time for discs".

Avellone even said he wants the studio to distribute its own games in future.

"Our eventual hope is that we can stockpile enough resources to release our own titles digitally," he said. "Smaller games can be very satisfying projects to work on, and it would be great to do that. But it’s going to take time for us to get there; we want to make sure we do it right."

Obsidian Entertainment is currently working on a South Park RPG.

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