Killzone: Shadow Fall may have seen some mixed critical reactions since its release but no one denies that the game looks damn good. And this is only a launch title – imagine what kind of games we could see in five years or so. In an interview with AusGamers, lead designer Eric Boltjes talked about how he sees the PS4 evolving over the next few years.
“Being my own personal views, and not necessarily company ones, but I think with every new platform, the first games that come out, because of just the way things work — with the way the tools get developed etc — it’s not using it’s maximum potential yet. Regardless of how beautiful Killzone: Shadow Fall is and how well it runs, I think games within the next five years running on the PS4 will be even more beautiful, and even better.
“So I think that’s going to be cool. But more so than ever before, I think gamers and the gaming audience in general are hungry for something new, something different they haven’t played before. You can see it with the development of the indies: they’re bringing something new and fresh to the table, and I think a lot of people are catching on to that.”
Take the case of Killzone 2 as an example. The game dropped jaws when it was released but now when you compare it with Shadow Fall it does not look that impressive.
Will we get those new experiences, especially considering the industry’s yearly sequels and obsession with blockbusters? At least they’ll be prettier, even if graphics aren’t everything.