More rumours which may or may not be true.
Bioware’s Neil Thomson has stated that next-gen Xbox won’t be a massive leap like Xbox to Xbox 360, but the leap will be quite significant. He states that he is under NDA so he can’t reveal anything significant but this should be something that will reduce hype for a lot of people.
“Clearly we still hammer up against the limitations of the hardware on a daily basis and if you push those parameters back, as I’m sure the next-gen will do, we’ll hit them again,” he told OXM.”I think the main thing is that the industry doesn’t get itself into a corner where it becomes economically unviable to make a game,” he told OXM.
“The last technology iteration caught folks by surprise – especially the number of people you needed and the skillset jump to do the work that people expected. In the last generation the perception was that it was going to be a ten times improvement over the previous generation.”
He also said that there will be a lot of optimization and budget increases will make massive leap in specs impossible.
“For the next generation there will be quite a big leap, but it won’t be as obvious,” he revealed.
“People will do things in a cleverer fashion – and I have to be careful here as there are non-disclosure agreements involved! I think they’ll be better prepared, shall we say – but we can’t see a ten-fold team increase again as the budgets would just be ridiculous. You’d have to sell 20-30 million copies before you broke even.”
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