Tim Sweeney talks about the benefits of Unreal Engine 4 and what the next gen holds.
First Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli and now Epic Games founder Time Sweeney have more confirmed the same: the next generation of consoles will be little more than what we currently see on high-end PCs of today, further giving credence to rumours surrounding the specifications of the PS4 and next Xbox.
Speaking to Edge, Sweeney stated that, “We’re more enthusiastic now than ever about the future of high-end platforms. What we’re doing on high-end PCs is going to be representative of the future consumer gaming experience and it’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be a substantial leap over the current generation.”
Sweeney also played up Unreal Engine 4’s ease of development, stating that indie developers will also have a relatively easy time constructing a game using its tool set.
“[UE4] improves art production, content creation, iteration between programmers and artists… One artist working for six months can build a game with Unreal Engine 4 without actually programming anything and ship it, something on the scale of Angry Birds.
“And when you get to digital distribution and new methods of monetisation that don’t require paying huge amounts of money upfront, you have this huge potential to reinvent the game industry.”
The “substantial leap” of the next generation is still to be witnessed, since Microsoft is counting down to E3 and Sony is waiting to show us the future on February 20th.