Crytek Looking Forward To PS4
When developers look ahead to the future, that's probably a good thing. Heck, it's essential. But sometimes, you just have to wonder...are they looking too far ahead? There is something to be said for the here and now, ya know.
For quite some time now, we've been hearing rumors that developer Crytek will issue a game for the PlayStation 3. Whether or not it's Crysis has yet to be resolved (although Crytek has repeatedly said it's not), and everything remains clouded in a very mysterious haze. Perhaps that's because the team's forward-thinking has pushed them beyond this generation already. During yesterday's GC Asia keynote address, Crytek CEO Yevat Cerli talked about how important the next generation of consoles will be - he mentioned a "renaissance in gaming graphics" - and then specifically mentioned the PlayStation 4. Here's what he had to say about it:
"...frankly, we are linking ourself to what the PS4 will take up as [its hardware] position; that is the console makeup that will drive all our research, so we cannot wait to know what the [machine] will be about. That's probably the most important missing information we have right now in our company."
If you're wondering about graphical renaissance, Yerli believes the games in the next generation will, according to IGN, "mix and match between different graphics technologies, whether that be ray tracing, ray casting, point-based rendering, voxel-based approaches or something else." Yerli also believes that in only five years time, the gameplay will look just like all that pretty offline CGI we see today. Now, this is all very well and good, but what about the PS3? You know, the machine that just launched less than two years ago? The console Sony insists has a 10-year lifespan? How's about working on a PS3 game rather than focusing so heavily on the freakin' PS4? Not that we're impatient individuals, but this may be the first time we've ever heard the PS4 mentioned during a developer speech, and we have to say...it's a little premature. Don't you think?
9/22/2008 Ben Dutka