Volition's Red Faction: Guerilla Maxes Out Xbox 360
I think we all understand that developers have a ways to go before they fully push the PlayStation 3's immense capabilities, but there has always been some question as to how much further designers can push Microsoft's Xbox 360, which is less powerful on paper. Well, Volition claims they've already "maxed out" the 360, and they're actually looking forward to the Xbox 720.
In a recent interview with GamePlayer, Volition's Rick White spoke at length about developing their new project, Red Faction: Guerilla for the Xbox 360. Here was White's response to the question, "so you're saying that RFG is pushing the hardware as far as it can go? Squeezing every drop of juice out of the Xbox 360?":
"Yeah, we've got it to the point where we can't even put an extra vehicle into a world, because it'll blow the memory. Every little change we make we have to be hyper-critical about it because it could just bring the whole system down. We evaluate every little change in the game, and then we run our tools on it to make sure it isn't going to break the game and then we move forward, so it really is about pushing the engine as far as we can, and pushing the hardware as far as we can, and then looking at what is the next set of hardware thats going to come out. Where can we take it then? You know were already thinking about if we had XYZ X number of years from now, what would we do with our engine?"
Of course, this makes everyone wonder: if they're maxing out the 360 now, will more developers turn to the PS3 or simply wait for the next 360? The latter solution doesn't really make much sense - businesses exist to make money now; not later - and we're already starting to see evidence of the PS3's hardware superiority with games like MGS4 and the upcoming Killzone 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and Gran Turismo 5. If you want to read the entire interview, feel free (some good stuff there), but the biggest news is right here. Let the debate begin...
Related Game(s): Red Faction: Guerilla
1/2/2009 Ben Dutka