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Are Most Major Developers Working On Next-Gen Projects Now?

We've seen the evidence everywhere.

We've heard developers and publishers talk about it, and we've seen multiple job listings for just about every major game maker cite next-gen projects. So is it now safe to assume that most significant developers are currently cranking away on games for the next generation?

What follows that interesting question is another one: Do they all have development kits for both new major machines (from Sony and Microsoft respectively)? Or do they only have one? And if they only have one, which is it? Maybe they don't have any at all; maybe the designers are just being proactive and preparing early. Sometimes, one has to wonder if big games that have mysteriously fallen off the radar (Grand Theft Auto V topping the list) are now being made for a new set of hardware. That's more than possible, I think.

The last question that comes to mind is this: If developers are indeed shifting some focus to the future, does that mean there's less of a focus on this generation? Does that mean the number of available titles will start declining? Well, 2012 has certainly seen a drop-off in the number of new games for all current platforms, so maybe that's yet another indicator of the inevitable future.

Tags: next generation, next gen, next gen consoles, gaming industry

8/1/2012 8:56:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:40:17 PM

Yeah one would think. Meanwhile Square-Enix still haven't finished one project for the PS3. FFXIII doesn't count because apparently the series is still going, not finished.

Sorry I can't help but continue to bash SE.

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 11:10:29 PM

I agree with you. Square used to be one of the great game developers. But with all the stupid decisions they made this gem (FFXIII going to 360, abandoning the core fans, not getting VS done, etc) its hard not to bash them, especially since they fused with Enix. They need major restructuring in the company and regain focus. And #1 on that list kick Wada and those like him out!!!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 11:13:02 PM

To be fair, they deserve all the bashing they get. They've been a complete non-factor in the console market this generation when it comes to their internal studios. The only thing keeping the company afloat IMO has been the portable market and their developers outside of Japan.

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Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 12:49:03 AM

One would be speculate some developers would working on next generation titles; and if not in production yet, at least building out their frameworks and locking down technical specifications for their gaming engines and graphical assets.

Assuming most developers will be developing games on high-end PC workstation, they can test out their cutting edge engines and gaming environments on the best hardware now, and then worry how to reference this to new Sony and M$ platforms.

So yes, some work is going on for the "next gen" revolution, even though, as stated before, don't think its necessary at the moment.



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Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 5:12:15 AM

I hope they are! Would be great if we from day one can enjoy top quality productions.

I've made room for my PS4. Come to daddy. All that's missing is that it becomes available. Crossing fingers and toes that it happens already in 2013!

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Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 5:40:36 AM

pretty obvious next gen systems are coming next year!
first off all the rumours, leaked spec sheets, developer job listings, ect, ect.
secondly there has been a MASSIVE decline in both the quantity and quality of games this year!
whys that?
because developers are shifting their efforts and staff to next gen so current titles have lower resources.
last year we had so many GOTY contenders release within the first 4 months of the year!
so far this year were in freaking august for crying out loud, twice that of last year!
and were STILL yet to see a single game worthy of the GOTY crown!
how pathetic!

exactly why i fussed over my new PC so much, i know next gen titles will be out next year and i want to make sure i will be able to enjoy them in all their glory!
its just a shame its taken this long, next gen systems should be out be the end of the year!
not to mention a new rumour spread today saying there were actually a few developers prepared to show off next gen games at E3 this year.
hmmmmmm, would of been interesting to see what they would of shown!

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Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 8:57:50 AM

Little doubt in my mind developers are making next- and current-gen versions of their next major releases. I won't be surprised at all if we see versions of Watchdogs, Star Wars 1313, Grand Theft Auto V, etc. that run on both PS3/360 and, in superior form, their successors.

DEFINITELY starting to get excited at what the next gen consoles might look like.

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