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Alan Wake Dev: New Consoles Are A "Quantum Leap" Forward

A lot of developers are working on next-gen projects right now, as indicated by multiple job listings and every now and then, the developers themselves.

The most recent studio to reveal they're working on something for new hardware is Alan Wake designer Remedy Entertainment. In speaking to the German branch of GamesIndustry International (and as translated at GameSpot), Remedy head of franchise development Oskari Häkkinen said the new machines will indeed be much more powerful.

"Right now we're working as always with a relatively small team on a next generation project. You always ask yourself: Can the new consoles really be that much better than the old ones? Be assured: They are. It is a quantum leap forward."

There's no knowing if he's talking about the new PlayStation or Xbox (or both), but he did use the phrase "they are," so you have to assume he's referring to both. Then again, translations can be wonky. We're just hoping Remedy decides to bring Alan Wake into the next generation; it was only available on the 360 this generation but it was well worth playing. Still one of the better stories told in the past five or six years.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, xbox 720, next generation, next gen consoles

8/24/2012 10:23:08 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

TheAgingHipster
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:41:41 AM
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As much as I love my PS3, and as much as I believe that more power can be coaxed out of its innards, I must confess that I'm totally excited about the next generation of consoles. I'm imagining Uncharted 4 with improved graphics (though I have no idea how they'll make it any better), and it makes the five year old in me giggle.

BTW, Alan Wake is on PC as well. And yes, it's a freaking great story.

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Beamboom
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 1:30:57 PM

Yup! The ps3-lemon is squeezed enough now. Time to grab a new, juicy citrus fruit! :)


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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 2:10:22 PM

The PS3 was a lemon?

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Beamboom
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 2:23:49 PM

Lemonade, the most tasty drink there is!

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Clamedeus
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 4:25:42 PM

I'm a big fan of lemonade! I love it. :D

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Cuetes
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 5:14:55 PM

It's about time someone agreed with me, bring on the new consoles!

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Lemon_Saint
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:16:46 PM

Just thought I'd pop into this one quick ....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 10:56:11 AM
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Maybe Remedy learned their lesson via sales in that Xbox gamers don't care about good stories. Then again it just wouldn't be Microsoft to let them develop for anybody else.

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ART359
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:07:29 AM
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Alan Wake is the ONLY Xbox 360 game I have. I really enjoyed it. I hope it comes to the next generation Playstation. Friends, we all know that for a great story, Playstation is the way to go. Is it true that the majority of Xbox 360 focus solely on multiplayer FPS?

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SirLoin of Beef
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:25:14 AM

"Is it true that the majority of Xbox 360 focus solely on multiplayer FPS?"

I can't say it's true/false for the majority of 360 players, but in the little slice of XBL live I and my friends live in, we're a pretty diverse group. I play mainly RPGs and games like the AC series. A good number like the sports games while others enjoy both TPS and FPS.

I like a good FPS, too, but that usually isn't my game type of choice when I have one to make.

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Beamboom
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 1:33:30 PM

Of course they are a diverse crowd too. Don't bother listen to the haters or fanboys on either side.

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xenris
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:25:21 AM
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Alan wake is on the PC now for super cheap on steam. If anyone has a decent computer, it is indeed a pretty awesome game.

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Temjin001
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 11:32:21 AM

Mirror's Edge is $5 too. But that's like $5 every other month, so no big deal haha

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xenris
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 1:55:19 PM

Yeah, I see mirrors edge on sale what feels like every other week >.< If it had more replay value I would pick it up.

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chilker
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 1:59:25 PM

Mirror's Edge was awesome! I'll have to check out Alan Wake, too!

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Beamboom
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 12:22:25 PM
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I *knew* it... Just KNEW it!
I knew the next consoles would not cater more towards the casual gamers, or be no real leap forward or whatnot.

Can't wait. This will be friggin' GREAT! This will mean Crysis-3-on-max-settings type of great. This means Skyrim-engine-on-full-effect kinda great. Time to kick that seven year old box out of the livingroom, time for an upgrade!


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Temjin001
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 1:03:35 PM

do you consider yourself a super hero now that you've proven your psychic powers?

=p

and hey, i'd hope this-gen games on full settings isnt what he had in mind when he stated "quantum" ;)

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Beamboom
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 1:27:58 PM

Hush you - stay off my enthusiasm! ;)


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Temjin001
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 3:24:30 PM

Ha, no, no, Beamboom, I see your excitement conjizzled (thank you, revengeance) your reading. My statement following my question should have you even MORE excited. Here you were gonna be all fine and dandy with Crysis 3 on max settings, but maybe by what he meant by quantum he meant (brace yourself) like melt your brain and quit "life goals" type quantum leap.

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Temjin001
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 6:24:40 PM

http://david-mason.deviantart.com/#/d5ces8r

Check out the new screen I added. This is from Nvidia's "New Dawn" demo. This isn't a game, or nothing. Just a tech demo that showcases the real time power of current high end gpu's. I would imagine we'll be seeing detail ballpark to this. Pretty cool, eh? You can see individual hair fuzz on her face and stuff. And check out the detail of her eye sclera.

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Beamboom
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 2:34:38 AM

Yeah I've seen that nVidia video, her head consist of many, many thousand individually animated hairs. It's crazy.

But from a practical perspective I've never been too impressed by those kind of demos, simply cause that level of graphics traditionally forces a very restricted, linear gameplay, something that I just can't stand.

But I love games like Crysis and GTA. And I heard the other day that a maxed out Crysis 2 on PC looked *better* than RAGE. Better than RAGE!?
And that, coupled with the latest Crysis 3 video clip that claimed to be realtime rendering, well that is just so insanely more than enough, visually, for me as a starting point for the next gen consoles.

That, and it really bugs me how they had to nerf Skyrim to squeeze it into the PS3. I don't want that to happen to Fallout 4 as well.

Damn how psyched I am for new hardware now. I am dying here I am sitting. Dying, I say!


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___________
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 7:32:00 AM

thats not exactly surprising dude, RAGE is one of the worst looking games out there!
crysis 2 with the right mods installed is pretty much the best looking game out there!
especially if you can run the crysis revival mod, oh my f*cking lord that was beautiful!
made the original crysis look like a snes game!
makes me cry that my 4500 dollar gaming laptop cant play it!
:(
curse you nvidia, and your anciently long driver development times!!!!!!!!!
the 680Ms have been out for 3 f*cking months now and they STILL have not released a proper driver for them!
no wonder sleeping dogs is struggling to get above 20FPS!

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Beamboom
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 8:08:45 AM

"RAGE is one of the worst looking games out there" - lol you are insane but I luv ya.

You must be a fun character to meet in a MMORPG, team up with and go somewhere out in the wilderness with a backpack full of medkits and ammo to seek fortune and phat lewt.

The stuff that goes on in your head would add so much to what actually happens on screen :D (and I mean that in the most lighthearted way possible)

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Temjin001
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 11:30:29 AM

I can speak from experience, Rage doesn't come close to Crysis 2 on PC, at least technically. Rage is great because of how artistically crafted it all is. It doesn't look realistic, as in photo realistic, just really detailed. It's art direction and fusion of technical solvency is among the best of them.

Crysis 2, on the other hand, tries much harder to emulate reality, more like cinematic sfx reality, but still very realistic. There are effects, like tone mapping, which mimics the light properties of "radiance," where as light rays hit an object and bounce off they carry now a bit of the hue of the object they bounced from. In games today it's smoke and mirrors with it being faked, but the fact that Crytek tries to represent these very lifelike elements creates for a strikingly real experience. There's a whole lot of this stuff that the Cryengine does that makes it technological feast of brain melting goodness.

Anyway, while Rage on PC doesn't have the realism of Crysis 2, it one ultra fine looking game. I just love that that the crappy texture grow in issues from console are virtually non-existent. It's great! And I only had to wait 7 months to play it on a PC that didn't crash every time.. hehe

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Temjin001
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 12:37:59 PM

I just added a Rage screen grab to my deviant gallery. Just go back to that link I posted earlier in the disucusion and return to gallery and you should see it as newly added. Anyway. Looks great, eh?

(I'm not very far in the game. Half the time I just load these and run around for 15min, oogle, then call it good for a day haha)

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Beamboom
Sunday, August 26, 2012 @ 3:06:27 AM

Well in my eyes that only goes to further prove how we really need a console upgrade now. Cause from my non-technical perspective, RAGE looks better than Crysis 2 on the ps3. I think Rage looks better than anything else I've seen on the PS3, even.


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homura
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 7:35:59 PM
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"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that [developers] want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?" explained Hirai.

It's from a 2009 interview about the ps3, ps3 is seven years old, so 2 more years to go. Hehe.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/hirai-were-the-official-industry-leader

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 7:47:15 PM
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Ya know, he doesn't say anything about the graphics. He could be talking specs.

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Beamboom
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 2:38:45 AM

Specs are not unrelated to graphics?

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homura
Friday, August 24, 2012 @ 9:38:51 PM
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would it be nice if the ps4 can do for example, an rpg game and the water spells that looks better than the water graphics of uncharted and you can cast it in your enemy and enclose them in a water ball and then cast frozen then the water ball that encloses your opponent will freeze and then break it, and cast a quicksand that looks better than the sand graphics also from uncharted. Also if you noticed the picture of Fang and Vanille in Oerba in XIII, it will be cool if that picture is perfectly clear and the babes from playboy magazine in MGS4 is also perfectly clear when you read it.

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___________
Saturday, August 25, 2012 @ 7:35:36 AM
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i SO hope they are!
im worried about just 1 thing though.
current generation games were hurt by such amazing technology.
developers this gen have been concerned by only 1 thing.
graphics!
f*ck how fun the game is!
f*ck how good the gameplay is!
f*ck the story.
f*ck the controls.
ect, ect.
all they care about is michael bay big explosions!
so, what im worried about is next gen will be even worse!
given more power, im wondering if it will help the problem or make it worse.
im a graphics whore as much as the next guy, but its come to a point where its getting way out of hand!
games need to be fun to play first, THAN look good!
not the other way around!
just wish developers would understand and remember that...........

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