What Next-Gen Gameplay Improvement Do You Most Want?
With new hardware comes more power. With more power comes expanded opportunities for game developers.
A better technical presentation the whole way 'round goes without saying, but what do you want to see from a gameplay perspective? What improvement(s) do you expect to see in the new generation of interactive entertainment?
Are you anticipating greatly improved artificial intelligence? That's often hit or miss depending on the developer these days, but greater hardware capacity could mean a much stiffer AI challenge. The more realistic a virtual foe is, the more difficult it will be. But maybe you want better physics in general. Perhaps you're looking for that truly realistic feel when moving your character around. You want him or her to interact accurately and faithfully with the environment, and you want the environment to respond accordingly. We've already heard teams like Ready at Dawn (The Order: 1886) talk about this.
Then again, maybe you're looking forward to the biggest virtual worlds ever seen. And it's not so much the size of these worlds that entices you, but the dynamic level of authenticity we'll see. Everything should seem more alive and more immersive than ever before. All of this, however, is very technical. For me, I want to see more steps taken in the artistic realms. I want to see vastly improved writing and character development; I want thrilling, dramatic adventures that affect me emotionally. The days of satisfaction gleaned from taxed reflexes are gone. ;)
How about you?
9/3/2013 9:46:01 PM Ben Dutka