Infinity Ward: "You Can Always Take A Console Further"
With rumors concerning the next generation of consoles circulating, most gamers - and most developers - don't really want to think about it. Just ask Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling.
In a NowGamer interview, Bowling said there's "plenty of life left in the current crop of consoles," and Infinity Ward has no intention of looking forward to new hardware technology. And in all honesty, we certainly agree. There's just so much that can be done; we don't believe that something like Uncharted 2 is the best we'll ever see; designers haven't yet tapped into all the power that's available to them. Said Bowling:
"I think you can always take a console further. It’s all about hitting that glass ceiling but then finding ways to break through it. When we finished Call Of Duty 4, when we were done with it, we thought we’d hit that glass ceiling, but then, as you can see with Modern Warfare 2, we've found ways around it. We introduced texture streaming which allows you to do this and that opens up more doors, so we may not know it yet, but there is definitely much more you could do [with the current generation]."
Heck, even Naughty Dog said they could optimize their game engine still further if they wanted to do Uncharted 3 (and they had damn well better), and we're relatively convinced that Modern Warfare 2 will indeed represent a significant upgrade over the original title. Bowling says the biggest issue developers face is space and "if you can beat that, you're in good shape." Any good developer will tell you there's still a lot left to learn - perhaps especially in regards to the PlayStation 3 - so no, we're not all that interested in seeing a new generation of consoles, either. Just keep advancing with what we already have, please.
10/23/2009 11:00:12 AM Ben Dutka