In this video of a recent panel from the IGDA's San Diego chapter, put together through the hard work of Rockstar San Diego and High Moon Studios, a panel of writers from Play, OXM, PSM, OPM, EGM, and Game Developer discuss next-gen means to journalists - of key importance to developers, as they are the conduit through which information about games often flows. Moderated by CMP's own Game Developer Magazine features editor Brandon Sheffield, the March 29 panel also brought together Play Magazine editor in chief Dave Halverson, Official Xbox Magazine EIC Francesca Reyes, PSM deputy editor-in-chief Kaiser Hwang (at the time - he has since left), writer Paul Semel from Maxim and other mens magazines, as well as GamePro and EGM, and Spike TV Game Head host Geoff Keighley.As the IGDA says, the panel asks, "The next generation of interactive entertainment is here! Or is it? Is next gen about technology, such as HDR, 1080p, or open worlds? Is it defined by unique interfaces, rich art, or … [Read more...] about IGDA Video: What Makes A Next-Gen Game?
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The arrival of next-gen consoles could well prove to be a double-edged sword for PC owners used to enjoying the best gameplay experience. On the one hand, it's extremely good news: developers no longer need to create engines for multiple hardware types with little common ground - console and PC development will all be based on x86 computer architecture. By extension, the need to use brute-force processing power to overcome unoptimised PC ports will hopefully become less of an issue, leaving gamers to enjoy the more positive aspects of the platform - upgrading, customising, shaping the experience towards their own requirements. On the flipside, PlayStation 4 in particular offers a substantial challenge to the PC as the top-end gaming platform - a state of affairs that may surprise many. Sony's new console has often been described as a mid-range gaming PC in terms of its overall technological make-up. Rip apart the various components and the claims have some merit, but with the … [Read more...] about Future-proofing your PC for next-gen gaming
CD Projekt RED delayed the release of its highly-anticipated The Witcher: Wild Hunt due to the myriad of unpolished next-gen games hitting the market. Speaking to financial journalists in Poland, CDP president and board member Adam Kiciński elaborated on the game’s delay announcement from earlier in the week, reiterating the game needed more polish and to release it in its current state would be unacceptable. “There’s a lot of small errors because the game is huge,” he said. “It’s the only reason behind the delay. We didn’t assume it will be this big. Only after putting all the pieces together it turned out it’s bigger than the two first put together. “Let me remind you: it’s open and not linear. We are just learning how to play it and we have to catch the little pieces. We know what to do, we just have to do it. “We don’t want to release the game with bugs that undermine the gameplay.”Kiciński also … [Read more...] about The Witcher 3 delayed because the ‘market is afraid of badly polished next-gen games’
Silicon Knights has only delivered two games over the course of this console generation. The first, Too Human, has long been overshadowed by the legal battle it prompted between Silicon Knights and Epic Games over the Unreal Engine. The less said about the second game, X-Men: Destiny, the better.Now, the industry is beginning to transition to the next generation of consoles, and that includes Silicon Knights. While the developer looks forward to its May 14th court date, Silicon Knights’ Dennis Dyack promises that fans have something to look forward to, too — a new, next-gen game based on the studio’s “most requested” intellectual property.Despite a career that dates all the way back to the early nineties, and includes such high-profile projects as Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes for Nintendo’s GameCube, talking about the glories of Silicon Knights invariably leads to two games: Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain and Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s … [Read more...] about Silicon Knights’ Next-Gen Game Is Based On ‘Most Requested’ IP
For a next-gen unveiling, Sony’s PS4 event was chalked full exciting announcements. From the reveal of the PS4’s system specs, to the new video sharing feature, to the exciting new games, there was a lot to take in.However, one element that was not discussed at all during the event — besides the unveiling of the console itself — was price. For as much as the PS4 has us excited about next-gen, we’re still cautiously optimistic about the price.Not just about the price of the console, though, but on the games as well. Next-gen development has got to be a more expensive proposition, and so prices on retail games could go up.While we have no official confirmation from any next-gen publishers or developers, Electronic Arts‘ CFO Blake Jorgensen has given gamers some idea of what they can expect. Speaking at a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, Jorgensen mentioned that gamers should anticipate pricing trends that reflect what occurred … [Read more...] about EA Talks Prices for Next-Gen Games; Will New Games be $69?
Time to start the PS4 rumors again, reports are coming in that Naughty Dog is looking for a character artist to make next gen games with “1,000,000 polygon character models”.According to a job listing on Naughty Dog’s website, the character artist will “be responsible for making million poly models game ready, and support highest-res characters for renderings.” The job listing also makes mention of next gen games, leading to the speculation that Naughty Dog is working on a title for the oft-rumored PS4.‘Next gen’, however, means a lot of things. Some people still call this generation of consoles the next gen while others refer to the next iteration of consoles as such. It’s hard to tell which definition Naughty Dog is using, however as the job listing’s requirement is “prior professional experience with normal map extraction of human models for next-gen games”, it’d probably be the former.What does stand … [Read more...] about Naughty Dog Reportedly Crafting Next Gen Game With ‘1,000,000 Polygon Character Models’
Microsoft has not been shy about using the term "next-gen" to describe its games and experiences for the Xbox One, but what exactly does it mean? Speaking with GameSpot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the term is multifaceted and at times difficult to convey. "I think it's multiple things. Graphic fidelity is clearly going to be one of those...and I think graphic fidelity is always going to be at the top of what gamers think about," Spencer said. "But more and more you're seeing connected games. Titanfall is a great example, even [Forza 5] was a great example. And other briefings had similar functionality." "The mix of exactly what makes a new generation game is now more faceted than it used to be because there's just more capabilities in the platform," he added. "Visual fidelity continues to excel here, but you actually just have a lot more capability in the hands of the creator, and you're seeing that show up." Spencer explained that next-gen even extends beyond visuals and … [Read more...] about Microsoft on what defines a next-gen game
Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment is hiring for what it's calling a "unique next-gen game." A job listing for Level Designer will involve “planning and populating missions/quests, scripted sequences, encounters, challenges and rewards,” suggesting that the title will contain some RPG elements. The listing says that the suitable candidate will be "proficient" with a modern game engine, listing Unreal Engine 3, CryEngine 3, and Source as examples. Another listing, for a UI/User Experience Artist, lists "previous experience on mobile or browser based Flash applications or games" as one of its pluses. Studio CEO Feargus Urquhart has said the developer would "love" to make sequel to Fallout: New Vegas, and that if such a thing were to happen that the game could be set in Los Angeles. Obsidian's next title, South Park: The Stick of Truth, will be released by Ubisoft in 2013. The studio also recently raised $3,986,929 via Kickstarter for its … [Read more...] about Fallout: New Vegas dev hiring for ‘unique next-gen game’
Infinity Blade III may be a mobile game, but its developer, Chair Entertainment, says it is a true console-quality title. Speaking with GameSpot today, co-founder and creative director Donald Mustard said he is unfazed by the next generation of consoles because he believes mobile is the future. "We think that Infinity Blade III is a console-quality experience," Mustard said. "And to me, it's truly a next-gen gaming experience. It's like, forget the next consoles, this is the future of gaming. This kind of combination of really, really refined deep gameplay with beautiful graphics on a device that's with me all the time." Mustard said that after watching his own children's media consumption, he believes that the power of all-in-one devices like the iPhone may prove troublesome for traditional consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. "It's already this powerful console in my pocket all the time. And as I look at my own children growing up, they spend more and more of their … [Read more...] about Infinity Blade III is “truly a next-gen gaming experience,” says dev
Today, Ubisoft became the latest publisher to announce games for the next generation of consoles. As part of its massive lineup for its 2005-2006 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, the France-based publisher announced it would release "four [titles] for the new next-generation console from Microsoft." While the body of the announcement only singled out Killing Day (working title), an "FPS specifically designed for next-generation consoles" due in Ubisoft's fourth financial quarter (January-March 2006), a lengthy release schedule underneath it listed three other next-generation titles: Ghost Recon 3, Splinter Cell 4, and the game adaptation of The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong. None of the four games were specifically linked to any one console. Interestingly, Ubisoft's schedule lists two of its next-gen games as coming by the end of the year. The next-generation versions of Ghost Recon 3 (also being released for the PC, Xbox, GameCube, and … [Read more...] about Ubisoft’s massive ’05-’06 lineup sports next-gen games