Just last week, we reported that Crytek was expecting the Next Xbox or Playstation 4 in 2012, less than twelve months from now. The studio swiftly denied the rumor, which only stoked the flames of speculation further. However, Just Cause developers Avalanche Studios have moved to back up Crytek's denial, revealing they're "pretty sure" the next-generation of consoles will arrive in 2014.
"We obviously talk to everybody, and everybody talks to us," explains David Grijns, the new managing director of Avalanche's New York outlet, only just set up last week for the express purpose of next-gen development. "We have some intelligence to go on that, by early 2014, we're pretty sure there'll be at least one next-generation console on the market".
However, Grijns didn't go so far as to confirm he's fully aware of Microsoft and Sony's plans. "Anyone who says they know what the market is going to look like three years from now is just blowing smoke," he said. "Whatever happens, we feel very confident that we'll be ready for it". And despite creating beautiful in-house tech for the likes of Just Cause 2 - which is staggeringly beautiful - Avalanche isn't simply focused on visual enhancements for the next-generation.
"I don't think the industry needs better-looking games," reveals their co-founder, Christofer Sundberg. "I think it needs better games". Sundberg went on to explain that developers must find "new ways of designing games", rather than simply harping on about textures and lighting solutions. It's an interesting opinion, echoed by certain other next-gen commentators who claim the next-generation won't be defined by better tech but better ideas. And with the likes of Kinect, PS Move and Wii U on the horizon, I wouldn't be surprised if they're right. [Next Gen]