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DICE: 'We Are Desperate To Move On' To Next-Gen Consoles

Matt Gardner
Battlefield 3, CVG, Games consoles, News, Next-gen, Patrick Bach
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DICE: 'We Are Desperate To Move On' To Next-Gen Consoles
DICE's Patrick Bach has admitted to CVG that he's 'desperate' for hardware manufacturers to push forward next-gen consoles. According to Bach, Battlefield 3 will push the X360 and PS3 'to the absolute limit'.

'I don't know what the big corporations are thinking but definitely we are desperate to move on into the next generation,' said Bach. 'I think Battlefield 3 will look like a next-generation game and all the technology we're building, the whole Frostbite 2 system - the animations, audio, everything - is trying to aim for a couple of years in the future, rather than looking at what we have today.

'We are already there. If [Microsoft or Sony] were to release a new console tomorrow, the engine would scale onto that platform, because we have been looking at not only the PC technology today but also speculating what will happen tomorrow when it comes to these things. So everything from our streaming technologies [to] rendering technologies is scalable onto future platforms.'

With Epic calling for a jump too, it might not be long before we see one the big three stepping up to the plate. Not everyone thinks it would be such a good idea, though. In our interview with Valve writer Chet Faliszek, the Portal scribe told us that he felt quite often the jump happens far too early:

'You know, I’ve always felt that there’s a certain point in a console’s life cycle where people hit the sweet spot and get really good at making games for that console, but that quite often we make the jump too early. I’d say we should stick on these for a little while. There are some really, really good games coming out so I’m all for playing those for a while at least.'

What do you think? Have we just hit this generation's sweet spot, or should we be looking to jump ship? Hit us with your thoughts in the comments below.

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goity  Apr. 13, 2011 at 19:03

I don't think we're there yet. We need to be at the point where riskier, more inventive games start to be made because development becomes so easy for the main publishers. We also need another FF.

Blizz  Apr. 13, 2011 at 20:26

I'm thinking November 2013 is now the most likely point for next-gen consoles. Console sales are still very high at this point and MS and Sony aren't going to go throwing cash into large-scale launches yet. There's simply no need with a constant flow of sales (especially with Move and Kinect "prolonging" their life).

Travis Touchdown  Apr. 13, 2011 at 20:38

I'm desperate for them to stop daydreaming, shut up and build a mirrors edge prequel - rooftop couriering with a lit less shooting.

Jamie  Apr. 13, 2011 at 20:43

No not just yet, I've only had my PS3 for just over a year. xD

Adebisi  Apr. 13, 2011 at 23:17

PC gamers are being screwed over by the bottlenecking of this old technology - so yes lets move on!

Matt Gardner  Apr. 13, 2011 at 23:49

Yep, I'd play that. They took a risk with Mirror's Edge and no, it didn't quite work completely, but frankly it deserves another shot. Assassin's Creed was a far from perfect game, but the second attempt was an absolute stunner.

We've reached a safe zone for development, triple-A has become formulaic. But the potential for stagnation is not coming as a result of an impending generation jump (or lack thereof), but rather a lack of risk taking at the highest levels. Goity's hit it on the head.

Gunn  Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:07

The last few generations I've always missed out on the amazing games that come out right at the end of a consoles lifespan, usually the shinier new one grabs all the attention. It certainly doesn't feel like we are there, but I am shocked its now 4 years since I got my PS3.

Andrew  Apr. 14, 2011 at 11:50

5 1/2 years ago the 360 was released, eek!

Phil  Apr. 14, 2011 at 13:00

Very true. So few games really push PC tech anymore. Heck I have a two year old budget gaming PC and its still plays everything well at middle graphics settings.

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