Crytek Would Like Next-Gen Consoles By 2013
Analysts have predicted that the current console generation will enjoy a decade-long lifespan, but Crytek have a very different outlook on the situation. Speaking with CVG, Crytek CEO Cervat Yerli has bemoaned the fact that the Xbox 360 and PS3 are cramping their style in terms of capability and graphical output.
For some reason my gut feeling is still that we'll see a new [console] generation in 2012, 2013. Factually spoken, it looks like I'm going be wrong, but my gut feeling is that there's going to be a new one because it's really getting old and tight in this space.
A new Playstation might be a tall order within three years, but there's every possibility that the Xbox 360 may need a successor before 2013. Crysis 2's performance should be a good indicator of whether we need a new generation when it releases this March. [CVG]
Future Bethesda Games Will Use Skyrim Engine
Bethesda has confirmed to VG247 that the proprietary Skyrim engine will replace Gamebryo for all future Bethesda RPGs. Which basically means Fallout 4 if you read between the lines. When asked about future projects in a telephone interview, PR guru Peter Hines made the following statement:
Yeah, I mean obviously, whatever Bethesda Game Studios works on after Skyrim will take advantage of the tech that they have developed.
But what that next product is or what it’s going to be? Everybody’s gonna have to wait and see. Right now, it’s been used for Skyrim and that’s what our focus is on. We aren’t saying what they’re going to work on next.
The venerable Gamebryo engine (licensed by Bethesda) has brought us many of the best RPGs to have released this generation... but I doubt that anyone will be sad to see it go. We loved the games, but it's difficult to forgive the numerous glitches, bugs and sheer game-killing aggravation that Gamebryo brought along with it. [VG247]
Black Ops Patched To v1.06 On PS3
Activision and Treyarch are currently in a lot of hot water over Call Of Duty: Black Ops' PS3 performance, which has even riled up consumer group Gamers' Voice into seeking a government investigation against the game. Luckily, Treyarch have now released another patch that promises to clear up a fair few of these issues.
You can read the entire remit of Version 1.06 over at the official forums, but fixes include "[removing] freeze associated with larger games," "improved reliability of player connections" and numerous smaller gameplay tweaks. We hope that this will go a long way towards easing the pain. [CoD Forums]
Has Version 1.06 finally done the business? Or do you still have more problems to report? Let us know in the comments!
UKIE: UK Piracy Outweighs Retail 4 To 1
British Publishing body UKIE have announced that, according to their figures, four games are being pirated for every title bought at retail. After a BBC report suggested that piracy was responsible for lost sales of £1.45 billion in 2010, UKIE's Michael Rawlinson suggested that this figure was a "conservative estimate"... but doesn't necessarily represent a loss to the industry.
UKIE have commissioned a full report, and we'll keep you posted.