It’s not even a week past E3 and we have rumours about what is likely to appear at next years expo. VideoGamer.com reports, via a “high-ranking industry source at Crytek”, that new consoles and TimeSplitters 4 will be revealed at E3. Our bet is that we wont be seeing this until at least 2013. Read on to find out a little bit more. After rumours earlier in the year of a new Xbox in EA’s hands and the Playstation 4 confirmed by Masaru Kato.
Videogamer.com claim that “Crytek is using Microsoft’s DirectX 11 as the current basis for next-generation development.” which will feature “tessellation, multithreaded rendering, and compute shaders”. Quite an advancement from current technology.
Videogamer.com’s source claims that the new models will be announced “within the next 12 months”. Furthermore, the Microsoft system is rumoured to be revealed before the Sony system. However, TimeSplitters 4 is apparently in development for both new consoles.
Microsoft and Crytek have both refused to comment, the usual “we wont comment on rumour and speculation”, reply.
Enough of what may be happening, VideoGamer.com also found out a little about TimeSplitters 4 from the source: “branching paths and exploratory nature, with sandbox-style gameplay elements” would be the order of the day.
It’s all a bit of a muddle from where I’m sat. With the recent announcement of key Xbox 360 games like Halo 4 and the release of titles like Gears Of War 3 so close to a prospected 2012 reveal seems like Microsoft are missing an opportunity. However, the source is clear it would be announced in 12 months, not launched; leading us to believe a launch date of 2013 would be the very earliest.
Videogamer.com’s original article is here.