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Tim Sweeney Q&A - Epic's Console Engine

The Tim Sweeney, Part 3 on TG Daily (thanks BeyondUnreal) concludes this multi-part Q&A with the Epic CEO. This installment looks at the future of the Unreal engine, discussing plans for version 3.5 and 4.0 of engine, further confirming the dominance of console considerations at this point, saying:

The Unreal engine is really tied to a console cycle. We will continue to improve Unreal Engine 3 and add significant new features through the end of this console cycle. So, it is normal to expect that we will add new stuff in 2011 and 2012. We're shipping Gears of War now; we're just showing the next bunch of major tech upgrades such as soft-body physics, destructible environments and crowds. There is a long life ahead for Unreal Engine 3. Version 4 will exclusively target the next console generation, Microsoft's successor for the Xbox 360, Sony's successor for the Playstation 3 - and if Nintendo ships a machine with similar hardware specs, then that also. PCs will follow after that.

Also, we continuously work on transitions, when we go through large portions of the engine. We completely throw out parts and create large subsystems from the ground up, while we are reusing some things that are still valid.

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20. Don't take any notice Mar 13, 2008, 21:03 UnderLord
 
Tim is just wrong!
Do you seriously think that the hardware manufacturers are going to work hard on the next generation console CPUs and Graphics, selling nothing to the PC gaming market in the meantime, and then have a selling-price fight with console makers who have to pay the whole development costs of the intervening 5 years or so?
Bollocks!
The hardware guys NEED the PC market, they don't have any option, consequently the software guys had better get their heads out of their arses and help keep the PC well supplied with cutting-edge games that drive and fund the hardware development, or the next-gen consoles will be pieces of shit with no significant improvements over this gen'.
Then no-one will buy them and Epic etc' can sit and look at the stack of unsold boxes of games for consoles no-one wants.
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