As the years drag on, everyone wants to know if the current consoles have been maxed out in terms of power.
More developers are saying they've tapped into most of what the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has to offer, and that now includes BioWare. In speaking to NowGamer , BioWare Edmonton GM Aaryn Flynn said:
"In terms of actual horsepower, I think we’re pretty maxed out. I don’t think there’s much more to find."
The good news is that designers no longer have to concern themselves with finding more power, and they can work on the stuff that really matters (gameplay, narrative, etc.). So when it comes to an epic production like Mass Effect 3 , BioWare is able to work on platforms with which they're familiar and focus on expanding the franchise in artistic directions. Added Flynn:
"That said though, I think what is nice is what that gives you is an incredibly stable platform that lets you iterate on things like gameplay and iterate on things like story and things you can do that way now because you’re not worrying about the underlying technology changing from under you. That’s been one of the nice things for us in Mass Effect 3. Relying on that stable hardware that you know and have learned very well for the past five or seven years."
Yeah, it has been that long. The next generation of consoles is on the way, folks. Count on it.