A lot of people think that the year 2012 is significant. Some think the world's going to end by then. People in the games industry, on the other hand, think that it will be a beginning instead of an end: the beginning of the next console cycle.
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli is one of those who believe that 2012 is when the next generation of game consoles will start showing up. Speaking to Joystiq, Yerli also noted that even if console manufacturers don't put out new hardware by then, Crytek will still be ready with their next CryEngine version.
We will have our next engine ready by that, independently whether there will be hardware or not. We are assuming based on the cycle -- the Moore's Law -- and everything. If you predict the computational power and trend. You kinda know how much CPU and GPU will be there and trend. If you take those things into account you can sort of predict where things are going.
Earlier this year, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot also expressed similar statements regarding the next console cycle's 2012 kickoff.
Here we have two demo videos for CryEngine 3 from GamesCom 2009.
Thanks to Peter Bauer for the tip!
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