The next generation consoles, Xbox Series X is PlayStation 5, will officially become available starting next week and, just out of curiosity, their line-up already features two great titles Ubisoft cross-gen: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is Watch Dogs Legion.
In a recent interview with WCCFTech, Galvin Whitlock, lead programmer of Watch Dogs Legion, discussed the potential and challenges presented by these next-generation consoles, as well as what will be possible in the future, when we can only focus on this hardware.
“There are a lot of restrictions when it comes to making large HDD open worlds. Being able to load our models and textures with this new, more focused approach allows us to fill our memory with things you see on the screen at that particular moment, instead of what you should see next. This will have a big impact on the visual variety and complexity of the world we can create. For Watch Dogs Legion, we worked very closely with first-party partners to make sure loading times were fully optimized. In the future, re-creating the architecture of our open-world games from scratch will allow us to go further and take advantage of all the hardware benefits of the new consoles.“.
“I’m impressed with the CPU capabilities of next-gen consoles. We want to create more complex simulations and bring the worlds we create to life. All of this requires CPU power and we can’t wait for our AI, animations and physics simulations to become even more real. I want the actions of the players to have an impact on the game world and its habitats. We have only just started using ray tracing hardware. We will continue to use it to create more dynamic and real lights. It’s a real time for innovation and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish with this hardware.“.
Words of enthusiasm those of Ubisoft which, certainly, will also be shared by other studios. Reworking the structures of one’s open world, formulas that have worked for entire generations, seems like a truly demanding challenge.
On the other hand, who knows how it could become a true next-gen title, once Ubisoft and other studios have learned to use “the tools of the trade”?
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