We haven’t heard such things yet: Anshar’s CEO, Lukasz Hacura, believes that the easiest feature to pull off on next-gen Sony and Microsoft consoles’ will be the reduction of loading times.
In case you haven’t heard of Anshar, it’s fine – they are developing Observer: System Redux, the next-gen port of the game, but they also help Larian with Baldur’s Gate III, while also developing their RPG (called Gamedec). Here’s what the Polish developer told USGamer in the interview:
„We’re in this unique position where Observer was finished, launched, shipped. There were a certain amount of things that the developers would like to add to the game, would like to expand, like to fix, like to tweak. We’re in a position where we can do that When it comes to Observer it’s all about streaming [within the console] because we don’t have loading scenes per see. You might think of Observer as a game that’s indoors and closed-off, but actually, it’s constructed in an open-world manner. So, you can go anywhere you want in a building in any order you want. This presented a challenge on older consoles and was solved with “little tricks” to circumvent loading screens.
For example, when you open up a door you would have a delay between the door opening up, and that was streaming done in the background. It requires a little bit of custom work but it is usually much easier to remove hacks that were put into a game because of a lack of resources than to add those when you lack resources. It’s always nicer to go this way. The actual amount of big R&D work is the new features like ray-tracing or the haptic feedback on the PlayStation 5. I’m sure that we’re not going to touch the heights of the possibilities of the platforms because it’s just too early in the generation,” Hacura says.
So it’d be reasonable if we don’t immediately expect ray tracing in the next-gen games, but there will be developers or publishers that will include that in their projects just for the hell of it. Observer: System Redux launches this Holiday season on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
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