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Remedy calls next-gen a "quantum leap"

Remedy calls next-gen a "quantum leap"

Thu 23 Aug 2012 8:49pm GMT / 4:49pm EDT / 1:49pm PDT
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The Alan Wake developer already has a small team ready for next-gen consoles

In an interview with GamesIndustry International's German counterpart, Remedy Entertainment head of franchise development Oskari Häkkinen called the next-generation consoles a "quantum leap" over current-generation systems.

"Currently, we are working with a relatively small team on a next-gen project. One question you always ask yourself in this phase is: can the upcoming consoles really be so much better compared to the current gen? I can rest assure you, they are. It's a quantum leap," he said.

Häkkinen said that Remedy currently has a team of twenty working on an unannounced next-gen title. Remedy plans to move into a new, larger office in Espoo, Finland prior in order to accommodate future hires.

In addition to next-gen consoles, Remedy is also working on a mobile game for Android and iOS platforms. The company has already released Death Rally for iOS as its first foray into that space.

"Death Rally was a title, which was kind of a testdrive for us how games on iOS are working. From a business perspective, it is pretty obvious that we should do a sequel, keeping the unexpected success of the title in mind. But we are a creative company. We want to create new topics and franchises. So we are still in discussion, what we will do next [on iOS and Android]," said Häkkinen.

8 Comments

Klaus Preisinger
Freelance Writing

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I just love how the term is used, cracks me up every time. Let's hope the improvements go further than one atomic transition.

Posted:A year ago

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Terence Gage
Freelance writer

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So there's a team of 20 working on next-gen hardware, leaving about 40 staff free. Are they all working on mobile games then, or can we expect another current-gen game from them, I wonder.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Hugo Dubs
Interactive Designer

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Aren't Remedy working on an Alan Wake sequel?

Posted:A year ago

#3

Geoff Richards
Commercial Manager

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Glad to hear that consoles that won't be launched until 2013 are a "quantum leap" ahead of the existing generation, launched in 2005/6.

In PC terms, yes, a GTX 680 is also a quantum leap ahead of 2005's GeForce 7800 GTX. :)

Posted:A year ago

#4

Ian Brown
IT Developer / IT Infrastructure

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So they should be. Even if they start using some of the DX10/11 tech available they should get some pretty sweet results. Higher polygon counts and texture resolutions could make something look truly beautiful by letting the character artists have a bit more fun. Realistically the costs shouldn't increase dramatically either since modelling wise they are already making the fantastically detailed models and using them for low poly bakes, so the process shouldn't really change. Unless of course they need to make even further detailed characters/objects. I really can't wait to see some shots.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Robert B. Healy III
Writer / Blogger

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I don't think "quantum leap" means what he thinks it means...

Posted:A year ago

#6

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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Lol Klaus and Robert I think the same thing every time someone uses that term. That said, maybe it DOES mean what they think it means, cause honestly I'm not expecting a graphical change to be anything significantly better than what we see in top-end PC these days (The Witcher 2, Battlefield 3).

Posted:A year ago

#7

Andrew Goodchild
Studying development

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He might mean the new consoles have travelled back to some point in their lifetime with an 87% probability that they are there to stop a waitress being murdered by her boss, of course.

Posted:A year ago

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