Square Enix Tech Director Says Next Generation Will Totally Be Awesome and S–t

Julian Merceron is the worldwide technology director at Square Enix. That means when he says something about technology, it ‘s probably because he knows what he’s talking about. And THAT means that we should totally take him seriously when he says the next generation of game consoles will have better graphics than the current generation’s consoles.

OK, OK, snark aside, here’s what he told Videogamer about a future in which every video game will probably cost $100 million to make.

I think that we’re still going to see a big leap in graphics. In terms of technology I think we’ll see developers taking advantage of physically based rendering, physically based lighting. I think people will take advantage of global illumination, or at least some form approximation of global illumination, so that could have a significant impact on graphics quality.

What he’s saying, basically, is that video games next generation will look as good as your garden variety summer blockbuster.

That’s what we like to call “bad news for the industry,” because physically based rendering is what makes those summer blockbusters cost $150 million or more, and a game would require a hell of a lot more rendering than a two-hour movie. Either these things Merceren is talking about won’t become the norm until at least the generation after the next one, or fewer games will be made. Or the market might crash. Exciting new tech never seemed so scary.

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1 Comment on Square Enix Tech Director Says Next Generation Will Totally Be Awesome and S–t


On July 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Game rendering is something that’s supposed to happen in real-time at the console, soo… hopefully won’t cost more than the electricity/console pricetag.