We keep being told that we're only half way through the current hardware lifecycle – that would indicate a 2015/2016 launch for the next versions of the Xbox and PlayStation. But Capcom's European COO David Reeves thinks the industry could be in for a surprise.
Two to three years, I reckon,” the exec told GamesIndustry when asked about his expected launch date for new hardware.
I don't have any inside information. All the first-parties have got to be working on something. The tricky thing is when do you put a stake in the ground on technology?
That's the problem. You can be waiting a few extra months to implement something, but you've got to set a date to go with a certain chip at a certain point otherwise you're going to miss the key milestones.”
In addition, the exec – who was once the brains behind Sony's European PlayStation assault – confirmed that Capcom has every intention of releasing games for both the Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move, as well as a number of 3D-compatible titles.
Capcom is embracing it, we're working with Microsoft and with Sony on both sides and trying to match up the IPs we have with what the first-parties want,” he stated.
It's not a forced fit. In some ways it's quite a natural way of progressing. Capcom is definitely going to embrace it and just as the first-parties are doing, we see it as another blip before we come into the next cycle. 3D gaming is the same. Anything they can add to revive and pique interest in the games until we have another clash of the titans in two years time.”