There’s no doubt in my mind that the next generation of consoles come out next year. Games like Star Wars 1313 that are convincingly meant for future consoles only further back up the case for new hardware in the next 15 months. Not to mention that the entire year of 2013 is going to feel like a runner with an unexpected lap. Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension appear like totally unnecessary fillers in an already long generation. Remember Kameo and Call of Duty 2? That felt like forever ago!
This begs several important questions on what is going on with the rest of the PS3 and 360’s lifecycle. Where the hell are high-profile titles like The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy Verses XIII? Are these games simply going to translate to new hardware? Is that why they’ve gone dark for so long? Regardless on what’s going on with dumb over-dramatic anime games, I’m more concerned with how the new consoles will work and how soft the transition form the Xbox 360 to the “Durango” will be. To be honest, I think using fake code-names for things that haven’t been confirmed to exist is totally dumb. For the purpose of writing, I guess I have to call “the next Xbox” something.
Achievements are my biggest question. Right now, I’m just shy of 70,000 points. Not to say I’m playing games on harder difficulties to boost my scores anymore, but it’s something I’m not comfortable with being completely ignored. Some sort of progression that covers every game someone plays on a central profile will exist. When I boot up my Durango and recover my profile will I have 70,000 points? Can I compare my Borderlands achievements wit friends? Would that be fair to new players? The guy who just gets on the Xbox wagon or can’t recover his profile for whatever reason starts with zero points. At some point in the Durango’s lifecycle the average Gamer Score would probably be like 500,000 points, who the hell is going to care about 10 point achievements? Then what the hell does Microsoft do with the next-next Xbox? Simply transferring Gamer Score isn’t the answer, but I also don’t want my profile completely ignored.
Rumors have been swirling around a “Kinect 2” for the Durango for a while. Since the Kinect’s launch, it has felt like more of a market interest test than a real piece of hardware anyone is going to seriously back up. Sony’s Move is just a depressing lack of vision. I’m curious how much longer companies are going to think motion control is a thing people are into. I’m not convinced that folks want to stand up to play games. Yes, mom bought a Wii Fit because she thought she wanted to lose weight, but when’s the last time she busted it out? Happy Action Theater and Dance Central are great to have on standby, but anything beyond that, I’m not interested. Is “Kinect 2” going to be packed with all systems? Is Sony just saying “fuck this motion stuff!”?
I’m looking forward to having new shiny things under my TV. I’m sure the new consoles will deliver great games. With the current hardware being built back in 2004, I can’t imagine what we’ll see with modern tech. Too bad the Wii U will probably be extremely outdated next year.