Epic wants UE4 ready at or near next-gen launch

Epic Games wants in on the next-gen console business early, president Mike Capps has said. The developer is in fact already discussing its in-the-works Unreal Engine 4 with roughly 16 hardware manufacturers, console manufacturers among them.

“I want Unreal Engine 4 to be ready far earlier than UE3 was; not a year after the consoles are released, Capps tells Develop.

“I think a year from a console’s launch is perfectly fine for releasing a game, but not for releasing new tech. We need to be there day one or very early. That’s my primary focus.”

On the studio’s “Samaritan” demo, which was designed to show what the next generation could possibly look like,  he added: “It was just that no one knew what a next-generation game would look like – so that was our idea, to show people what we can achieve.”

Epic believes that what was present in the demo is ”achievable at a reasonable development cost, so it’s what gamers should be demanding for next generation.”

“I think it’s very important that a gamer sees an Xbox Next or PlayStation Next and can clearly see the tech is not possible on current consoles. Otherwise they won’t be a success.”