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Submitted by Pandemic 1339d ago | opinion piece

6 Secret Next Gen Announcements Being Shown At E3

For Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft and EA it was one last shove for the current generation. For Nintendo, it was a slightly botched attempt at pushing towards the next one. Peppered throughout every presentation, though, were telltale signs of the future, hidden in fresh new tech and blindingly pretty games. Here we uncover six, hiding in plain sight. (E3, EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, PC, PS3, Sony, Ubisoft, Xbox 360)

Pandemic  +   1339d ago
Out of those six, I found Watch Dogs to be the most next-gen looking title.
Hufandpuf  +   1339d ago
I thought the star wars game was the best looking IMO. Watch dogs does look very good though.
LightofDarkness  +   1339d ago
Graphically, 1313 is the most impressive gameplay we've seen. Watchdogs is still extremely impressive, particularly so when you factor in that it's supposedly an open-world/sandbox style game.

In terms of most impressive real-time graphics shown, that easily goes to the Final Fantasy demo. That was pretty incredible, actually. It's hard to believe that something so amazing is possible on hardware that's available right now.

@ TCG:

Enjoy :)
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TCG_Returns  +   1339d ago
FFvs demo? Never herd of any demo being shown

I must search for this..
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1339d ago
Both Watch Dogs and 1313, were run on a high end pc with Nvidia.

Im excited for watch dogs... but iffy on 1313... the last star wars game force unleashed 2, got my hopes up so high... but were then crushed brutally by a lame 4 hour story, and zero replay.

The fact I only saw around a minute of footage for 1313 doesn't help either. Game is not on my radar... but once again Im cautiously optimistic after being burned by TFU2
GillHarrison  +   1339d ago
In response to LightofDarkness, While Final Fantasy does look absolutely incredible, let's first see the game running with physics simulation, AI tasking, and view-distance variables (gameplay) before we jump to conclusions. Though it does show that a DirectX 11 PC can run cut-scenes that look as incredible as we saw in real time.
Blasphemy  +   1339d ago
Star Wars 1313 is confirmed UE3 game, knowing this is what LightofDarkness said so hard to believe?
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   1339d ago
@LightofDarkness link

I was completelly unaware of this tech demo and I loved the concept.

Looks like FF meets fictional real world. Mana vs Ak47? Summon vs Biowepon Hyena? Simply loved it!

Wouldn't in anyway call such game Final Fantasy per se, but the concept is great, would be totally happy to give my money to SquareEnix once again.
Spydiggity  +   1338d ago
I still don't understand how, as a gamer (i assume), you can still be fooled by cut scenes. makes no sense. "real-time" doesn't mean that's how the game looks in action. it just means the cut scene was created with the same tools.

i can guarantee the game won't look like that.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   1339d ago
Watch Dogs demo was running on a hi end PC that's why it looked so next gen.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1339d ago
And it was playing on a PS3.
PersonMan  +   1339d ago
If you're talking about Watch Dogs, it was NOT being played on a PS3. For one, that was an xbox 360 controller. For 2, it was plugged into a very high end PC.

Only an idiot would believe that it was done on a console. Look at all the dynamic lights, the reflections, the high resolution textures, the water effects, the rain, the animations, the smooth framerate and not one single hint of screen tear.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1339d ago
My bad, i got confused with a different game.
pwnmaster3000  +   1339d ago
I heard reports it was a ps3 controller
STONEY4  +   1339d ago
The demo was confirmed by several sources to be running on PC.

Eurogamer also said that the press release stated platforms at PC, PS3, and 360.
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aCasualGamer  +   1339d ago

I agree, there is no way in hell that presentation was running on PS3/360. The cloth movement on his clothes alone is impossible on current console hardware. Would have been a great conclusion to this gen but i don't believe we'll see that kind of fidelity and attention to detail on current consoles... Apart from Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls.

I just wish more new IP's would've been announced.
modesign  +   1339d ago


GT5 on ps3, watchdogs can sure as hell handle the ps3's technology, i dont know how the 360 will be able to handle it with 3 core and a dvd9,(alot of disks, you will need to switch discs between districts).

to the changes in clothing and texture, Uncharted had interactive clothing, dirt, dust, water, grass, snow, etc. so yeah theres alot of games that have elemental changes in clothing.
tokugawa  +   1339d ago
modesign ... rofl

the ps3 is a good console, but watch dogs looking like that will definately not be on the ps3. if it comes at all to this gens consoles, it will be looking alot worse than that.

i just hope ubi hold this off and use it as a launch title
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   1339d ago

I heard the same, but it appears the controller had colored buttons, so it not likely. In anyway, both PS3 and 360 controllers (not to mention almost any other controller) can be used in PC and, considering the visual quality and past development/presentation of almost all multiplatform games, I'm pretty sure it's running on PC.


As good as GT5 looks, it doesn't have to deal with multiple NPCs, heavy car traffic, all those multiple animation and AI... It's a racing game, GT5's engine may excel on car physics and graphics, maybe even pilot AI, but it doesn't mean it could handle such a diversified and open game with that visuals.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure both PS3 and 360 can handle Watch Dogs, just not at those graphical setting.


Sure the graphical quality may point at next-gen for consoles, but it wouldn't be the first time we see some trailer with really high settings that don't represent the final game... So I wouldn't assume it's next-gen material based on graphics alone.

More importantly, it seens that Ubi have been working on this game for some time now, I don't think any third party dev have next gen development kits just yet.

And even if they are aiming for next gen (that we won't see any earlier than late 2013), there's no reason to ignore the big user base of current gen consoles and risk it all on next gen early adopters and PC gamers when you can cover all bases.
TheBigShamona  +   1339d ago
The watch dogs demo was running on a ps3 the whole time lmao why do people say It's so next gen? Watch the demo again and youll see the controller.
MysticStrummer  +   1339d ago
It wasn't running on a console at all, and that wasn't a PS3 controller. It was running on a high end PC, and a 360 controller was used.
Campy da Camper  +   1339d ago
Er, it was on a pc using nvida and the controller was just that, a controller. I love my ps3 but if u think it is capable if that much dynamic lighting, rain physics and no pop in your ps3 has triple the cell power mine does.
TheBigShamona  +   1339d ago
nvm its a black 360 plugged into PC oh well =/ i still think next gen can do ALOT better then this
lzim  +   1339d ago
Unless I'm confusing the game Guillemot said it was running on PC.
Rubberlegs  +   1339d ago
Even though its coming to current gen console Far Cry 3 was another game running on the PC and it looked great. The engine that Far Cry 3 runs on is a modified version of the CryEngine 3. Most of Ubisoft's stage demos were being played off of a PC.

They are using a controller for the demos because they aren't going to bust out a keyboard and mouse.
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BlackKnight  +   1339d ago
Actually Farcry 3 is running on Dunia Engine 2. Not Cryengine 3. Crytek only did Farcry 1. Farcry 2 had an Ubisoft engine made for Farcry 2 called Dunia which is a heavily modifed Cryengine 1 (Not even cryengine 2, which was used for the PC version of Crysis 1 and other PC games).
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milohighclub  +   1339d ago
6 secret next gen games.....everyone of them were shown and one isn't even a game. Lol.
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Fyflin  +   1339d ago
Interesting. I personally wouldn't have included Wonder Book, if anything that tech has been tried before.

Definitely interested in getting a glimpse of next gen with Watch Dogs and 1313. At least when next gen kicks off the games will look incredible out of the gate, the tech and game engines are already here waiting on hardware.
v0rt3x  +   1339d ago
I doubt 1313 is actually next gen - I worked on Star Wars Force Unleashed 2 - and the first level looked similar from a graphic point of view.

It could easily be PS3 / X360.
sjaakiejj  +   1339d ago
Lol I think you should watch that level again. It's miles ahead of what Force Unleashed 2 did.
modesign  +   1339d ago
yeah, i worked on star wars force unleashed 2 also. *wink**wink*
KUV1977  +   1339d ago
It's kind of impossible that you two worked on TFUII since I created it completely by myself. I guess if I had got a second guy on board for development it could have been better, but well.. next time..
andibandit  +   1338d ago

I worked on Star Wars Force Unleashed 2 too, and i remember firing you day 1.
v0rt3x  +   1338d ago
Say what you will. It's funny no one has done their research and is automatically assuming I'm making this up. Anyway - do some research on the TFU2 engine and you'll see that when it first got released to the public everyone was hyped about how photorealistic it looked. The engine's capability later got drowned in the discussion of how bad the actual game was. But all I'm saying is that 1313 can well be running on current gen.
xchamp  +   1338d ago
Hes not lying, he actually worked on Force Unleashed 2 as a QA Game Tester...
vallencer  +   1339d ago
Watch dogs, as much as I love how it looks, isn't next gen. It is in development for the 360 and ps3 and only looked that way cause it was run on a high end computer.
sjaakiejj  +   1339d ago
It looked that way because it's being built as a next-gen game, something that can currently only run on high end computers. I would be willing to bet it's in development for Ps4 and Xbox 720, and the PS3 and Xbox 360 will get dumbed down versions of the game, much like what happened when Ps3 and 360 launched.
NBT91  +   1339d ago
I agree, thats a good point actually, even if it is a next gen game, does not mean it cant still come to current gen with watered down visuals and such.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1339d ago
agreed the idea of people keep citing "it's on the ps3 and 360" doesn't change the fact that the version being shown will not be the same one being played on the the consoles.

another thing to note is why would Ubisoft a multipart form developer show the highestend pc version of a console game?

if anyone remembers gta 4 how amazing it look on pc though it was gta iv both the games the console version and the pc version could not have been farther apart. the community modded that game extensively to the point were gta 4 for pc is not the same gtx that is for the console. watch dogs for pc in the same respect as. GTAIV is just watch dogs by name for the playstation 3 and 360 it's a whole nother beast on pc that is the point that article is attempting to make. you can't have watched dogs on ps3 and 360 rest assured. it won't be the same build as the one shown at e 3.
claud3  +   1339d ago
crap load of stuff there
PersonMan  +   1339d ago
Beyond Two Souls doesn't look next gen to me. Also, it was played on a PS3 so that proves it's not next gen tech. Next gen tech isn't possible on current gen tech.

Watch Dogs is a game I can see on next gen consoles. Even most PCs will have trouble keeping up with those graphics. It looks even better than the GTA IV PC icenhancer mods.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1339d ago
happy someone brought that up beyond 2 souls looks amazing but it looks just as good as heavy rain the playstation 3 game why is on this list is quite strange to me.

agreed about watchdogs as well.
BlackKnight  +   1338d ago
Beyond looks amazing but any game that is that controlled as far as limited movement and scripted events can obviously optimize more since its not like any other games where you have MUCH more freedom of movement.

Basically it was further enhanced facial tech and learning more of the PS3. This is Quantic Dream's second PS3 game so they are doing what they did with Heavy rain and improved, not so much as innovate or introduce new type of gameplay (from what has been shown so far at least.)
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momthemeatloaf  +   1339d ago
They all could pass for next-gen. We won't see a huge leap in graphics like last gen to this gen, so it's much easier for games to blend into current ones.
Gorbenshore  +   1339d ago
Consoles are really being pushed to thier limits. I don't know how Star Wars 1313 and Watch Dog will be on consoles but I don't think it will be as good as the PC version.
humbleopinion  +   1339d ago
Wow, they actually mentioned 100% current gen games and experiences, while at the same time didn't even mention the new engine from Square Enix!? Such a fail article
LAZL0-Panaflex  +   1339d ago
bogus article. sony and ms and nintendo aren't releasing nuttin right now. vita is doing lousy. usa is tanking right now and the president is out playing golf and starting a race war and class war.

Greece is tanking, italy also in the crapper, and on top of it we got zombies running around. Gas is $5/gallon forcing groceries to go up and everything else to go up.

No one is hiring. college grads cant find work.
All my friends old and young are doing sh1tty right now. I was 3 times better off FOUR years ago financially than i am now. So if there were new consoles now i would choose to feed my four kids and wife than get an upgraded uncharted or halo.

How are we going to afford sed next gen consoles if 49% of the country is getting some kind of federal assistance, 8.1% are collecting unemployment, and 23% are unemployed and not collecting unemployment??

These guys aren't dumb...they're waiting for a RECOVERY...and we'll see in november if America still has its head up its a55.

I would love to own 3 ps3s again and 3 xboxes again but i can't right now, and im pretty sure im not the only one.

If America goes down... we all fall down.... and, entertainment and luxury is the first thing on the chopping block the vita is proof of that.
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papashango  +   1339d ago
dafuq did I just start reading?

can I get a TLDR
RyuX19  +   1339d ago
He is saying that releasing a new console would be very bad because of the economy. This is one of the reasons why people didn't flock to the Vita or the 3DS; they were too expensive to buy.

If they release a new console now it will probably be 300 to 400 dollars. That is too much money to waste on a console.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1339d ago
wow that might have been the dumbest rant i've ever heard. the psp was doing poorly 2 years later the playstation 3 released. sony didn't even do 100,000,000 playstation 2's befor the playstation 3 even released

they are very much gearing up for next gen. 1 would be a fool to believe that they would not release a new system. publishers like epic square ubi soft lucas arts are showing their hand and what they want in next gen clearly they have targets to be going off of
tee_bag242  +   1339d ago
@EDMiX - his rant was far more intelligent than yours.
esemce  +   1339d ago
Ah another 12 months until the next E3 when we see Ps4/NextBox.
KMCROC54  +   1339d ago
Don't forget the hints that will be droped or leaked at all shows prior to E3.
GamingPerson  +   1339d ago
But on that pc it's current gen.
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Sarobi  +   1339d ago
1313 looked great and so did watch_dogs, there is no doubt in my mind that these aren't next gen titles (being next gen consoles are right around the corner)
AgreeFairy  +   1339d ago
Beyond is the best one on the list. Looks like it will be a combination of Geist & Heavy Rain. Adding in Ellen Page only makes it more awesome.
DivineAssault  +   1339d ago
Next gen will fix all the problems that plagued current consoles & will be what we wanted from this gen the whole time.. PC players get to enjoy these types of games cuz they get to upgrade their hardware.. I cant afford that everytime a new engine drops so im excited to hear about a new console next year
BitbyDeath  +   1339d ago
Last of Us was the most nextgen IMO
Nextgen is not all about graphics.
Pandamobile  +   1339d ago
Then why do you think the Last of Us looks the most next gen?
BitbyDeath  +   1339d ago
Cause that level of AI is something that hasn't been done before.
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BitbyDeath  +   1339d ago
Naughty Dog have added emotion into the AI system so the enemies and your companion react depending on the environment and how you go about things.

eg. You can make them mad or scared or feel like they have the upper hand in a fight.

This level of AI is unprecedented.
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Bladesfist  +   1337d ago
AI is all faked, have a read of Programming Game AI by example. They tested halos AI by giving the enemies low hp, the testers said the ai was stupid. After just increasing hit points the public though the AI was smart. You can not program emotions into a a game. But you can fake it.
hilyou  +   1339d ago
Watch Dogs, Last of US and Beyond all look like next-gen. Especially Beyond and Watch Dogs. I personally can't wait for Watch Dogs. Seems really awesome. I'm kind of getting this Blade Runner, Watchmen and Deus Ex kind of vibe for the game.
DigitalxPiracy  +   1339d ago
"Next-Gen" = Current gen on PC. Heh.
PersonMan  +   1338d ago
I disagree. Show me a PC game that doesn't just look like a higher res console game. The only one I can think of is Battlefield 3 and that looks pretty close to the console version.
Bladesfist  +   1337d ago
Arma 3, go try put that render distance on a console and tell me what happens
Commodore  +   1339d ago
Wonderbook= The New ET be buried somewhere in the desert. I wouldn't have so much of burning hate for it if it was given a 15-20 minute presentation.
StitchJones  +   1339d ago
Watch Dogs looks like what Deus Ex should have been in many regards.
black911  +   1339d ago
Beyond looks better then watch dogs.
PersonMan  +   1338d ago
Maybe the faces... but that's it.
BlackKnight  +   1338d ago
Beyond is the best case scenario for "graphics". You have the least control over the camera and extremely limited freedom of movement. Of course things like the faces can be worked on much more. But then you compare it to Watch Dogs sandbox gameplay? Really?

That is like comparing a formula 1 car to a rally car. They doing things so differently, one doing shitty in some areas while the other excels.
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