Many heralded Watch Dogs as the first truly next generation experience.
This was despite the fact that the title released on all major platforms excluding the Wii. Developers now face the decision as to not only which platforms they will release their title on, but as to whether or not it will span console generations. While Ubisoft somehow managed to accommodate those on the older consoles, sooner or later there will need to be a cutoff point where they are no longer supported.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are certainly a large step above their predecessors, but nonetheless publishers are begging developers to continue releasing on the dated platforms due to their enormous install bases.
2K Games' Executive Producer, Denby Grace commented on why this is the case in an exclusive interview with Examiner.
"Since 2K has owned the property for Evolve, there obviously has not been any consideration for [Xbox 360 and PS3]," Grace states.
"I believe previously it began as a [past]-gen platform, but where the game is at now, it really is a truly next-gen experience," he declares.
"Especially when you look at things like the environment, the world, how rich it [all] is, how much is going on with the AI we’re driving, the wildlife system and how the game looks.
"[Evolve] really is a dense experience; it can only be delivered on that next-generation of console."