Bobby Kotick has provided some insight in regards to the budgets for developing video games on the PS4 and Xbox 720. According to a report by Develop on Feb. 8, the CEO of Activision believed that the costs will rise due to the new skills and investments require in building tools and technologies to take advantage of the unique abilities of the next-generation systems. You can check out some concept designs of the PS4 and Xbox 720 from fans in the slideshow at the top of this article and the comments from Bobby Kotick below (courtesy of Develop):
This is my 22nd year doing this, and every single console transition we've seen an increase in development costs. Over long periods of time it gets smoothed out, but I would say this is not a transition where that's going to be an exception. We're going to have to figure out how to take advantage of the unique abilities of new hardware and that requires new skills and investment in tools and technology and engines and so yes, that's likely.
Activision is the publisher behind “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” which was released last year for the Nintendo Wii U, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. The first-person shooter was developed by Treyarch. You can pre-order the title in the following link: “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2”
Although “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” was just released, Activision has already announced plans to launch the “Call of Duty” video game in late 2013, which is the same time frame as the projected releases of the PS4 and Xbox 720.