id Software wants longer console lifetimes

Written by Joe Martin

June 9, 2011 | 11:35

Tags: #consoles #doom #e3-2011 #e3-2011-news #rage #wolfenstein

Companies: #id-software

The creative director for id Software, Tim Willits, has commented at E3 2010 that he'd be happy to see current consoles enjoy a longer lifetime, as next generation consoles would only prove to be disruptive for developers.

'Stability in the consoles is good,' Willits told Eurogamer, who says it lets developers focus on making better games rather than chasing polygons.

'If they want to stack another year or two on this generation I'd be more than happy. I know somebody is working on it somewhere but I don't want to hear about it,' he continued.

'[Stability] allows us to focus on the game. You get a technology locked down then you can focus on the design. If you spend too long working on the tech it's so much more difficult. When you know what the platform does you can focus on what is fun.'

Willits did point out, however, that id Software's latest id Tech 5 engine has been designed to carry easily over to the next generation.

You can check out the trailer for id Software's next game, Rage, below. It'll be released on Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 later this year. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

You can check out other news from the show via our E3 2011 News hub.

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