reports that a rather uninteresting commitment by Warner Bros. wholly owned studios Rocksteady (Batman: Arkham City
) and NetherRealm (Mortal Kombat
) to Epic's Unreal Engine 3 until 2014, is a likely indication that that's when we'll enter the next-generation of console hardware.
They conclude this because Epic has also said Unreal 4 would be specifically, and "exclusively", targeted at next-gen consoles. So there's obviously a few years left in UE3, especially given the "Samaritan
" video they debuted at GDC a few weeks back, and if anyone were in the know about the next generation of hardware, we'd back Epic.
Adding to the speculation, Square Enix also announced they're opening a new Canadian-based studio to focus solely on next-gen consoles from "Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo", alongside their Eidos Montreal Studio (Deus Ex: Human Revolution
), which would open its doors next year.
2014 as an end-point for this generation in an of itself is pretty epic though, putting the Xbox 360, the first of this current generation of hardware, at a milestone of some nine years in active duty.