Catching up on some late news I noticed there was quite an interesting story coming out of GDC that I missed.
LucasArts were talking about their upcoming game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, and the pitfalls of porting games over to the PS3. They had originally chosen the Xbox 360 as the lead platform purely because they didn’t actually have any PS3 dev kits until early 2006.
However when it came to porting the game over to the PS3 they encountered many serious problems, especially with the vastly different architecture. Now that they have resolved that they are finishing of the game and getting ready for a Q2 release, they can start looking forward.
One of the most interesting statements made was the following.
Our next project will use the PS3 as the baseline, and then apply that to the Xbox 360
Now I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, but did he just say the PS3 is the lowest denominator? When I hear that something is the baseline then that is the lowest acceptable point. It is something to work off and everything else should be equal to or better than the baseline. Else it’s a failure.
I guess you could swing this any way that you wanted but the most important thing is that the next PS3 title from LucasArts is going to be created for that console and should therefore be great.