No matter what the content of future video games is comprised of, there’s going to be a need for an engine to power it. Id Software, makers of Doom and Quake has come out and said id Tech 5, used to power RAGE, can be used in games on the next generation of consoles and beyond.
Upon a cursory inspection of RAGE, graphics lovers can be taken aback by how expansive and vivid environments and character models can be with id Tech 5. For a better visual aid, refer to the latest RAGE trailer, titled ‘The Uprising’. One of the most commonly used engines for developers right now is Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3, which Rocksteady Games will be using to power their games through 2014, including the upcoming Batman: Arkham City. Id Tech 5 (id Tech 4 was used to power Doom 3 in 2004) could be the next engine developers jump on for future titles as we start to enter the next console generation.
Tim Willits, creative director at id, addresses the power of id Tech 5 and why it will be highly usable and adaptable in the future of gaming.
“John Carmack feels that this technology is very forward scalable. He believes it will be with us for many years, it has a solid foundation, with the ability to stream every texture in the game right to the screen fast.”
“You could even stretch your imagination farther and say that you could actually put all the assets of a game like Rage on a cloud somewhere and then pull them down.”
“The fact [is] that most of our assets sit in media and we pull them into the game. We could take that media and literally put it anywhere else. Yes we’d have to change the engine a little bit but it wouldn’t be very difficult. So yeah, you can imagine the future and imagine that id Tech 5 will be right there.”
John Carmack, otherwise known as co-founder and technical director of id Software, is responsible for the creation of all the engines id uses to power their games. With id Tech 5, John might have outdone himself.
The notion that id Tech 5 powered games could be played and streamed with 100% latency from a cloud server seems a little fantastic, but as technology grows, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Services like OnLive are finding more and more of an audience and the possibility of seeing games that look like RAGE streaming onto a monitor or television set is frankly, very exciting.
Id has been in the business of games for a long time and have left themselves quite a legacy. While they are continuing to bring gamers enjoyable first person shooter experiences, they are also focusing on how they’re bring that experience to the player.
RAGE releases October 4, 2011 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
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