Published on March 3rd, 2013 | by Oliver Skjelborg0
Next-Gen Consoles releasing in October?
With the official reveal of the PlayStation 4, it seems the floodgates have been lifted on third-party game announcements. Ubisoft seem to be leading this metaphorical cavalry charge with both Watch_Dogs confirmed on next-gen and PC, and now Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. The later having just had its first trailer leaked. Assassin’s Creed with black beard? Sign me up. Now I didn’t think much about its relationship with next-gen consoles until I got to the final part where it tells us we can “Preorder Now” for and that it will be “Available October 29th”.
Now that in itself isn’t all that interesting. The interesting bit comes just underneath where it states “Also coming to next-gen consoles”. Moreover, at the bottom, where it always shows the list of platforms a game will be available for, it shows the PlayStation 4, WiiU, current-gen consoles and the PC. No “Xbox Durango“, though this could just as easily be due to Microsoft not wanting Ubisoft to reveal their new console, and does not necessarily mean that the “Xbox Durango” won’t be out in that time frame too.
What does this mean? Well firstly, what do we know? We know that the PlayStation 4 is slated for a Holiday 2013 release. This would not put mid/late October out of contention in terms of potential release dates. Alongside this, we can also be almost certain that Microsoft will announce the “Xbox Durango” at E3, if not earlier. This would give Microsoft about four and a half months from their announcement to their release. The Xbox 360 was announced on MTV on May 12, 2005 and was put on sale November 16, 2005, so it is not completely unheard of.
Lastly, the leaked Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag trailer said that it was also being released on next-gen consoles. Consoles. Plural. Does this mean that both the PlayStation 4 and “Xbox Durango” will be out around October? That depends on your personal definition of the “next-gen consoles”, because does the WiiU count as proper next-gen? Personally I feel it has closer ties to the current gen that what we have seen from the PlayStation 4. Therefore I would class it as a 7.5 generation console. There are of course also those that label it as a true next-gen console, simply based on its release date being so close to the end of this generation of consoles.
Could all this mean that the next-gen officially hits in October? Only time will tell. We must also not forget that “Also coming to next-gen consoles” could potentially mean a later release for those versions, much like the PC version of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. So remember:
“Nothing is true, everything is speculation.”