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Epic 'more enthusiastic than ever' for next-gen consoles

Tim Sweeney says 'future gaming experiences' are 'going to be awesome'

Upbeat Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney has said the studio is "more enthusiastic now than ever" for Sony and Microsoft's next-generation offerings.

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The studio founder said the new consoles will match what the studio is currently capable of doing on high-end PCs.

"We're more enthusiastic now than ever about the future of high-end platforms," Sweeney told Edge. "What we're doing on high-end PCs is going to be representative of the future consumer gaming experience and it's going to be awesome," he added.

Dismissing any possible scepticism over the technical gap between current and next-generation machines, Sweeney assures that the improvements will be significant.

"It's going to be a substantial leap over the current generation," he said.

Speaking during a presentation at the Montreal International Game Summit in November 2012, Sweeney cited huge costs developing the Samaritan Unreal Engine 3 tech demo, which took four months to finish with a team of 30 people involved.

Sweeney said he expects development costs "at the start of the next generation" to be around double that of start of the previous generation.

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