Report: Xbox successor set for E3 2012

The next Xbox will make its debut at E3 2012, according to a VideoGamer report. TimeSplitters 4, from Crytek UK (formerly Free Radical), will be a launch title.

A “high-ranking industry source” within Crytek tipped off the site, saying TimeSplitters 4 was being shown privately in video form at E3 2011, last week. The source wouldn’t let any details slip regarding the specs, though mentioned that TimeSplitters 4 is running on DirectX 11, which is Crytek’s primary focus on new consoles. DirectX 11 will have a large impact on the CryEngine 3, which the developer sees as the cornerstone of next-generation game development.

As a game, TimeSplitters 4 will reportedly feature branching paths, exploration, and sandbox-style gameplay elements.

The source believes Microsoft will launch its next console ahead of Sony’s yet again, though Crytek also investing resources into PlayStation 4 development.

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