“We’ve always been in interested in it, but it’s never really been an option for us,” animation director Rob Nelson told IGN. “I don’t think we could’ve put it in the [last-gen version] because we were too busy making the game. We were too busy working on our third-person controls and the missions.”
“We were out of memory on the old consoles for animations. We were constantly fighting about what we could have and what we could still push in, and what other areas you could steal memory back from – audio, art, maps – for animation. So we could’ve added all the atoms to make a first-person mode to the level we wanted. We weren’t sure the world would have held up the way we would’ve wanted it to.”
Watch a trailer for the first-person mode below. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery. The game is due out on November 18 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and on January 27 for PC.