Rumor: Only one next-generation console to be released in 2013

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The current console cycle may be winding down for both Microsoft and Sony, but according to powerhouse publisher Activision, we’ll only be seeing one new piece of hardware launch in 2013.

The company’s latest earnings report showed almost $850 million in net revenue, which is a pretty impressive number for any publisher out there. There’s plenty for the group to be excited about, but CEO Bobby Kotick expects a decline next year.

“As we look to calendar 2013, we remain cautious in light of a challenging worldwide macroeconomic environment,” Kotick said.

Diablo III’s massive success on the PC is one of the largest factors in this successful time for Activision, but while it’s interesting looking at the past, it’s even more exciting to look toward the company’s future.

“We can’t really talk too much about next generation console plans, but I think it’s safe to say you have a Wii U coming out and there will be another new console coming and we expect that they’ll be very successful,” Kotick said.

Strange that he only mentions one new console, huh? Rumors have been floating around the web that Sony will be introducing the Orbis right before E3 begins next year, so it is possible that the next Xbox could be coming out sometime in 2014. But honestly, we won’t truly know until either console manufacturer spills the beans.

Do you think we’ll only see one console next year? If so, which box do you think it will be? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

When not writing about all the latest and greatest happenings in the video game industry, you can find Josiah on PSN, XBLA or Steam (Lionheart377). He has a soft spot for classic, turn-based RPGs, but also spends a great deal of time jumping from platform to platform and shooting dudes in the head.