Guerilla Games head Hermen Hulst has told VG247 that he "needs" Killzone 3 to beyond the PS3 tech benchmarks set by first-party games since the release of Killzone 2 last February - including Uncharted 2 and God of War III.
In an interview with us at the shooter's formal reveal in Holland earlier this month, he did say, however, the race to win on a technical level is seen as "a little game" between his studio, Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica.
"We need to, right?" said Hulst when asked if Killzone 3 would jump ahead of both UC2 and GoW III.
"That’s what we do. We talk to those guys a lot, both the Santa Monica team and the guys at Naughty Dog, and that’s the little game between us as friends of the studios.
"Yes, we do that, but then again they’re working on their next games and they’re going to have to do better again. So absolutely: we need to do that."
It's thought that the Uncharted developer is working alongside Guerilla in some form with Killzone 3, although how is unknown.
Get our full interview with Hermen Hulst here. Killzone 3 releases next year for PS3.