CVG just posted an interview with Futuremark's CEO Jukka MÃ¤kinen and producer of Shattered Horizon, Jaakko Haapasalo. The interview was mostly about Shattered Horizon and the future development of the company, but the inevitable 3DMark managed to sneak right in.
According to Jukka, the second part of Futuremark is hard at work on the next generation 3DMark. The team made a decision to go with DirectX 11-only approach, enabling the team to seriously push the graphics to fantastic levels. Unlike 3DMark Vantage and its somewhat lackluster first test, the "3DMark 2010" comes with several seriously breathtaking tests which remind us of a combination of one of James Cameron movies with the space test bearing similar resemblance to legendary action flick Armageddon from 2000 - in any case, comparable to a triple-Michelin Star feast for 3D connoisseurs.
There is no word when the benchmark could appear, but we take it should come to market in the next 12 months, as GPUs from both AMD and nVidia arrive on both desktop and the mobile front.