Mon, May 16, 2011 | 14:25 BST
Bethesda: Hunted-Gears comparisons “fine,” “huge opportunity” to create UGC with Crucible
Comparisons between inXile dungeon crawler Hunted: The Demon’s Forge and Gears of War are “fine,” Bethesda’s Dave Clayman has told VG247.
Speaking to us in the Park City mountains of Utah during Bethesda’s pre-E3 BFG event, Clayman – who’s the associate brand manager for the game – told us that cover-based action games like Hunted and Gears have been “proven” to be a fun game type.
“I think it’s a fine comparison,” he said when asked about the comparisons. “People love Gears and the action is there. The third-person action is apparent, and there are similarities when you are using a bow and arrow and when you’re taking cover. You can see how that plays out in the gameplay. I think cover-based action games are really a proven fun type of gameplay style.
“What we would like to stress is that Hunted also has a lot of other systems on top of that: the magic system, skills, spells, the way you upgrade those and the storyline.”
Clayman added that to truly experience the game for what it is, you need to play main characters E’lara and Caddoc at their strengths.
“The way the characters are really different. Caddoc and E’lara are not the same type of playstyle at all, they’re very different. And you have to play at each other’s strengths to really experience the game for what it is.”
No DLC plans, Crucible is “huge opportunity” to create UGC for Hunted
Clayman insisted that, right now, there was no plans for DLC in terms of story or in Crucible form from inXile, going as far as insisting that UGC (user-created content) was its DLC.
“Right now, we don’t have any DLC plans, but all along, the idea has been that the Crucible is the content after you play,” Clayman said.
“So what we’re hoping is that people get into crucible and user-generated content becomes what you start using after you’ve completed the main experience. So sharing with your friends, there’s a really huge opportunity to generate a ton of original content through the community.”
Hunted: The Demon’s Forge releases in the US on May 31 and on June 3 in the UK for PS3, 360 and PC. Watch a video on the Crucible mode here.