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You had me at Hello – Just Add Water talks all things Odd

Tuesday, 5 July 2011 07:18 GMT By Stace Harman

On the verge of the HD release of quirky, Oddworld-based FPS, Stranger’s Wrath, we spoke to the UK developer responsible for the revival of videogames’ oddest franchise. Follow me.

Odds and Ends

British developer Just Add Water was founded in October 2006, its previous release was Gravity Crash for PS3 and PSP

Just Add Water is working on updating several existing Oddworld titles as well as looking to create new games for the series with the blessing of Oddworld creators Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna

Abe’s Oddysee, Oddworld Inhabitants first game, launched in 1997. There have been three games set in the Oddworld universe since then: Abe’s Exoddus (1998), Munch’s Oddysee (2001) and Stranger’s Wrath (2005)

The only character to feature in all four Oddworld games so far is a Slog – a type of two-legged dog

Terry Garrett, a 23-year old mechanical engineering student from Colorado Springs has completed both Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus using only the audio cues. Garrett is completely blind – gameplay and interview footage can be found on the Oddworld website

Serendipity.

It’s perhaps not a word that you would often associate with modern video game development. So business-like, cyclical and outright expensive has the creation process become, that it has as much in common with sprawling spreadsheets, ‘unique selling points’ and iterative, designed-by-committee game features as it does creative juices, inspirational brilliance and happy accidents.

However, when Just Add Water’s CEO and creative director, Stewart Gilray, tells the story of how his company came to be custodians of one of the medium’s most fiercely protected, adored and aesthetically unique franchises, serendipity is the word that springs to mind.

“I was introduced to [Oddworld Inhabitants co-founder] Lorne Lanning at GDC 2009 by a mutual friend,” Gilray told VG247 when we spoke to him recently.

“We had a five minute chat and that was pretty much that. Roll forward to June 2009 and I received an email from Lorne asking if we’d like to do some stuff for them, having been a fan of the Oddworld franchise for years we, naturally enough, said yes.

“We spent the next five months going through tens and tens of gigabytes of assets. That’s a massive amount of data for a game that was made in the mid-nineties; we experimented a bit with some iPhone apps but at that stage we weren’t really putting a massive amount of time or cost into it.

“Then, round about April 2010 I had another conversation with Lorne and then-president of Oddworld Inhabitants, Larry Shapiro. Larry asked if we’d help out with the PC version of Stranger’s Wrath because the people that had been working on it had let them down and so we took that on as our first proper Oddworld project.

“Four weeks before both Stranger’s Wrath and Munch’s Oddysee were due to launch on PC we also took over on Munch’s Oddysee, the development of which had become been a little troubled, shall we say, and we worked to get that to a releasable state. To be honest, we got a bit of stick from the PC gaming public for not delivering to them everything that had been promised and rightly so. So, we spent the first couple of months at the beginning of this year improving those titles, adding things like anti-aliasing and upping the frame rate.”

“To be honest, we got a bit of stick from the PC gaming public for not delivering to them everything that had been promised and rightly so”

It was during the development of the PC version of 2005’s quirky Xbox FPS Stranger’s Wrath that Gilray approached first Lanning and then Sony for permission to create an updated, HD version of the game for PS3. With the nod from Lanning and stage one approval granted by Sony, Gilray and his team went about updating the art assets, which included a makeover for the lead protagonist; upping his polygon count from 3,000 to 20,000.

Gilray acknowledged that this is far less than an entity such as Nathan Drake of Uncharted boasts – Drake weighs in at around 80,000 polygons – but it’s a number which Gilray feels is still “fairly substantial” and that has allowed the team to achieve a zero frames per second difference between the old assets and the shiny new updated ones.

Assuming all goes well over the next few weeks, it shouldn’t be too long before we see the fruits of Just Add Water’s labour.

“We’re at the point now where we’re around six to eight weeks from starting QA on Stranger’s Wrath,” Gilray told us. “So we should be looking at a late summer release.”

Livin’ la Vita loca

“At the same time, we’ve also announced that we’re doing Munch’s Oddysee HD for PS3 and both Munch’s Oddyssee and Stranger’s Wrath for Vita, too,” Gilray informed us.

”Sony spoke to us earlier this year about bringing those games to Vita so we’re working like lunatics to get those ready for Vita’s launch, whenever that may be! Oh, and we’re also working on rebooting the Abe games!

“On top of this we’ve spoken to Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna [Oddworld Inhabitants co-founders] about finishing the Oddworld quintology. It’s worth just clarifying what that actually entails because some people think it’s just adding one more game to the four already released to make five. The quitology is actually five ‘Oddysee’ games, and so far we’ve only had two of those: Abe’s and Munch’s Oddysee. The third game is Squeek’s Oddysee, Lorne and I have had brief chats about that already but I can’t say exactly how far away that it.”

Just Add Water CEO Stewart Gilray

All of the Oddworld games have maintained an endearing uniqueness and oddity about them that has won over many fans and stuck in gamers’ consciousness since Abe’s first foray out of Rupture Farms in 1997. Back then, the mischievous, downtrodden Mudokon with an adorable line in giggling, fart jokes and mighty effective pick-up lines – “Hello.” “Hello.” “Follow me.” “Okay.” – was a reminder that 2D could still hold its own when all around it were adorning themselves in fancy new 3D trappings.

Such was the quality of the art direction, game design and imagination of Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna’s creation that Abe’s Oddysee won an award for ‘Best Director CD ROM/Game Platform’ at the World Animation Festival in 1997. The 1998 follow up, Abe’s Exoddus, went on to be nominated for ‘Console Adventure Game of the Year’ by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in 1999, eventually losing out to one of the most highly regarded and highly rated games of all time – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Abe also featured on the front cover of Nic Kelman’s 2005 illustrated tome Video Game Art, sharing the dual-layered holographic cover with Metal Gear’s Solid Snake, despite it being some seven years since Abe had last appeared in a videogame.

Spoil me rotten

It’s clear that the striking visuals of both Abe and Oddworld resonate with gamers and that’s something that, if it gets its way, Just Add Water hopes to indulge, with a special treat for fans.

“Going forward, all Oddworld games will be digital releases only,” Gilray explained. “There won’t be any boxed releases but, having said that, we know that a lot of fans would like something physical to go alongside their game.

“So, what we’re thinking about – and it is just at the idea stage because we’d have to speak to Sony about it – but what we’d like to do is emulate what some bands in the music industry have done recently. Bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have released digital versions of their albums but alongside that they’ve also released deluxe box versions. We’d like to do something similar. Release special edition boxed versions of the games but with a download code, so there’s no actual physical media for the game but, ideally, you’d get a PS3-sized box with a really nice manual, art cards etc.

“This really depends on whether we can get permission to this, though. The ultimate plan is to provide those fans that want packaging, with packaging, but it’s up to the platform holders and whether they’ll allow us to do it.”

The original Stranger’s Wrath intro cut scene.

It’s interesting to note Gilray’s specific use of the term ‘platform holders’ when all the talk so far has been surrounding PS3 and PS Vita-only versions of Oddworld’s adventures. But, with such a rich vein of imagination to tap and upwards of half a dozen Oddworld titles in Just Add Water’s future, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the team is thinking long term when it comes to platforms and release windows.

“We have a brand and a franchise to work with and really the main factor dictating what we’re going to release and when is what platforms are going to be around in three, four or five years time,” Gilray explained. “This can also be applied in the shorter term to Stranger’s Wrath. If people are wondering why we’ve made it PlayStation exclusive: the truth is we haven’t.

“As far as Oddworld goes we’re a platform-agnostic set of companies and so the only thing stopping us releasing on other platforms is the platform holders. We’re in discussions with Microsoft to get Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath on 360 and, to be honest, those discussions are going better than they were at the end of last year, but until I have a signed piece of paper in front of me saying that we can do it, we’re not announcing anything about it.”

2D or not 2D. That is the question.

The answer is 2.5D, actually.

Updating a 2D side-scrolling platform game requires more effort than simply drenching everything in shiny HD paint. The gameplay also needs some minor tweaks to ensure consistency and to give the gameplay mechanics every chance to appeal to new players, as well as to those itching to dive back into Oddworld.

So, where Abe’s adventure was originally conceived as a series of discreet screens with flip transitioning, the HD update will feature a more seamless experience with scrolling replacing the individual screen structure.

“The paths through each level are going to be 2.5D with some push scrolling,” Gilray explained. “The biggest challenge we’ve had with this is in tweaking some of the puzzles to fit this structure, where previously they relied on the flip screen transition effect.

“So, near the beginning of the game there’s a puzzle where you run into the screen and there’s a sleeping Slig on the ground. If you accidentally wake him up you can go into the next screen and back again and he goes back to sleep straightaway.

“With the scrolling that we’re implementing, you can’t do that, so instead we’ve placed a barrel on a platform which you can hide behind, Metal Gear Solid-style, and if you wait there long enough the Slig gives up and goes back to sleep.

“It’s about making these little changes”

“It’s about making these little changes so that the puzzles, the game world and the AI are all consistent. Whereas before, some Sligs would chase you to the next screen and some wouldn’t so we’re making one of the Sligs’ behaviours that they’ll chase you until you’re able to lose them by hiding or whatnot and only then will they go back to their original position.”

A list as long as your arm

Time to take stock: in addition to Stranger’s Wrath and Munch’s Oddysee for PS3 and Vita, Just Add Water is also working on the HD update of Abe’s Oddysee, but that’s not all. Gilray told us that there’s also the possibility of an update of Abe’s Exoddus, along with plans for the previously-announced-but-never-developed Hand of Odd – which he described as being geared towards a more casual/social gaming scene and likely featuring “touch screen and or mouse control” for immediacy.

We might also get the chance to play as the part-organic, part-mechanised security henchmen ‘Sligs’, in a game Lanning originally envisioned as ‘Slig Storm’ and that Gilray and team are investigating the potential for. Plus, there’s a brief mention of The Brutal Ballad of Fangus Klot and of course the remaining three adventures in the original ‘quintology’ that the team are keen to tell the story of (though the correct name for five part series is actually a pentalogy, apparently).

Just Add Water will clearly be kept very busy and Gilray suggested that only 10% of the original Oddworld timeline has been covered by the four games so far released. It’s evident from speaking with Gilray that both he and his team are enthusiastic and respectful of the brand with which they’re set to be spending a lot of time with over the next few years.

Encouragingly, they are not the least bit daunted by the task ahead. This, in part, can be attributed to the wealth of available lore already created for the Oddworld universe, as well as the clarity of Lanning’s and McKenna’s original vision for the franchise. The rest can be chalked up to the depth of personality of both Oddworld and its inhabitants.

As Gilray succinctly sums up:

“It’s not just the characters that have character; the whole world has character.”

Stranger’s Wrath is will launch on PSN in the next couple of months. PS Vita versions of Munch’s Oddysee and Stranger’s Wrath are expected to accompany the console’s launch in late 2011 or early 2012. The HD update of Abe’s Oddysee is projected towards the end of 2012.

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6 Comments

  1. Zarckan

    Awesome! I can’t wait to get my hands on Abe’s Oddysee :D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    seeing as though i cant be arsed to read that does he say if oddworld will come to xbox?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Zarckan

    They want to, MS being dicks

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OrbitMonkey

    I played Strangers Wrath on the original xbox, so I just don’t understand MS putting the blocks on this… Is it something to do with the game size?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Zarckan

    @4 it doesn’t work on the 360 at all, crappy emulator

    #5 4 years ago
  6. matt_hargett

    Holy crap, the new character models are looking even better than they were a year ago! I’m cool with 30fps and better visual (and aural) fidelity than 60fps.

    I feel like Prince of Persia Trilogy HD could have looked and sounded much better if they had prioritized 3D and “60fps” lower in their deliverables. The same goes for all the footage shown for the Ico HD Collection: super close-ups of low-res textures is unacceptable, even if it’s at 60fps and in 3D.

    Beyond Good & Evil HD appears to have struck a better balance, and it looks like Stranger’s Wrath will do even better! I’m really excited to see such a high-quality game I loved in Xbox get the tender-loving care it needs to really shine on PS3.

    #6 4 years ago

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    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]

  • The Hunt Begins in new Bloodborne TV spot

    Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK) so excitement is starting to build. Sony isn’t helping keep us calm […]

  • World of Warcraft: you’ll soon be able to buy game time with gold

    Blizzard will soon allow World of Warcraft players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard has announced a new system that will launch soon for World of Warcraft. The system is called WoW Token. Using this system, players will be able to buy game time using in-game gold. Here’s how it […]