Hard Reset gets a new video, explanation for PC-exclusivity

Saturday, 30 July 2011 17:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Flying Wild Hog has released another video for its cyberpunk, first-person shooter Hard Reset. The game is coming exclusively to PC, and while that may be disappointing to console users, the studio has said there is a valid reason why it’s a PC-only affair.

Speaking in an interview with Gamespot, the studio’s CEO Michal Szustak said the reason Hard Reset will only be release on PC is because it is easier for a new studio to make a single-platform game.

“We really wanted to create and use our own tech,” said Szustak. “Our engine was built with one thought–to be used in a first-person shooter that uses lots of physics and destruction, with outstanding graphics and also optimized to do the job well. There are many games published on PCs that are just ports from consoles, and we all know that today the power of a current-gen console is similar to a four- to five-year-old PC.

“If you want to show some amazing graphics, it’s better and easier to develop the game for PCs. Also, in the era of movie-like shooters almost ‘on rails,’ with player-environment interaction as limited as possible, we wanted to create a game for old-school PC players, raised on all those forgotten Dooms, Quakes, and Painkillers.”

Szustak goes on to say work on Hard Reset started back in April 2009, and the reason the firm decided to show-off the game so close to release, was to avoid “two or three years of hyping.”

“Why reveal so late? We believe that players don’t like those two or three years of hyping, with lots of web site counters and teasing all the same assets,” he explained. “And after three years of waiting you finally get information saying the game will show up half a year later than promised! Then, after those six months, two more months of waiting! Personally, I really hate it.

“So we decided to show our game when it’s ready. When it’s literally done. No postponements. We want the players to trust us, and we will do our best to get them good games in the future.”

Hard Reset is slated for a September release. Watch the video below, which shows some in-game footage along with flashes of the cool cinematics seen in the previously released teaser.

Thanks, Edo.

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