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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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19 Comments

  1. OrbitMonkey

    Good for them, hope it sells a bucket load :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    I’m gonna buy it just to support this kind of effort between a developers and their customers.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. xino

    @2 good luck with that.
    I’m such other 70% will not care and torrent the hell out of the game.

    devs should have just sticked to consoles:)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Overdos3

    @3

    Thank you for your retard comment :).

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    I’ll get it a year after release, on console (or its sequel, whatever). If its any good, of course.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    Industry need to wake up from arrogant children like @2,

    and create original games for the PC. Since this generation games in 90% stagnated with:

    1) crappy 6 year old visuals
    2) Crappy AI
    3) Ports
    4) 5-6 year old physics
    5) linear games in most cases with old running and gunning gameplay from 1999

    PS: I will support this game, i don’t know if Polish developers can do something decent in FPS area.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. lkm

    Erthazus@ do you know why its like this? because 60-70% of pc gamers today don’t have the money to buy the same pc you have! Stop complaining!!!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. endgame

    Erth does have a point. supporting devs just because they have good intentions (or because they have the same intentions that u do) is wrong. I’ve just bought E.Y.E. and I got burned. that game is so old. graphics r bad but I could live with that if only the lvl design and the gameplay wouldn’t have been so bad. I was so desperate to play a good shooter and I just didn’t know what. oh why does Deus Ex have to come out so late in the month!? :((

    #8 4 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @6: “Polish developers can do something decent in FPS area.”

    Your stupidity knows no boundaries, does it? That’s the third time i see you complaining about Polish Developers. Might want to shut up.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Freek

    Could we all please just stop feeding the trol? An ignore button would help, but we can first just stop responding to the pointless flame baiting that is turning VG247 into a horrible place where no sane discussion is possible.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Edo

    They are risking a lot with this game(no MP,late announcement)and yes,Flying Wild Hog definitely deserves support simply for daring to do something that other many grabbing developers are not!
    P.S.You are most welcome :) .

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Ge0force

    I’m looking forward to this game! I really enjoy a “real” shooter without casual aids (health generation, automatic cover system, golden trail etc.)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. _LarZen_

    Im ready! Got my Nvidia 590 today, so bring it! :D

    #13 4 years ago
  14. jacobvandy

    E.Y.E. is fantastic. Played it for like 4 hours straight last night, had to stop myself to go to sleep. It’s an indie game based on the Source engine, BTW, if you were expecting AAA for $18 you’re a bit daft.

    I’m looking forward to Hard Reset, as well. People Can Fly + CD Projekt RED is enough to interest me, but their respect for the PC platform and of course the game itself puts it over the top.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. blackdreamhunk

    sweet sweet i will buy it :)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. triggerhappy

    September?? Thats next month. Nearly. When I first heard about this last week I thought it was years off. Definitely interested.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Hybridpsycho

    I will definetly try this. I hope they market it properly the upcoming month though, if not they can lose quite alot on it.

    @7 A good Gaming PC is NOT expensive, and you’ll save quite alot over time since the games normally cost less than half of what the console games do, ESPECIALLY if they’ve been out for 1-3 months.

    Also, I do like the idea that they’re announcing this so late. As I said earlier though I hope they can market it enough to get some word out their quickly at least.

    I think they’ll sell a bit more since people now will go like “oooh, I want this game.” and not having to wait 12-24 months for it is a huge positive (not enough time to change your mind ;p ).

    @Erthazus

    You really gotta stop being so negative though mate, you act like those stupid movie critics you see on TV-shows “Lord of the Rings was NOT A good movie, but this old movie with a shitty hidden message was really good for several reasons!”

    Not sure if you’re exactly like that, but that’s how you come off imo. Also, if you’re looking for innovation, look amongst the Indie games man. Even free ones, you really need to try more games it seems.

    I’m a to-be game-designer myself and there’s some really awesome shit being created by people I know. :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. ovi

    i dont care about the game, probably its a decent FPS nothing more. but i will support the shit out oft this, because the man is right.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. The Evil Pope

    Why wouldn’t they make this a PC exclusive, it’s the best platform out there. Period.

    #19 4 years ago

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    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]

  • Invisible Inc. is coming to PS4 and has left Steam Early Access

    Invisible Inc., from Don’t Starve developers Klei Entertainment, has been announced for PlayStation 4 and the game has also a release date on PC. The game has now left Steam Early Access and will arrive on PC May 12. Per a post from studio founder Jamie Cheng on the PS Blog, the game will contain […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance DLC dated for PC and PlayStation

    The Ascendance DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now has a release date for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. It contains four new maps, the OHM 2-in-1 directed energy light machine gun, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the new Exo Grapple ability and playlist. The Infection episode of the exo Zombies saga […]

  • Killing Floor 2 PC specs and Digital Deluxe Edition contents announced by Tripwire

    A Digital Deluxe Edition for Killing Floor 2 along with PC specs for the title have been announced, along with the new of a Steam Early Access launch later this month. According to Tripwire Interactive, the Digital Deluxe Edition will run you $39.99/£26.99/€36.99 starting on April 21 on Steam. This edition contains the following additions […]

  • Content in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood tips its hat to Return to Castle Wolfenstein

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, the standalone prequel to last year’s Wolfenstein: The New Order, will contain a few nods to the franchise classic Return to Castle Wolfenstein, according to the developers. According to developer MachineGames, the setting works “well with the pulp B-movie thing we’re going for,” and created a prequel instead of DLC for […]

  • Bloodborne is the latest to receive the Honest Game Trailers treatment

    Smosh Games has released another entry in its Honest Game Trailers series, and this time, it’s poking Bloodborne. According to the trailer, the game is “more disturbing” than the scene in South Park: The Stick of Truth where you are “crushed by your own Dad’s balls.” It also has more “stupid top hats than a […]