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Steam Controller: Creative Assembly could make a controller configuration for Total War: Rome 2 “within half an hour, certainly within an hour”

Friday, 4 October 2013 18:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Creative Assembly was able to try out Valve’s Steam Controller and according to the developers, it could put out a controller configuration file together for Total War: Rome 2 “within half an hour, certainly within an hour.”

Speaking with PCgamesN, brand manager Rob Bartholomew said the team, after logging into Steam, scrolled over to Rome Total War 2, hit Go “just messed around with the default controls.”

“Now obviously, it’s just the standard Steam default control setting that applies to all new games that are booted up that don’t have developer customized control settings, so the trackpad on the right moved the mouse around, and the trackpad on the left moved the camera around in Battle and Campaign, and the triggers did left and right output,” he said.

“And that’s all that any user could do, but if we were designing the next Total War or looking at Rome 2 and wanting to release an official CA Rome 2 control config file, I reckon we could get something within half an hour, certainly within an hour.

“The whole team felt pretty good about that being the control mechanism, and then we could just release that online and guys can share that or customise or add to it or just scrap the whole thing and design their own control config for the controller.”

Bartholomew said the team would have to make “some concessions” to the controller in the game’s UI before its launch but users will have the same flexibility as keyboard and mouse “at least 99% of the time”.

It sounds rather interesting and you can read more on the team’s thoughts through the link.

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28 Comments

  1. yeoung

    I like personalizing controller input. I was the kid in Street Fighter who always had to make some quick changes even before starting a new game. It’s still the very first thing I do with a new game, had on over to options, check to see if there’s a controller config option, and just go to town.

    Inverting the Y axis, aiming/shooting L1/R1 instead of the triggers, playing footies with the d-pad rather than a thumbstick. The bigger the amount of options, the more pre-game fun, the more hyped I get for actually starting the game.

    Definitely an interesting (looking) product.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Xbone

    Customizing your keybind is always a good thing.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. pcbros

    @1 – Me too :) I always had to make sure L/H Punch & Kick were on the face buttons.

    This is definitely a great feature.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    Here you go. If that’s true then Steam controller won.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. pcbros

    Makes you wonder why most companies don’t allow you to customize your controller.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the Steam Machine…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheWulf

    This is good.

    As I said before, what makes me happiest about this isn’t that it’s Valve or anything of the sort (I use a 360 pad), but rather that it’s innovation. It’s making people think differently about things and reconsider what they’ve always been doing. Otherwise you get into this stagnant rut where nothing changes and nothing improves, and that can happen for years at a time. When was the last controller innovation?

    Sometimes it’s a very good idea to reinvent the wheel, because the wheel becomes obfuscated an inefficient over time. Then it’s time for a new, better wheel, and that’s what invention is all about. Some pioneers love to prove this quite literally.

    So I’m glad this is happening, and I hope it makes all pad manufacturers re-evaluate what they’ve accepted as given fact for over a decade now.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Osric

    I would really appreciate every having a perfect predefined controller setup, but obviously any game not letting you customize your control (maybe you’re missing a finger or something) is a little wrong.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Llewelyn_MT

    Why would you want to play a broken game anyway?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. viralshag

    So glad I was right about more people gaming on the PC with a pad. Funny one person who loves that idea now tried to call that BS not so long ago.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dragon

    ^Who might that be? The one and only infamous PC retard? :D

    #10 2 years ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @9 & especially 10

    At least have the balls to directly attack him. Otherwise it’s just bitchy and weak.

    Also @9 this isn’t really the same as gaming on PC with a 360 pad if RTS’s can be controlled easily.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dragon

    ^You mad Wilson? You exactly aren’t naming either.
    Poor Wilson, still cant ignore others.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet

    @12

    Yeah, I hate cowards.

    I ‘named’ through number attachments as I couldn’t be arsed to write the names so:

    Viralshag & especially Dragon246 if that makes you feel any better?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. monkeygourmet

    @Dragon

    If I didn’t give you a mild bit of attention, you’d pretty much cease to exist on this forum… Is that what you want?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    Why should I name him? He knows who he is and so what if it’s a little bitchy? He’s quite capable of replying to it if he wishes and doesn’t need a protector.

    And please explain how this is different? To me that pad looks a lot more like a controller than a keyboard. I never said it has to be a 360 pad, Steam innovated but they wouldn’t have done it if there wasn’t a need to and obviously to game on the PC in the living room, a pad will be needed for most.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dragon

    @Wilson,
    I LOL’d hard. Good one.
    I am not really interested in talking with banned people. Have a good day Wilson.
    That is, if you have the “balls” to ignore me. Otherwise you come as just bitchy and weak.

    @Viral,
    +1000
    ” He’s quite capable of replying to it if he wishes and doesn’t need a protector. ”
    Yup. Wonder why anyone is protecting that guy?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. monkeygourmet

    @Viral

    Because he may not even read it if his names not tagged. Not only will he not be able to reply, but he def won’t be able to think, ‘yeah, I was wrong on that one’ and potentially change his view.

    The only purpose it serves are for people who dislike him getting a hard on. See @10 (Dragon246),it’s a perfect example.

    As for the pad, (I can only assume here), but given that it’s supposed to work with RTS’s (article states), it can bridge the gap between keyboard and pad. Thats asolutly huge and integral to the Steam Machine working in the living room space IMO.

    Keyboard & Mouse is better for FPS on PC’s. If you play with a 360 pad you’ll get merked pretty damn quick. If Valve has created a ‘pad’ that can even mildly compete with K & M FPS players, then they are onto a winner. I think that is what they are trying to achieve although the proof is in the pudding.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Joe Musashi

    “The enemy of my enemy is my frend.”

    JM

    #18 2 years ago
  19. viralshag

    I think you’re assuming again. The disadvantage for a pad user is there but it doesn’t make it impossible. There’s plenty of good players with a KB/M and there’s still plenty of bad ones. If you’re good with a pad you can still compete you just won’t hit top of the table often.

    And we all know he won’t agree or change his view. So at most it would have been a comment lost to the internet but I can only assume you’re prolonging the comment so there will be some sort of conflict. He didn’t reply to me when I mentioned his name in the announcement article so I can assume the same would happen here but if he wants to discuss it that’s fine with me.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    @18

    Did you eat some fortune cookies this morning?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dragon

    @18,
    Ha. Typical of guys like him.

    @19,
    “So at most it would have been a comment lost to the internet but I can only assume you’re prolonging the comment so there will be some sort of conflict.”
    Was there any doubt about that being the only intention?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. monkeygourmet

    @29

    I must admit, I’m only going on people’s descriptions of playing a FPS (PC) online with a pad. I think this pad needs to be tried before casting too much judgement. A lot of devs gave favourable impressions, and anything that mixes things up and has a positive impact is to be encouraged, shirley?

    As for Erth, yeah your right, he won’t change his view. Something tells me he views this product in a different way to a 360 pad though… You’d have to ask him if that’s the case though.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. monkeygourmet

    @21

    “I’m not really interested in talking with banned people”

    Agrees with Shatner.

    That lasted long.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. monkeygourmet

    … It’s not the same without LegendaryBoss’s popcorn.gif!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Joe Musashi

    @18 You muppet. You can’t even spell “friend”. Loser.

    JM

    #25 2 years ago
  26. monkeygourmet

    gets popcorn…

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view7/3645816/raccoon-popcorn-o.gif

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Lengendaryboss

    @24/26
    LOL! You’re missing one :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. pcbros

    I still think it’s cool you can configure the OwlPad.

    #28 2 years ago

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    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]