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Out of time: the Free Radical story – Part Two

Free Radical’s story continues as Haze development stumbles, and a deal with Lucasarts marks the beginning of the end for the studio. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with Steve Ellis to set records straight.

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Haze headlines

  • Crytek UK wants Haze to be remembered "a little more gently than when it was released"

    Remember Haze? That shooter from Free Radical, published by Ubisoft and was a PS3 exclusive? Didn’t go down too well? Its developer wants you to remember it. A lot more “gently”.

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  • Free Radical: Technical issues with PS3 hindered Haze developement

    Free Radical’s Karl Hilton has told Develop that Haze “had a lot of development issues which meant it wasn’t the game it should have been,” and admitted that the teams problems getting the game to run on PS3. “A lot of them were technical issues,” he told the site. “The PS3 is a powerful machine […]

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  • Doak left Free Rad earlier this month, company closed

    Multiple sources have confirmed to VG247 that Free Radical is, indeed, closed. Edge has posted up a lengthy account of recent events at the firm from what looks to be a good source. Apparently founder Dave Doak left earlier this month, and is now in the process of setting up a new developer with co-founder […]

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  • IGN review "rude", says Haze community dev

    Talking with Gamerush, Haze community development manager Ubi_Wuzzi has called IGN’s 4.5/10 review of the game “rude”. “I think they’ve been pretty rude with the game,” he said. “During journalists hands-on we were really happy as anyone had fun with the game. Most of them stated that the gameplay was solid and multiplayer well balanced. […]

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  • Patch problems hit Haze co-op?

    Looks as though there may be a problem with being able to invite Friends into games in Haze. This thread‘s just popped up on the Ubisoft forums showing gamers complaining that when attempting to invite Friends into games, the title asks for a patch. Of which there isn’t one, apparently. We’re trying to get comment […]

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  • Middling Haze reviews flood in

    A number of sites published their Haze reviews last night, with the game shipping in the US yesterday and Ubisoft lifting the UK embargo on online reviews last night. The PS3-exclusive hit headlines yesterday when IGN gave it 4.5/10. This lot should give you a pretty clear picture of what’s hitting British shelves this Friday: […]

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  • The first nine minutes of Haze - video

    After the break. It’s the entire intro sequence, from loading the game to entering combat for the first time. There’s a lot of shouting involved. See for yourself.

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  • Ubisoft UK lifts embargo on online Haze reviews

    We’ve just received word from Ubisoft UK that the Friday embargo on online Haze reviews has now been lifted. Expect to see UK reviews going live from now on.

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  • Yescombe reponds to IGN Haze review: "MEGAowch"

    Free Radical scriptwriter Rob Yescombe has responded to IGN’s 4.5/10 drubbing of shooter Haze by saying he just wants people to make up their own minds. “My thoughts are ‘Owch’. No, wait – MEGAowch,” he told PSU. “Haze has had mixed reviews, but even GoldenEye got a 4/10 when it first came out. With a […]

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  • Online Haze reviews embargoed till May 23 in UK

    Update: The embargo’s been lifted. See here. According to British press sources, online Haze reviews in the UK are being strictly embargoed until May 23, the game’s release date. The news follows an eye-widening 4.5/10 from IGN this morning, and the removal of a 6/10 piece from GameReactor yesterday, after caused by a broken embargo. […]

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  • IGN gives Haze 4.5/10

    Update: UK reviews have been embargoed until Friday. See here. Update two: Ubi’s now lifted the review embargo. See here. Oh dear. This could get nasty. IGN’s published its Haze review, and it’s a woeful 4.5/10. The sound you can hear is one of an almost-certain universal kicking. Unless there’s been a glitch in the […]

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  • Men use Haze to try to get multiplayer date with Fragdoll

    Gametrailers has upped a Blind Date video featuring Haze project lead, Derek Littlewood and Rob Yescombe (screenwriter) trying to win a multiplayer date with Kitt from the UK Frag Dolls. They answer specific questions aimed at highlighting the various features of Haze and inject their own special brand of humour. We can’t think of anything […]

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  • New Haze gameplay footage

    Gamespot Australia has some new movie footage of Free Radical’s Haze. Beware spoilers and bad language, apparently. Click the red words. By Mike Bowden

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  • Haze not in HD, confirms Littlewood

    In an interview with Ripten, Haze creative lead Derek Littlewood confirmed that – contrary to reports on the Playstation blog – the game does not run in high definition. The shooter runs in 1024×576 (576p) and not 1024×720 (720p), meaning it leaves the PS3 to upscale. Littlewood, however, doesn’t see what the fuss is about: […]

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  • First Haze reviews are mixed bag

    The first Haze reviews are in, and it looks as though the kids are split so far. Ubi’s confirmed that Famitsu’s given the Free Radical shooter 34/40, and that the Italian PSM’s marked it 9/10. Haze is amazing! Unfortunately, Nordic bastion Gamereactor’s given it 6/10. Haze is just above average! The game’s out this week […]

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  • Haze has mandatory 4Gb install

    Teh internets are less than happy about this. Ubisoft’s confirmed that Haze will have a mandatory 4Gb install. Reckon it’ll take over 20 minutes? “You will need to go through a minimal install (about 4 Gigs) but not the whole game,” said Haze’s community manager, speaking here. The Free Radical shooter’s out next Friday, PS3-only.

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  • Haze demo - impressions

    We downloaded the Haze demo yesterday. At last, we could actually play the game free from all the exclusivity shenanigans; free from the talk of the how’s and why’s of the delay; free from all the politics – it was just us and the game. Finally. Is it any good? See after the link.

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  • Haze demo live in the UK, US tomorrow

    The Haze demo is up on the UK PSN now, as promised, and will be with our American cousins tomorrow, according to this Gaming Today piece. The shooter fully releases on May 23.Don’t forget that it’s a PS3 exclusive, kids.

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  • Demo to feature opening level, says Haze creative lead

    Talking to videogaming247, Haze creative head Derek Littlewood has confirmed that the shooter’s demo, to be released on PSN on May 6 as part of the forthcoming Playstation Day, will feature the game’s opening level. “It’s the first mission in the game,” said Littlewood. “You take on the role of Shane Carpenter as a Mantel […]

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Haze Latest

  • Out of time: the Free Radical story – Part Two

    Free Radical’s story continues as Haze development stumbles, and a deal with Lucasarts marks the beginning of the end for the studio. VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with Steve Ellis to set records straight.

  • Crytek UK wants Haze to be remembered “a little more gently than when it was released”

    Remember Haze? That shooter from Free Radical, published by Ubisoft and was a PS3 exclusive? Didn’t go down too well? Its developer wants you to remember it. A lot more “gently”.

  • Free Radical: Technical issues with PS3 hindered Haze developement

    Free Radical’s Karl Hilton has told Develop that Haze “had a lot of development issues which meant it wasn’t the game it should have been,” and admitted that the teams problems getting the game to run on PS3. “A lot of them were technical issues,” he told the site. “The PS3 is a powerful machine […]

  • Doak left Free Rad earlier this month, company closed

    Multiple sources have confirmed to VG247 that Free Radical is, indeed, closed. Edge has posted up a lengthy account of recent events at the firm from what looks to be a good source. Apparently founder Dave Doak left earlier this month, and is now in the process of setting up a new developer with co-founder […]

  • IGN review “rude”, says Haze community dev

    Talking with Gamerush, Haze community development manager Ubi_Wuzzi has called IGN’s 4.5/10 review of the game “rude”. “I think they’ve been pretty rude with the game,” he said. “During journalists hands-on we were really happy as anyone had fun with the game. Most of them stated that the gameplay was solid and multiplayer well balanced. […]

  • Patch problems hit Haze co-op?

    Looks as though there may be a problem with being able to invite Friends into games in Haze. This thread‘s just popped up on the Ubisoft forums showing gamers complaining that when attempting to invite Friends into games, the title asks for a patch. Of which there isn’t one, apparently. We’re trying to get comment […]

  • Middling Haze reviews flood in

    A number of sites published their Haze reviews last night, with the game shipping in the US yesterday and Ubisoft lifting the UK embargo on online reviews last night. The PS3-exclusive hit headlines yesterday when IGN gave it 4.5/10. This lot should give you a pretty clear picture of what’s hitting British shelves this Friday: […]

  • The first nine minutes of Haze – video

    After the break. It’s the entire intro sequence, from loading the game to entering combat for the first time. There’s a lot of shouting involved. See for yourself.

  • Ubisoft UK lifts embargo on online Haze reviews

    We’ve just received word from Ubisoft UK that the Friday embargo on online Haze reviews has now been lifted. Expect to see UK reviews going live from now on.

  • Yescombe reponds to IGN Haze review: “MEGAowch”

    Free Radical scriptwriter Rob Yescombe has responded to IGN’s 4.5/10 drubbing of shooter Haze by saying he just wants people to make up their own minds. “My thoughts are ‘Owch’. No, wait – MEGAowch,” he told PSU. “Haze has had mixed reviews, but even GoldenEye got a 4/10 when it first came out. With a […]

  • Online Haze reviews embargoed till May 23 in UK

    Update: The embargo’s been lifted. See here. According to British press sources, online Haze reviews in the UK are being strictly embargoed until May 23, the game’s release date. The news follows an eye-widening 4.5/10 from IGN this morning, and the removal of a 6/10 piece from GameReactor yesterday, after caused by a broken embargo. […]

  • IGN gives Haze 4.5/10

    Update: UK reviews have been embargoed until Friday. See here. Update two: Ubi’s now lifted the review embargo. See here. Oh dear. This could get nasty. IGN’s published its Haze review, and it’s a woeful 4.5/10. The sound you can hear is one of an almost-certain universal kicking. Unless there’s been a glitch in the […]

  • Men use Haze to try to get multiplayer date with Fragdoll

    Gametrailers has upped a Blind Date video featuring Haze project lead, Derek Littlewood and Rob Yescombe (screenwriter) trying to win a multiplayer date with Kitt from the UK Frag Dolls. They answer specific questions aimed at highlighting the various features of Haze and inject their own special brand of humour. We can’t think of anything […]

  • New Haze gameplay footage

    Gamespot Australia has some new movie footage of Free Radical’s Haze. Beware spoilers and bad language, apparently. Click the red words. By Mike Bowden

  • Haze not in HD, confirms Littlewood

    In an interview with Ripten, Haze creative lead Derek Littlewood confirmed that – contrary to reports on the Playstation blog – the game does not run in high definition. The shooter runs in 1024×576 (576p) and not 1024×720 (720p), meaning it leaves the PS3 to upscale. Littlewood, however, doesn’t see what the fuss is about: […]

  • First Haze reviews are mixed bag

    The first Haze reviews are in, and it looks as though the kids are split so far. Ubi’s confirmed that Famitsu’s given the Free Radical shooter 34/40, and that the Italian PSM’s marked it 9/10. Haze is amazing! Unfortunately, Nordic bastion Gamereactor’s given it 6/10. Haze is just above average! The game’s out this week […]

  • Haze has mandatory 4Gb install

    Teh internets are less than happy about this. Ubisoft’s confirmed that Haze will have a mandatory 4Gb install. Reckon it’ll take over 20 minutes? “You will need to go through a minimal install (about 4 Gigs) but not the whole game,” said Haze’s community manager, speaking here. The Free Radical shooter’s out next Friday, PS3-only.

  • Haze demo – impressions

    We downloaded the Haze demo yesterday. At last, we could actually play the game free from all the exclusivity shenanigans; free from the talk of the how’s and why’s of the delay; free from all the politics – it was just us and the game. Finally. Is it any good? See after the link.

  • Haze demo live in the UK, US tomorrow

    The Haze demo is up on the UK PSN now, as promised, and will be with our American cousins tomorrow, according to this Gaming Today piece. The shooter fully releases on May 23.Don’t forget that it’s a PS3 exclusive, kids.

  • Demo to feature opening level, says Haze creative lead

    Talking to videogaming247, Haze creative head Derek Littlewood has confirmed that the shooter’s demo, to be released on PSN on May 6 as part of the forthcoming Playstation Day, will feature the game’s opening level. “It’s the first mission in the game,” said Littlewood. “You take on the role of Shane Carpenter as a Mantel […]

  • Haze demo on PSN next week as part of PlayStation Day

    According to the official European PlayStation boards, the Haze demo will be added to the European PSN next Tuesday as part of SCEE’s PlayStation Day. They’ve given the full content up date for next week over there. PlayStation Day should be great, by the way. Roll on Tuesday.

  • Haze demo confirmed for “early May”

    Ubisoft’s just confirmed a four-player co-op and campaign demo for PSN release in May. “Coming exclusively to the PlayStation Network in early May, this playable demo will give gamers a taste of not only the single-player campaign in Haze, but will also allow up to four-player, drop-in drop-out co-op play online,” the company said in […]

  • Haze dated as May 23 in Europe

    Ubisoft just confirmed that Haze will release in Europe on May 23. The ship-date for the Free Radical shooter has been the subject of much speculation in the past few months. Most recently, Ubisoft confirmed a May 22 date before immediately retracting it. Hopefully this’ll be the last we hear of the PS3 exclusive before […]

  • Ubisoft retracts May 22 date for Haze

    Ubisoft has just sent out a release schedule with a note that the May 22 release date for Haze confirmed yesterday is incorrect. “Please note: Change to Haze release date is MAY release,” said a spokesperson. “Confirmation of the release date soon.”

  • Haze confirmed for May 22

    Haze is now down for a May 22 release date, Ubisoft has just confirmed. The Free Radical shooter was previously tagged as “May”. It’s PS3-only. For a bit. Maybe.

  • Haze on PS3 “for now”

    Jesus fuck. This is just depressing. Ubisoft has apparently now said that Haze is only on PS3 “for now”, despite everyone involved with the game for the past three years saying it was a PS3 exclusive. We’ve sent Ubisoft a “please, please just say once and for all what’s going on with it” email.

  • For the billionth time, Haze is PS3 exclusive

    Look, we know, OK? Free Radical’s shooter is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Ubisoft said this again at Play.com Live this weekend, reiterating the fact it’ll never come out on Xbox 360. No one knows why but the developer and Ubisoft, and it’ll probably stay that way. Can we drop it now?

  • Haze script is over 1,000 pages long

    According to the promo movie below, the script for Haze is now over 1,000 pages long. That’s a world of pages. The video follows script writer Rob Yascombe as he runs around the studio with a gun interviewing people. It’s Friday, OK?

  • Game to follow Free Rad’s Haze won’t be platform-exclusive, hints dev

    Speaking here, Derek Littlewood, project lead on Free Radical’s PS3-exclusive shooter Haze, has hinted that we can expect the company’s next project to be multi-format. “As soon as Haze is done I’ll be throwing myself into a tricky duo of projects: ‘Having a life’ and ‘Remembering what my family look like’,” he said. “Release platforms […]

  • Haze for May in Europe

    Ubisoft just confirmed that PS3 exclusive Haze will release in Europe in May. The Free Radical shooter was announced for a May release in the US yesterday.