Sunday Q&As

  • Precursors
    Could “The Precursors” be the First True Role-Playing First-Person Shooter? on GameZone explores this question that could cause a bit of system shock in some readers: "First of all, it is an open world game filled with NPCs with their own story. You can take objectives from these NPCs and accomplish missions for them. During game play you gain money and experience points. Money can be used for purchasing different kinds of weapons, bullets, upgrades, vehicles, medicine, food etc. Meanwhile experience points give you the opportunity to improve your character and add some perks. Say perk 'diver' will give you more time to be underwater. If you have a mission to take something from a deep lake or ocean, you are not able to accomplish it until you have this perk, because you won't have enough breath to dive to the target."
  • DUSK-12
    The DUSK-12 Q&A on Gameguru Mania talks with Aliona Vasnetsova about DUSK-12, Orion's upcoming futuristic first-person shooter: "Indeed, one of the features of the game is the innovative physics that uses PhysX engine with support of the hardware accelerator. The environment will be almost fully interactive and destructible. The character will be able to take and carry various objects, for example, to make a heap from boards, boxes, barrels etc., and to use this 'construction' to get to some place he needs. Or during the street fight the player can take, for example, the door of the car and use it as a shield from the enemy. Many objects can be destroyed even without some specific goal, just for fun. In some levels the player should drive a car, and usually it's necessary also to take down some obstacles and barricades on your way. Besides, thanks to PhysX you will see plenty of nice effects such as water and textile effects, realistic volumetric explosions and many other impressive things."
  • Robert Garriott
    Robert Garriott on the Evolving MMO Market on GameDaily BIZ offers a Q&A with Lord British's brother, who acts as a stand in to discuss MMOGs: "The problem in the online game space is that they take a long time to develop and you really have to train your team and you don't learn if you kill a product; the team never learns. You have to learn a lot about the customer and about the product by shipping products. Even if they're not quite as successful financially as other ones, I think the experience and knowledge you gain, even from failures, is quite dramatic. So almost any product you look at and say 'Hey, this product was a failure for some reason,' I think there are a lot of really good lessons as an industry we've learned from those."
  • Richard Garriott
    Seems like Richard Garriott blew off GDB for VE, as there's An Audience with Lord British on Voodoo Extreme talking with the famed designer about progress on Tabula Rasa, and more: "So just before Christmas break we started with outside beta testers—what we call 'friends and family'—[and] we've been slowly expanding a few hundred at a time. In the next build, we're going to be moving up to the point where we'll be bringing in thousands of people at a time—and pretty soon going to closed beta within a month or so, where we'll have hopefully tens of thousands…then later in the summer to Open Beta where we have basically anyone who wants to play. So we're in that final push to launch at this stage. Tabula Rasa will come out this year. We don't have a public specific date yet, but definitely the light is at the end of the tunnel. We're tying up the loose ends and polishing it up so we can get it out the door. "
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Precursors has had quite a few precursors. It is not even close to being the first, other than setting the game outdoors. I'm not even sure about that one, because Oblivion was pretty close to an FPS-RPG already.

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