The Company disclose the specifications of its Nintendo console Revolution. German studio CryTek sells all rights to use the brand «Far Cry». Nival Interactive and "New Disc" announce the project "Day Watch". Company 4Head Studios announces action-RPG Beowulf. No one knows Ukrainian studio presents ambitious action «Collapse: Devastated World». All of the most interesting events of the gaming industry - in our next review.
Of course, most often in the news this week, the light of reports about all kinds of announcements. And as a long-awaited project, and those which previously was not possible to hear. For example, the announcement of the "Day Watch", which is engaged in the development, of course, Nival Interactive, has been long overdue, even despite the fact that the previous game in the universe created by Sergei Lukyanenko, was received very mixed. But the games in the genre of "action" in the third person from the German company 4Head Studios, known for its success in the field of economic policies, could not expect one. However, before we begin, let me welcome all of you!
Start Today, we have decided to review the news on the specifications of the next generation console from Nintendo. You have long been aware that the main struggle going on between technology Microsoft, Sony and the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Nintendo just announced that the technical characteristics of its offspring will be inferior to competitors, but the main focus of next-gen games for the Revolution will be placed the gameplay. Frankly, we have assumed that the console from Nintendo will play on an equal footing with the heavyweights in the face of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but released last week brought a slight disappointment information. Judge for yourself: the role of the central processor chip performs Revolution Broadway from the company IBM. It is built on the PowerPC architecture and is clocked at 729 MHz. Over the graphics chip, codenamed Hollywood labored company ATI. It has 3 MB of memory for textures, and the frequency is 243 MHz. Amount of RAM for a total of 88 MB.
If you face the truth, then these parameters Revolution can not compete on an equal only to that of the first Xbox. Next to the rest of it is nothing. However, the company strongly believes in the success of this approach and says that it will cost the console in times cheaper than its competitors. According to unconfirmed information, while the price of Revolution may be only $ 150. Standard on the Xbox 360 sold for $ 299, extended - for $ 399, while the price of the PlayStation 3 could reach $ 400-450. As you can see, the difference is very significant. If you dig deeper, the next-gen consoles, Nintendo is cheaper than the PlayStation Portable, for which Japan is now asking $ 199.
According to the company, will focus on online services and games. Guide Nintendo were very pleased with how fast gaining popularity Wi-Fi service for portable consoles DS. However, we can say that the chances are Nintendo seem preferable: the players already know what the Xbox Live, and soon will become familiar with a similar service from Sony.
Together with the specifications Revolution Nintendo reported that the simultaneous launch of a new gaming platform in all key regions of the world will not. The company fears that the Sync Start will face the same problems as Microsoft, which to this day can not fully meet the demand for Xbox 360. It turns out that the November Revolution will be launched in only one region. And this region is likely to become Japan. So, as far as Europe and the United States will reach later this console than the PlayStation 3, which still will start simultaneously in Japan, US and Europe.
We now turn to the announcements of new games. The German company 4HEAD Studios, the one that showed the world the magnificent medieval economic strategy «Europe 1400: The Guild» and is preparing «The Guild 2", officially unveiled the game to try a new genre - the third-person shooter. We are talking about the game «Beowulf». You know what to do just eksheny already profitable, interesting and generally unfashionable. Therefore, this project will be seasoned with elements of role-playing games and puzzles flavored style of classic "adventure."
The main «Beowulf» is the northern mythology and, in particular, the tradition of a hero named Beowulf, famous for its victories over all sorts of trolls and dragons. The most interesting feature that can be learned from the first portion of the information provided, will the combat system. At the main character will not be any pre-prepared combination of punches. Instead, the developers give the player full freedom, and all sorts of combos will have to dress to go. Thus it is possible to assume that a player will have a number of parameters, of which at least as far as the passage can be combined increasingly different strokes. In the first screenshot is difficult to make any conclusions about the schedule, but the picture of the landscape looks very artistic. Developers promise as realistic physics, dynamic lighting and other pleasures implemented modern "iron".
Publisher This project is not found, however, despite this, the release is scheduled for December this year. A target platform will be the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and of course, the PC.
Young Ukrainian company calling itself CREOTEAM (with obvious "zakosom" under the name of the Croatian team Croteam, which created the famous series «Serious Sam»), announced a project «Collapse: Devastated World». Genre games is declared as «non-stop action from the third party." Non-stop action as we understand it is something like «Painkiller» or the same «Serious Sam» - shoot, the mouse is not overheated and melted the carpet. But a third person - he was in New Zealand a third person.
The project is still in the early stages of development, but the first screenshots look very dignified. Publisher of course, is not found. With this purpose, the developers show «Collapse: Devastated World» on «Fair projects" which will be held this weekend as part of the fourth annual "Game Developers Conference" (GDC 2006).
The main feature of «Collapse» from above «Painkiller» and «Serious Sam» will arsenal. Here we see how firearms and bladed weapons. Thus, we can conclude that eventually appear in front of us third-person shooter mixed with a classic slasher. According to the developers, the player will be available to various combinations of punches. More detailed conclusions can be made after the CWI, which, by the way, our life will be a great present composition.
The company Nival Interactive in conjunction with the publishing house "New Disc" announced the second game in the universe of the writer Lukyanenko - "Day Watch". The development of this project is owned Nival'u Ekaterinburg company Targem Games, which created a good game «Ex Machina».
Judging by the screenshots, the game will be based on the same engine, which was created on the basis of well-known domestic gamers "Operation Silent Storm». The plot is completely based on original work Lukyanenko, as well as the recent adaptation (I wonder how the supposed link between these two works? - Approx. Ed.). The player will have to stand on the side of the Dark Forces. The first official presentation of the game will be held at GDC 2006, and while it is possible to note a few features. Firstly, the new game will allow you to create complex combination spells. And for the realization of very complex variations require the participation of several Others. Second, the player is now allowed to change the appearance of the character that, by the assurance of the creators, will have a big impact on gameplay. It will increase as the power of all the characters in the game and the difficulty that hardcore players should enjoy. Release is scheduled for the third quarter of this year. And our subjective impressions about the new game in the universe patrols we can share with you after the official presentation at GDC 2006.
Meanwhile, the German studio Crytek sold all rights to the brand «Far Cry» publisher Ubisoft Entertainment. Thus, the fate of games under that name entirely depends on French giant. The publisher has also received the right to use the engine Cry Engine, or rather, his «Far Cry»-modification. As for future plans Crytek, something about them, we have already reported in the survey, "The gaming industry from 23 to 29 January. Events. Facts. Comments. "
Recall that the new draft ambitious German studio is called «Crysis». The action of the game will take place on an island in the Pacific Ocean, where there were huge asteroid falling, brought to earth a dangerous alien race seeking to freeze the planet to create favorable conditions for its existence.
In addition, «Crysis» will be the first game using DirectX 10. Here and fourth-generation shaders and HDR Lighting, all the charm of which we can evaluate in «Half Life 2: Lost Coast», and other unseen beauty. It should also be recalled that the developers are trying to create for the game one huge level, which will not be divided into separate locations. The release promises to happen at the end of this year. A new detail we, of course, will tell you as they come in our next release.
In this review we will finish today. This time, he was a bit shorter than usual. The ensuing week promises to be much more intense in the game events than the previous one. Coming GDC 2006 visit that, we can tell you a lot about the events in the domestic gaming industry. Look for details about the new game projects in the next review of category "World Events", as well as a large report about the event. Behind this we'll say goodbye and promise midweek please complete overview «The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion».