Today’s news roundup sees Epic vice president Mark Rein announce Natal support for the Gears of War series, Crytek UK reveal their plans in creating a “defining game series” with their new original IP, and Konami release the Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker demo for download.
Epic Vice President Announces Gears of War Natal Support
Mark Rein, vice president of Epic games revealed some rather interesting news concerning Epic’s plans for Natal. With the likes of Gears of War and Unreal Tournament under their belts, Natal will benefit hugely from Epic’s support. “We're just sitting down with [Natal] in the next two weeks, I think, to bring our studio guys in to have a look,” Rein said.
In regards to Gears of War Rein announced “I have no idea where we're going from a game standpoint, but from an engine standpoint, it's definitely cool stuff and we will support it. I think any future Xbox games we make will have some Natal support. We always want to have something that exploits the unique capabilities of a platform.” Rein believes everyone will want a piece of the action when Natal hits, claiming Epic can provide the engine for that “'oh my god' really cool Natal experience,” because everyone just loves oh my god really cool experiences. [OXM]
Crytek UK Hope to Create “Defining Game Series” With New IP
Crytek UK emerged from the ashes of Free Radical after their purchase by Crytek earlier this year. Anyone familiar with Free Radical will know they worked on the successful TimeSplitters series a few years back, boosting several development staff from the classic GoldenEye 007 on the N64. Now it looks like Crytek UK are ready to tackle a new shooter property, one they hope will put them back on the map.
“We are currently concepting up an original IP that we hope will become a defining game series for the UK studio,” said Studio manager Karl Hilton. “However, in reality, the opportunity to make any kind of original FPS genre game where we get to focus on the quality of both the multiplayer and single player experience is what drives people at the studio.” Hilton believes the strong level of creativity in the team is something that can take Crytek and the CryENGINE 3 forward. More details as they come available. [Develop-Online]
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Demo Available For Download
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker’s appearance at Tokyo Game Show demonstrated the games new control scheme and new gameplay implementations. The game received heavy praise from fans and critics alike, but now you can see for yourself if it’s really worth all the fuss. The Peace Walker demo from the Tokyo Game Show has been released for download by Konami.
The demo features a few of the new multiplayer missions, and a brief tutorial. There might be one slight hitch however. The demo is only available in Japanese, so be prepared to be feel a bit lost. As long as you can get to grips with the controls you should be able to give it a go. Peace Walker is currently set for an unspecified 2010 release on the PSP. [1UP]