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From id's Neat Surprise to Del Toro's Volition - News Roundup 12th August 2010

Jonathan Lester
3D, Crysis 2, Crytek, Games news, Guillermo del Toro, id, Quakecon, RAGE, THQ, Volition Inc.
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Saints Row Developer Teams Up With Del Toro?

From id's Neat Surprise to Del Toro's Volition - News Roundup 12th August 2010

Volition, the developers behind Saints Row and Red Facti0n, are reportedly working on a brand new action RPG. According to a new job listing on the Volition website, they're searching for a new design director for the project... as well as an interesting tidbit about potential collaboration.

"[We're] collaborating with a high-powered creative talent in the entertainment industry to develop this original, unannounced franchise".

High-powered creative talent, eh? Like... Guillermo del Toro, for example? Considering that the director's finalising talks with THQ (who own Volition) and is looking to get into gaming in a big way, this can't be a coincidence.

Crytek: Our "Games Will Be 3D Now And In The Future."

From id's Neat Surprise to Del Toro's Volition - News Roundup 12th August 2010

3D gaming is currently a divisive that frequently leads to heated arguments, wailing and rending of garments. We still haven't made up our minds whether 3D gaming is the future or a fad... but Crytek have.

“Crysis on consoles for us is pretty much taking the ground that Crysis games will be 3D now and in the future. Console gamers haven’t seen [the original] Crysis yet and when we launch Crysis 2 it’s kind of like a re-launch of the franchise. We want to make sure people associate the Crysis brand with 3D gaming in the future”- Cervat Yerli to CVG

Yerli and Crytek genuinely believe that 3D gaming is destined to be massive and will take off once the first "affordable" 3D televisions start to appear and some triple-A titles start to push the brand. They've joined Ubisoft in voicing wholehearted support for the 3D gaming scene... and only a couple more developers and publishers will be needed to shut up the haters. Still not sure if I'm fully convinced about the glasses, mind. Build them into a nanosuit helmet and we'll talk. [CVG]

Do you buy into the 3D gaming craze? Are you siding with Crytek or Pachter on this one? Let us know in the comments!

id To Announce "Something neat" Tonight...

From id's Neat Surprise to Del Toro's Volition - News Roundup 12th August 2010

QuakeCon is about to kick off over in Dallas, Texas... and id's founder/Technical Director John Carmack has stated that we're in for a treat tonight.

"I'm showing something neat and unannounced at quakecon tomorrow. Deciding if I should leave it be or sneak a little more code in..."

It's likely that this "neat" announcement concerns Doom 4, which id are furtively developing in tandem with Rage. Carmack suggested that not only will Doom 4 take less time to ship than Rage, but it would also look "three times" better due to its lower frame rate (the devil's tradeoff, I suppose). He also suggested that id wouldn't be rolling out another new IP for at least a decade, though Rage could well deserve a sequel if it's warmly received. Apparently, they have "more IPs than [they] can exploit," and want to focus on supporting Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake and Rage.

Does that mean we could see more Wolfenstein and Quake over the next decade? Let's hope so. Naturally, we'll let you know what id's "neat" announcement turns out to be.

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