March 13th, 2008, 20:02 Posted By: Shrygue
via Computer and Video Games
Sony has released a detialed Q&A that grills Colin Berry, lead designer, about the team, the game and various other things to - like getting Slayer into the soundtrack! Worth a look if you're a fan.
How many people do you have working on WipEout HD?
Colin Berry: We started with a very small team in spring 2007 of around six people. We are now up to around 25 or 30 to ensure the final code delivers all the great media feedback we've had so far following E3 and the Leipzig Games Convention.
Is there anyone who's worked on all the WipEout games since the start of the franchise?
Berry: There are a couple of people yes, an Artist (Darren Douglas) and a Producer (Paul Tweedle) who started out by QA'ing the first WipEout!
What was the one thing the team wanted to change/or introduce most for WipEout HD?
Berry: We wanted to provide a good solid online experience for a television based WipEout game. We see online play as a big feature in HD. Also 60 frames per second full 1080p was a day one priority. We also wanted to make it a great addition to PS Store by offering it as a downloadable title.
How long has it taken to make WipEout a full HD game for PS3?
Berry: We started work on the artwork around about February 2007 and the code around April, so just under a year.
Would it be fair to consider HD as a port? Apart from 1080p visuals and 60 frames per second animations, what makes it different to Pure and Pulse?
Berry: Firstly people should not underestimate the changes that 60 frames per second and 1080p visuals make to the game. Sure the environments are taken from the PSP versions initially but so much work has gone into hi-resing them up, every building model, and every texture. The game looks so much richer.
All the ships are new hi-res models with hi-res texturing and improved lighting too, so the visual changes are dramatically enhanced. The game also has a sleeker new HD front end, the handling model has been refined to fit the Sixaxis controller also the collision system has been improved. Then of course there is online multiplayer which fair enough appears in WipEout Pulse but it is great fun. Playing WipEout against other people on a big TV, it is a lot of fun.
In some terms its easy to say 'it is a port' but that is something of a disservice, the game has had an overhaul and a freshen up in many little ways which combined give it a strong identity and make it a solid game in its own right. We certainly don't regard it as a port.
Then of course there is downloadable content, which depending on what we settle on, can further push the WipEout HD experience. We are hoping the initial release of HD will be a starting point.
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