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  • #33065

    Corgano
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    Here’s how Lariam sums it up for those that didn’t have the patience to listen to the whole hour long podcast:

    Atari folks admit that they should release MoW sooner rather than later. It sounds to me as if they’ve planned to release MoW with the introduction of the new online distribution thingy, but that things aren’t moving on as smoothly as they could and should with regard to the latter. And now they’re saying: okay, we guess we’ll have to release MoW, anyway (even if we’d ideally like to wait a little while longer). But I could be wrong.

    It is also said that there are currently no plans for further adventure packs, but that they’d be interesting in producing such things if someone had a good proposal to send their way.

    Which is interesting. We know that Ossians have been working on NWN2 projects. Atari says no more adventure packs have been proposed (in addition to MoW). And that they’re pretty sure there will be another expansion.

    I don’t suppose any of us would be interested in pitching an idea to Atari for an adventure pack? We could break into the video game market this way. I’d be up for trying to do it. Anyone here a good writer? I know we have some very talented people here… 😀

    Peace,
    Cor

    PS: According to the Podcast, the next 2 patches will focus heavily on the Tool Set. IE: Plugins, fixes, etc.

    #57443

    Opinvu
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    Hrmmm interesting. Would be nice if we could trick them into adding Gripplis for us and maybe some other easter eggs for Markshire 2.

    What is their definiton of Adventure Packs? If an expansion isn’t an Adventure pack, then what is it?

    #57444

    Cayle
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    • Markshire PCs:

    Oh boy! Listening to it was a trip.

    What I found most interesting in the podcast was Atari owning the Unity engine and pushing it for future titles in the “democratization of games”. Interesting. It seems that Atari owns unity now, just as InstantAction owns its main competitor, Torque. Those guys on the podcast completely missed the point that Atari likes. $1000 engines that can do 80-90% of what Unreal can do will get small dev houses that can afford half a mil for Unreal and one will make the next Portal. It is true however that you can ship Unity’s editor suite (or Torque’s or Unreal’s for that matter) so the developer does not have to make their own tools.

    As for premium mods, I have an old mod lying around that was WAY overdeveloped for what it was actually used for (DM’ed weekly sessions and a PW prototype), but I’d still rate it far off of professional caliber and you are better off developing premium mods for NWN2.

    #57445
    Thrym
    Thrym
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    • Markshire PCs: Grottle, Gruzk, Ashimar

    Adventure Packs for NWN2 are what Premium Modules were for NWN1. A single player module for the game.

    Expansions are the same thing only much larger and built to include new concepts in the game; such as the overland map or trading.

    In this case, the Adventure Packs are intended to be outsourced to smaller development companies like Ossian Studios. It was a huge drain on Bioware for NWN1 to do updates/expansions AND premium mods. It split off some of the people needed for the main game.

    Ossian has been sitting on it’s heels dealing with Atari’s security issues. We could have 4-8 premium modules by now.

    Hopefully, with Infogrames at the helm of Atari now, things will improve.

    #57446

    Opinvu
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    Ahh ok, like Witches Wake, and some others that came in the patches, as I suspected.

    I used to have ambiton to do that. Now, now not so much.

    #57447

    Cayle
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    @thrym wrote:

    Hopefully, with Infogrames at the helm of Atari now, things will improve.

    Wait! IIRC Infogrames changed its name to Atari a couple of years ago, so I’d not expect much different on the publisher side.

    But I’d take Atari over EA any day. I don’t buy anything published by EA because of the DRM they use; which means no Spore, no Mass Effect and no Dragon Age for me.

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