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Looks very good and the article has some nice information, which confirms it to be running on the Xenon/XBox 2/ XBox 360/Whatever and that Xbox 2 is really easy to develop for. Also to be released on PS3 and PC.
SEGA is the publisher. Go SEGA!! This game looks pretty frightening.
Translation of the article below with a little sentance cleanup (used the worldlingo)
When we interviewed Kevin Stephens of Monolith last month, he had announced to us that the devteam of Tron 2.0 was working on a new project. A few days later, Eurogamer pointed out that it would be a game using the engine of F.E.A.R. Today, we know what the game is: it is called Condemned, it will be published by Sega and will be one of the first games to be released on Xbox 2. Versions for the PlayStation 3 and PC are apparently also in development.
Game Informer, which was had an exclusive preview play (you can view the scans of the arcticle on Xboxyde), described the game as a mixture of survival horror and first-person shooter, ???contained within an environment of thunder???. Graphically, it is pretty solid (eh, it is the engine of F.E.A.R. after all). As for physics (because there will be full), it uses the newest version 3.0 of Havok.
The history puts to you in the role of a super hero of the FBI which wants to save his skin while fighting serial killers and ???the human ones??? made sick by a horrible trick. ???Lastly, or a trick of the kind. Good, it is not most important.??? Even if Monolith announces that Condemned will not be a pure FPS, there will be plenty of compat scenes, in particular with the ???body with body???, which promises to be funny. Especially if you like to strike people with a studded board.
While waiting for high resolution screenshots, we have posted for you the first images of Condemned from these scans of GameInformer. Incidentally, you will be able to read the preview in them as well.
Just a couple of points:
This looks to be the new breed of survival horror, combining the style and art of Silent Hill with the action of Resident Evil (due to tings like Havok 3.0). I am looking forward to this.
In the scans you can read that the game features characters are formed with up to 8 million polygons. Considering this is stated in context with texture-maps, I think they mean to say that the normal maps are based on source models with up to 8 million polygons. Can anyone with some tech savvy shed some light on this?
This is running on the same engine as F.E.A.R., a PC FPS which looks to very interesting, fusing first person action a la Half Life with Japanese horror. Condemned makes it feasible that we could see F.E.A.R. ported to the next gen consoles.
This game looks sick (as in not cool), bluh, this game is going to have to be AO.
By "sick" i hope you mean HILARIOUS!
just kidding. But on a serious note, I do think there is a limit to the amount of violence that is needed in games. After a certain point, extra violence doesn't do anything new, it just adds gore. So i hope that the violence here stops just shy of the "making me sick to my stomach just because i can" kind of level. I don't have anything against violence in videogames, but there is a point where it could just cross the line, and it seems like developers are trying to expand that line in upcoming games.
This game certainly looks promising, both of itself and the next generation of games. It looks as if the next-gen games will be able to allow player to actually decipher mysteries like they do on CSI without giving the player gimmicky textures to look at for clues, amazing. I'm also looking forward now to these atmospheres the developers are hyping about, they sound wicked. And the A.I looks pretty sweet also, running into another room if you have the advantage on it :shock: that is scary, especially since the beast will then try and locate a melee weopon too if lets say you have it outarmed. This is a good sign for fans of Sega, I hope this game can get them back into the limelight again
rated AO? lol please Silent Hill pushed the boundries as far as it can go just about and still didnt get a AO rating. The only next step is disembellment and nudity. SH2 even had a monster love fest in it.
I guess this game is going to have things in it you've never seen before in this particular horror genre. And "boundaries" can always be pushed further.
I say it wont be no worse then whats already out.
If it was exactly the same then it wouldn't be given an AO rating. And where did you see that it was going to be rated AO?
Well, if what everyone says is true that this is supposed to be FPS plus Japanese horror... well, it really wouldn't be Japanese horror if you stomach didn't churn. That's like somethng you go down the checklist with...
scary people? Check
dark scenery? Check
bad stuff happening for no reason? Check
stomach churning Gulp, ch-check.... aghh, that's gross....
This game will push the stomach churning levels just on part because of the graphics. It will be interesting to see if the ESRB decides to get tougher on gore because of how realistic it will look in the next generation M rated games. Overall, this game is looking like a must buy for any soon to be next gen owners if the developer Monolith can achieve what it is claiming
PBM u aught to re title the thread and put in (warning: Descresion is advised)
or at least put in, not right for the young ones.
February 17, 2005 - Though rumors of its development have already raced around the Internet, SEGA today made official its first entry in the next generation. The company announced Condemned, a first-person thriller from Monolith designed for the next wave of consoles as well as the PC.
Condemned puts players in the role of Ethan Thomas, an FBI agent in the Serial Crimes Unit (SCU). Thomas specializes in tracking down serial killers -- a job that takes him straight into the city's heart of darkness. You'll rely on forensic tools, melee combat, and pure instinct to survive the hunt. SEGA promises that next-generation technology will make the Condemned experience "terrifyingly real."
Monolith Productions, of course, are the folks behind the upcoming F.E.A.R., and the same team who brought us Tron 2.0 and the No One Lives Forever series on PC -- in other words, a very nice pedigree.
"SEGA expects Condemned to engage the game player with visceral, in-your-face, urban combat and an unparalleled level of unpredictability," said SEGA's Scott A. Steinberg. "The atmospheric tension and cinematic qualities of Condemned offer consumers the rich experience of a psychological thriller; something that has not been accomplished on previous hardware platforms."
"New leaps in technology are allowing our teams to create immersive game environments that are incredibly realistic," said Samantha Ryan, CEO of Monolith Productions. "Monolith's goal with Condemned, is to combine a disturbing atmosphere with realistic physics, devious AI, and a sophisticated combat system."
Condemned is currently slated for a winter 2005 release -- at which time, according to industry guesses, Microsoft's next Xbox system should already be available, at the very least. We expect the title to arrive for PlayStation 3 as well, though SEGA is not announcing console specifics yet.
American games giant Electronic Arts has just announced a new franchise and perhaps a new obsession as well: The Island. According to various sources, The Island will be a fictional 600 square-mile island which will feature a multitude of terrains, weather conditions and regions.
EA is hoping to link various games with the creation of this open world and the first three titles to b announced are Need for Speed: The Island, The Sims: The Island and Theme Park: The Island. Few details have been released on these games, although it is likely that Need for Speed: The Island will be released in true EA style- on every console known to man.
Need for Speed: The Island will be featuring single-player mode where gamers race against 15 computer-controlled racers and a multiplayer mode which is capable of supporting up to 8 players per race.
Stay tuned to PS3Land.com for more updates on these games.