Monday, November 13, 2006

The unbearable lightness of Beta...

I am alive muhuhwahahahahahahaha!! So after a little blogging hiatus due to an increasing amount of work on the game I have decided to stick my head up for a minute to give a little update on the progress of God of War 2.

First…sorry about the lack of clarity on the demo’s…those will not be going out until we finish the demo…which will not be until late January at the earliest. So keep an eye out for a post that will let you know when the demo is done and ready to be shipped out.

And now on to the updates about the game….we had our first full game playtest recently which went pretty well. Our average playtime was somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 hours…so that is good. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to polish this thing up, but seeing it in it’s completed from was really good for us. I got to see a lot of the areas that felt good on their own, but in the context of the whole game they felt a little off…so lots of good tuning notes. This was also the first time anyone has played through the game and experienced the entire story, so I got a lot of good notes on clearing up loose ends and reinforcing things that were a little unclear.

Nearly all the game art is in the game in some form or another and is looking fucking fantastic…now the artists are working to finalize and optimize everything. It is a tough time for everybody, but it is also a very exciting time in the development of the game since everything is finally coming together and starting to look like a real game as opposed to the small fragments we have been working with for so long.

We are working pretty long days from now until the end of Beta (end of Dec) so my updates may not be as frequent but I am sure you all will understand.

I got to listen to some of the entries in the God of Noise battle fo the bands thing…pretty cool stuff. I haven’t listened to them all yet, but I think I will have to get on that since the selects need to get made soon.

We are also getting closer to finishing the sculpt for the Kratos action figure…which looks freaking sweet! I can’t wait to see them finished. Not sure when that one will be coming out but imagine it will sometime near the games release.

Also about the guest speaker…he was going to do something last week but due to our schedules getting more hectic it did not happen…I am sure he will do something soon, but I don’t have the time right now to arrange it. So it will just be a random surprise.

All right I need to get back work now.