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Tecmo Q&A: Director Talks Quantum Theory

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Tecmo's Quantum Theory is an intense third-person shooter with a few interesting twists, including the inclusion of a partner-in-crime who can slice 'n dice with the best of 'em. We wanted to learn more about the promising production - and we wanted you guys to participate, too - so we brought a bunch of questions to the developers.

The Director for the game, Makoto Shibata, was nice enough to take the time and provide us with answers.

PSXE: It looks like there are a couple main characters, and that they will act as partners. How much actual co-op gameplay/mechanics can we expect?

Shibata: "The main story follows Syd and his quest to destroy the tower. Along the way he meets up with a lady named Filena. They start out as enemies but realize that they should work together to stay alive.

When Filena is with you, you can perform combo throws and combo attacks. Tapping the L1 button will throw her up, and she will stun enemies in an area below her. Holding L1 will throw her straight at one enemy to do a lot of damage with her sword. For combo attacks, after Syd hits with a melee attack, you can press the square or triangle buttons to have Filena jump in with a follow-up attack. Press one of the buttons again, and they'll team up for a paired strike.

What we're trying to do with this game is bring some more action into third-person shooters. In the story mode, the focus is squarely on Syd, and we think of the combination throws and attacks that you perform with Filena as an extension of Syd's abilities.

She isn't just another weapon, of course. Filena is central to what is happening in the tower and how events play out. When she is with you, she will fight on her own if you don't use the actions. She won't just sit there waiting for you. Filena is definitely both a core character and core feature of the game."

PSXE: Staying on the topic of the second character, might we have the option of a co-op mode where two people can work through the campaign together?

Shibata: "The way the story is structured, she's not with you all the time, so it really doesn't lend itself well to co-op. While Filena is an integral part of the game, we wanted to keep the main focus on Syd and his mission to destroy the tower.

We also wanted to try to give a new feel to a single-player game. We're coming at this with a background in action and horror games, which are predominantly single-player experiences. When coming up with a concept that felt like a Tecmo shooter, we naturally used our backgrounds in single-player games and wanted to bring something new to that area."

PSXE: Everyone always says Quantum Theory looks a lot like Gears of War. What will differentiate your game from Epic's series; is it more about different gameplay, for example?

Shibata: "We get that a lot. The action-oriented gameplay with Filena and the shifting battlefields within the living tower are something that we think players haven't experienced before. In online modes, you can climb on walls that have been infected with this phenomenon known as the diablosis. You can climb up above people in these really twisted maps and fight from all kinds of crazy angles. It's definitely a new experience.

The setting is unique, too. It’s not a military shooter, and Syd isn’t a space marine. Once you get into the tower and see the design, we think you'll feel a difference with a lot of other shooters.

With regards to the Gears influence itself, obviously we looked at Gears. But it's not the only thing we looked at. We think Resident Evil 4 is basically the starting point for the genre. It merged moving and shooting into a really fun game. Gears took that moving-shooting gameplay, added cover and great online play for another excellent experience. We also looked at games like Army of Two, Killzone...pretty much any shooter we could get our hands on. We looked at what others were doing, and tried to come up with a shooter that felt like it came from Tecmo."

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9/18/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Kangasfwa
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 6:31:01 PM
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"don't bother to ask [Insomniac] about Resistance 3. They aren't ready to talk about it yet. :)"

You know something, don't you Ben.

I'll give Quantum Theory a second chance when it releases, even if only through GameFly.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 6:42:25 PM
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Well, he's certainly done some talking up after all the hatred on this site as a result of the demo. I like to play games mostly for the stories, as I find that I can tolerate almost any control system, and this certainly does sound intriguing. I probably won't buy it, unless it hits the bargain bin, but I will certainly see if there are any copies in Video 2000 to rent after it releases.

BTW, maybe you should try to swindle a future interview with Insomniac about R3. Thanks for the interview.
Peace.

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gangan19
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 7:07:44 PM
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the game is too sluggish in my opinion, and the weird looking weapons...idk what to say about that.

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 7:15:47 PM
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Woo hoo, I am part of the everybody who wants to know about NG and DOA. Thanks Ben =)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 8:05:26 PM
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I didn't have time to do a hands-on of the demo, but in all honesty, I didn't see any problem with it. I mean, it wasn't the most amazing thing ever but it was still pretty cool.

I think a lot of the backlash here is because a lot of people aren't used to Gears-like movement and look.

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Godslim
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 5:33:26 AM

"I think a lot of the backlash here is because a lot of people aren't used to Gears-like movement and look. "
I dunno ben i actually liked gears of war....i just dont think the demo was any good

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Shams
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 8:51:24 PM
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Interviews are always a joy to read, Ben. This must've been an interesting one. Do you have 3-way phone calls (with an interpreter), or is it done via email? Shibata-san was generous with his time, and actually piqued my interest about the story. Great job, and we're looking forward to your interview with Insomniac as well.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 9:33:20 PM

This was done via e-mail. The Q&A with Insomniac will be the same.

But most interviews we do are done via phone.

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 8:52:35 PM
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I tried the demo again. This time I have completed it. My impressions really haven't changed much. It's one thing to have eastern style games adopt western style design (DMC), but it's another thing when a japanese dev creates a western style game wrapped in eastern style appearance.

The game moves and plays so much like Gears; even down to the shakey-cam crouch run. But so much of what I've seen and played is lacking in ingenuity.

It just feels so bland.

Guns aren't memorable with a usual assortment of short to long range weaponry--sorry, no timed reload bonuses here. Melee combat is flat--hey, where's my hostage/curb stomping? And the enemies just sort of POP! with yellow guts, and strangely, the mass of the enemy does not appear adequately represented with the modest guts explosion radius--are these guys full of combustable gas?

Functionally it works well enough. The demo was competent in play; everything felt good on the control end. The partner functions could just as well have been a special weapon move.

If anything, what I liked was some of the interesting enemy design. There was some pretty cool looking stuff. The boss, for one, was big and very Japanese in a cool way.

In the end, unless the reviews come in positively (like 80%+) I'll accept my own impressions from the demo and put my interests somewhere else.

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 9:17:45 PM
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I think this game sucks... Man, imma get thumbs down for my OPINIONS now... Let the thumbs down BEGIN!

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Temjin001
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 9:34:40 PM

I gave you a thumbs up because you asked for thumbs down. How's that for reverse psychology?

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frostface
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 9:43:45 PM

I thumbed you up because the demo to the game sucks. I really wanted to like it but it was so bad on too many levels.

But thanks Makoto Shibata anyway for taking the time for the interview.

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Pandacastro
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 9:51:08 PM

I thumb you up so you dont write comments like that in the future.

Last edited by Pandacastro on 9/18/2010 9:55:36 PM

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 10:19:28 PM

I give you a thumbs down because the last part of your comment makes you seem like an attention seeking prat. Have fun.

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Pandacastro
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 10:27:08 PM

@Lawless

More like a attention whore

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 10:23:20 PM
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This game just looks really forgettable.

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hellish_devil
Saturday, September 18, 2010 @ 11:00:41 PM
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they looked to every shooter available? That includes Kane and Lich, The Saboteur, 50 Cent blood on sand, Alpha Protocol and Rogue Warrior?

So that was it.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 9:01:52 PM

hellish_devil,
What what did you find wrong with Saboteur? I thought it was great, other than not being able to finish my last 2 free play missions I listed below
****?Possible spoiler's?*****
(the Ferris wheel one, tried climbing all different ways to get tothe top, with no luck.And & the only building with all the broken scaffolding that I could never find a way to get completely up top, even though I followed the highlighted area & trying to jump across when needing to).

BTW, and the Eiffel Tower to pool jump was a biatch, I must of climbed all those steps at least 18 times before I finally hit the pool dead center.

But I also did think K&L was but mediocre, but only because I'm still stuck in the same place where mostly everyone else get's stuck too, trying to kill that dump truck driver.

And I'm in total agreedment with Rouge Warrior.....I think it was worth $3.55 less than the $5 I paid for it.

(Haven't played AP or 50 Pennies 2nd game yet)

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___________
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 2:08:23 AM
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sorry tecmo but you lost me when you lied to me.
as the saying goes, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

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Alienange
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @ 8:20:46 AM
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Good questions. I liked how you brought up the question of the plot being a major focal point. Sure enough he answered yes. I personally find "shooters" to be quite lacking in that area. It'll be interesting to see just how accurate his statement is when the game releases.

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spiderboi
Monday, September 20, 2010 @ 9:52:16 AM
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Played and finished the demo. Deleted it right away. It was a bit of "meh". It felt clunky, and even if I was in cover w/o even peeking, the monster up far ahead shooting was still hitting me. What gives? And it's pretty weird throwing Filena. Shouldn't she receive damage when I throw her? Might as well just let her invincible sweet self rummage and clean up the mess.

Downloaded this same time as Joe Danger, Castle Crashers and Scott Pilgrim. Joe Danger and Castle Crashers ROCK! I see a purchase on those two on my immediate future :)

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