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Tecmo Q&A: Director Talks Quantum Theory

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PSXE: As we understand it, the game was initially only set for PS3. What was the thought process behind switching to multiplatform development?

Shibata: "Tecmo has traditionally focused on development for one platform at a time. However, Koei has more experience with multiplatform development. With the merger, we saw that we could use both of our respective strengths in those aspects to bring the game to even more users."

PSXE: We'd like to know a bit more about the story of Quantum Theory, and how "story-driven" the game will be. Is the plot a major focal point?

Shibata: "The plot is a major focal point. It's definitely not RPG conversation-after-conversation, but it does have a unique plot that we hope players will get into.

The story takes place in the future, after civilization has collapsed from a great war. Towers—called Arks—have grown up in various places around the world. No one gets in, and no one ever comes out. Now, though a phenomenon known as the diablosis has begun spawning from this one particular tower. The diablosis infects anything it comes in contact with, mutating it like a cancer. The remnants of humanity around this tower have formed a militia to bring the tower down. On the way to the tower, a squad runs into a mysterious guy named Syd.

Syd has been going around destroying the towers for his own reasons, so he joins up with the militia assault out of convenience. Inside the tower, though, a whole new kind of enemy awaits. The story continues as Syd progresses up the tower, meeting Filena and battling the different enemies within. The diablosis has infected part of the tower as well, causing it to change shape right before the player's eyes.

In the course of the story, you'll find out who Syd is, how Filena is connected to everything, and why the towers even exist in the first place. The tower observes everything that goes on inside, and its layout will shift as you fight your way through. It's kind of a character of its own."

PSXE: The fall is always very competitive in this industry. What might you say to someone to convince them to buy Quantum Theory over other titles?

Shibata: "Quantum Theory is not a sequel. It's new. The combo actions give a different feel to single-player shooters, and climbing all over the maps online is a lot of fun. The setting and story combined with a new, action-oriented gameplay make Quantum Theory one of the most unique shooters on the market."

PSXE: Lastly, it seems like everyone wants to know when we can expect the next Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive. Do you have any details you can share?

Shibata: "Unfortunately, no details right now. All of our efforts have been focused on Quantum Theory."

End Interview

Awww...well, no new info on the latter question but at least we heard about Ninja Gaiden 3 at TGS 2010. We want to thank Mr. Shibata for taking the time to answer our (and your) questions, and we hope Quantum Theory turns out well. The demo was certainly fun, and we'll be interested to see how that wall-climbing in the online play works.

Next up: the Q&A with Insomniac regarding one of their new projects, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. We've got your questions for that, too, but don't bother to ask them about Resistance 3. They aren't ready to talk about it yet. :)

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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