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Midway Newcastle's Last Ditch Effort: Necessary Force

To get you all caught up, Warner Bros. rescued Midway (or, to be more specific, parts of Midway), which meant that several splinter studios were still left dangling.

One of them was Midway Newcastle, a developer that still needs a buyer...and they must be a bit desperate, considering they'll be forced to close down entirely in less than two weeks. Therefore, in what seems to be an attempt to spur things along, Midway Newcastle has revealed Necessary Force, a new IP that has been labeled as a "gritty detective drama." You can view the trailer at the game's official site, and we have to admit, it looks intriguing. But is it intriguing enough to entice one of the big boys to snap up Newcastle and the project, all in one fell swoop? Or are we looking at another title that simply won't make it to the production phase? The problem with that video is there is no gameplay to be seen, so it's difficult to estimate how far along Necessary Force is in the development process. Obviously, whoever might be interested in the purchase will want to know the specifics, and that's when it's do-or-die time for Midway Newcastle.  Cross your fingers!

We'll let you know what happens. Hopefully, some good-sized company will pick up the estranged studio, and Necessary Force will be designated a "go project." At that point, we're certain we'll see all sorts of info and details.

Related Game(s): Necessary Force

6/17/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (26 posts)

SneakyBeaver
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:03:33 AM
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Thanks for the info, I wasn't aware that Midway was rescued by Warner Bros. As a game design student and Chicagoan, I feel the need to whip myself with a wet noodle. 40 lashes ought to do it...

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englishgolfer
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:31:23 AM

let me help with those lashes

*girly giggle*

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OPHIDIAN
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 7:16:23 PM

They didn't save Midway Newcastle.

I feel very disappointed with this, MN is the only game development studio around here. It's about a ten minute walk from home!

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Random_Steve
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 3:37:00 AM

ha, ive got lionhead, littlebigplanet people (cant remember the name) and criterion all within a few miles

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OPHIDIAN
Thursday, June 18, 2009 @ 5:37:22 AM

Very jealous!

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:04:51 AM
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this game looks like it could have some potential. maybe sony should try to make this ps3 exclusive

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PS3addict
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:08:59 AM
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I would buy it. It looks pretty smooth, and Iloves the flashes of a different view when he punches someone.
Also the blood splatter looks like it has a good physics engine in the background.

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King James
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 4:43:29 PM

I don't think that was gameplay.

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mexgeo86
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 11:29:00 AM
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Not a bad trailer, looks intriguing. Would like to see some gameplay.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:17:21 PM
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After viewing the "trailer" all I've got to say is, "See you later Newcastle."

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djjake
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 2:47:49 PM

made me laugh

but seriously, looks quite good, little bit like max payne mixed with driver and infamous (saving parts of the city that become good again)

only thing i don't like is that new york is getting boring now

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Hawkeye
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:25:47 PM
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It reminded me of an old PC game called Blade Runner.. gritty and dirty and full of questionable characters.

I would imagine though, that to be picked up it would have to be near completed and near perfect otherwise in this climate of intense competition what distributor will risk their money?

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Skatejimmy5
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:27:51 PM
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It looks very interesting. I'd buy it.

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:31:34 PM

i'd buy it also

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Hawkeye
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 12:39:25 PM
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I'm beginning to get very picky with my video game purchases. It's gotta have a proven track record (example need for speed series, call of duty or Battlefield serieses) or it's gotta have good reviews (like um here), or it's gotta have a good demo. So far, a trailer is not enough for me. Not saying I wouldn't buy it, but I need more info before making that decision.

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vicious54
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 1:07:26 PM
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The trailer is pretty good, I like the art style of the game but like Hawkeye said trailers aren't enough to sell a game.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 3:15:28 PM

Not enough to sell it to a gamer so it's sure as heck not enough to sell it to a buyer of companies.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 1:37:43 PM
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Reminds me of FInal FIght!!!

If this is a Beat 'em Up then I'm definitely interested!

Love the environments, they look very rough and engaging.

NOw give us 15 thugs at a time (and make it co-op) and then we're talking!

Beating up criminals alone = fun
Beating up criminals with 2 or more friends = epic!

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Random_Steve
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 2:56:18 PM
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hmmm, they are from newcastle...im just kidding, looks really good

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 2:57:25 PM
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I'd buy it!
Looking real good so far, & love the concept.

I hope someone buys them so this one won't become just another vaporware too.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 3:16:48 PM
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Two weeks?! Nice knowing you Newcastle.

Talk about too little too late.

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zee
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 4:45:48 PM
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Wait a second. Does this mean no more Mortal Kombat... at all?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 6:11:27 PM

::sigh:: No....this is a separate division.

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King James
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 4:48:09 PM
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Seems like this will join the ranks of Duke Nukem: Forever, Star Wars: Battlefront 3, and Indiana Jones.

Looked like a good idea through. Has potential but I'll get my "dark cop" kicks off the new Max Payne.

BTW, the new Gameinformer has details about it. Anybody read it?

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 6:10:57 PM

Battlefront3 is still coming...just you wait and see.


Yeah, I've seen the pics and read the article on MaxPayne3. IMO it pisses me off, I loved the first 2 and I don't like the setting or what they've done with him.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 @ 9:54:39 PM
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No, but if I get a chance, going to read it sometime this week.
Hmmmm, the good, the bad or the ugly?????

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