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Ready At Dawn Prepping "Game Development Platform"

If you've proven that you have marketable talent, you should probably take the next step and begin offering the fruits of your labor to your colleagues. Right?

Ready at Dawn is best known for giving us the awesome God of War: Chains of Olympus for the PSP and although we're not sure what their newest project is, we do know they're working on building their very own game design platform. Today, it was announced that this project is "designed for the creation of cutting-edge AAA interactive entertainment." Basically, this is middleware that other developers will be able to utilize and - ideally - make the entire process that much easier and more streamlined. Said Didier Malenfant, Ready at Dawn Studios president:

"At Ready At Dawn Studios, we are faced with the challenges of making a great game everyday. We are building something for developers who are tired of the challenges of PC engines shoe-horned into consoles, or trying to stitch together layers upon layers of middleware from multiple vendors. Our solution will be a complete game development platform that simply works."

This "high performance true console engine" will support the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and of course, the PSP. After Chains of Olympus launched, Ready at Dawn said they'd be moving away from the handheld to try their hand at other platforms, but we haven't heard much from them since. Maybe they spent their time building this piece of technology...which is just fine by us. If you need help in making your game, it makes perfect sense to turn to these guys.

10/12/2009 12:16:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

kevinater321
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 12:31:19 PM
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Sweet, loved R&C by them and Chain of Olympus. It would be interesting what they could do but making a game themselves. I think sony should buy this developer, Because the work that they have done so far has been great. I am really excited to see what they can do with the ps3 system.

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 12:31:28 PM
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Well, hope they make a new game using that new Dev platform they created.

It's great to see companies stepping away from garbage like Unreal 3 engine, etc.

Anyway all good news

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BrillantED
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 3:35:08 PM

"..garbage like Unreal 3 engine.."

So, you are basically saying that games like Bioshock, Gears of War, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Lost Odyssey, Mass efect among many many others used garbage tech for their critically acclaimed titles?

Art direction comes first compaired to tech graphics proficiency my friend.

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Daedusian
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 5:48:51 PM

Yeah, but I think Scarecrow is talking more on the lines of Damnation, UT3, Gears. Bioshock uses it, yes, but at least they take it and redefine it or whatever. Personally, that's how I feel too. The unreal engine is great as long as it's not a clone of Gears because I think that graphical style needs to stay with that game. Almost anything else that is identical to Gears, I don't like, as in the aforementioned Batman Arkham Asylum, but the game was good, so no matter. =)

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TheCrazyMerc
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 12:37:33 PM
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Damn, man i can't wait till they make a new game. God of War on PSP, is possibly the most best game on the potable system.

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Ultimate_Balla
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 1:20:30 PM
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With FF7:CC

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Juanalf
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 2:01:17 PM
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I wonder if there's ever been a time when a development company says that they are working on a A or AA game?

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jerocarson
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 2:06:44 PM
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who owns ready at dawn?

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Scarecrow
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 2:52:46 PM

Probably independent, they don't seem to be tied to anyone.

Though, they should stick to the ps3, it's got more of a future than the other two.

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___________
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 12:51:28 AM

nooooooo stick to the psp.
the ps3 has plenty top notch developers, i need some decent games for my psp.
another GOW game on the psp would be FU**ING AWESOME!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 3:08:19 PM
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Well thank god someone finally said it, I'm very tired of PC engines being "shoehorned" because its the very reason stuff runs smooth on the 360's architecture and crappy on PS3.

It's basically like making an emulator work, its always smoother on a PC versus a console.

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jerocarson
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 5:05:28 PM
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@Scarecrow
Thanks, but Sony should have tried to acquire them, they did marvelously well with Chains of Olympus on the PSP.

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redman479
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 8:15:45 PM
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Well, at least make a great game with that there engine!

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Qubex
Monday, October 12, 2009 @ 9:14:17 PM
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Lest not us forget that pressure for development houses to come out with "good looking and compelling" content more often in order to stay competitive, is (indirectly), pushing teams to use a fast, efficient and "non-fussy" development platform for quick product release; as the overall games product playing field becomes ever more competitive.

Everyone is fighting for a slice of the consumer, if you are out with a great title first, you get the bigger slice I think and a competitive advantage.

If your I.P. gains traction you could have a long and profitable future with it... You need a good set of tools that dont comprimise your creative vision, permits the team to use the target platform to the full, and most importantly I think, time to market in order to get that competitive advantage...

Put simply, if your programmers are struggling, so will you product, so will your release pipeline and ultimately, so will your time to market and overall quality...

I am all for what Ready At Dawn are doing...

Q!

"i am home"

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___________
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 @ 12:55:29 AM
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UE3 has its place.
its perfectly fitted for gears or batman AA because those games have a dark gritty nature to them, really creepy and such.
thats why the engine fits them perfectly, but the engine does not suit 99% of the games running on it.
ME does not suit the UE3
nor does xmen origins wolverine.
damnation.
legendary.
and such, 99% of games that end up completley sucking are running n the UE3.
coincidence?

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