Naughty Dog: No Motion Control In Third-Person Action
Well, at least we won't ever have to worry about controlling Nathan Drake with a silly wand.
Which isn't to imply that we find the upcoming motion control mechanic for the PlayStation 3 "silly," but we would find it silly in that particular situation. And as far as Naughty Dog boss Evan Wells is concerned, it would be ridiculous in just about any game of that style. In speaking to G4TV, Wells said he'd rather steer clear of the motion sensing idea for third-person action games. If the team did decide to dive into the idea, they'd have to start from scratch and build a game specifically made for that device, rather than trying to force the wand into a pre-existing mold.
"We really don't have any interest in using the motion control to do a third-person action game. If we were going to make a motion controller game, we'd want to tackle it from the bottom up and make sure that we were designing the game around the motion control, the way the best Wii games are designed."
He goes on to say that he enjoys the Wii, and because he has a 3-year-old, that system gets a lot of play time in his house. ...I'd make some sort of comment here, but I won't. Wells is being positive; so can I. Beyond this, Wells also thinks PS3 owners are "totally for it," in regards to the motion control and he adds that there are probably "a lot of closet Wii owners in the PlayStation community." Therefore, if someone could create "some really good software for that motion controller," it could be a definite success.
We still don't have a name for this motion-sensing wand just yet, but we know it's coming in the spring. And you can bet that if a team like Naughty Dog gets it into their heads to create a game utilizing this new technology, the final result will be pretty damn impressive...likely leaps and bounds ahead of anything you will find on the Wii, simply due to the vastly superior technology the developers would have at their disposal.
1/6/2010 10:40:52 AM Ben Dutka