Move Will Make Shooters "More Accessible To More People"
The PlayStation Move is a popular topic of discussion these days; i.e., "will it really help move PS3 units?" "Will it help to define gaming as we know it?" "Will it be better than Natal?"
Perhaps another interesting question would be, "will Move have a significant or even drastic impact on certain genres?" According to one producer, the answer is yes. Elliot Martin, producer of the upcoming Move-compatible SOCOM installment, told Develop that Sony's new motion-sensing technology will generate a "huge change" when it comes to shooters. Said Martin:
"With the Move controller what it allows us to do with SOCOM is have the player basically point at enemies on screen with Move as if they were aiming with a real gun in their hand. It’s a huge change to the genre because rather than having to move the camera, you can just point and shoot. I think Move is going to make that style of game a lot more accessible to a lot more people."
Accessibility is becoming more and more important as more and more individuals begin to discover the benefits of this form of entertainment. There was a time when FPSs were essentially reserved for the hardcore; for those who would spend all night creating a new level in Wolfenstein 3D on their PCs. But these days, just about everyone plays shooters and in fact, it's arguably one of the more casual genres out there. But how to make a seemingly hardcore game like SOCOM "casual" with Move controls...?
"We were hesitant because we thought a new control system meant that we would completely have to redesign the game. Actually, the basic implementation was up and running in a matter of just a few hours. Not only did it work, but it was immediately very intuitive, and it didn’t require any great change of mindset. It was very easy to pick up and play."
Well, if you can do it with SOCOM, what's stopping other developers from taking Move to just about any other genre? Of course, each will present its own set of unique challenges and new technology always presents plenty of obstacles. But still, it'll be intriguing to watch Move unfold and evolve.
5/12/2010 10:37:13 AM Ben Dutka