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Tecmo Addresses Quantum Theory's Similarity To Gears

When it was first revealed, Tecmo's Quantum Theory was immediately compared to Epic's Gears of War, and for good reason.

But when asked what sets their game apart, Tecmo Director Makoto Shibata very specifically mentioned several points concerning distinct differences in the online mode and setting. Shibata also spoke about the various influences for the team; Gears of War was certainly one such influence, but that was hardly the only game Tecmo looked at before diving into this particular project. In a PSX Extreme interview set to be published soon, the game's director answered the question pertaining to the Gears similarities as follows:

"We get that a lot. The action-oriented gameplay with Filena and the shifting battlefields within the living tower are something that we think players haven't experienced before. In online modes, you can climb on walls that have been infected with this phenomenon known as the diablosis. You can climb up above people in these really twisted maps and fight from all kinds of crazy angles. It's definitely a new experience.

The setting is unique, too. It’s not a military shooter, and Syd isn’t a space marine. Once you get into the tower and see the design, we think you'll feel a difference with a lot of other shooters."

Shibata goes on to say that they believe Resident Evil 4 was actually the starting point for Quantum Theory's genre, in that it "merged moving and shooting into a really fun game." The developers also got ideas from the likes of Army of Two, Killzone and "pretty much any shooter" they could get their hands on. In the full interview, Shibata talks about the co-op factor between the two main characters (Syd and Filena), the fact that the game's plot is a "major focal point," and Tecmo's decision to go multiplatform.

The demo for Quantum Theory is now available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace, and the game is set to arrive on September 28 in North America. Stay tuned for the entire interview with Shibata, as well as the upcoming Q&A with Insomniac involving their new project, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.

Related Game(s): Quantum Theory

Tags: tecmo, quantum theory, quantum theory gears

9/14/2010 3:17:25 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (51 posts)

Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 3:47:24 PM
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September 28 is the FIFA 2011 RELEASE Day! Im getting FIFA over Quantom ( Sorry if I spelled wrong ) Anyway, Ben, are you doing a FIFA 2011 review?

BTW Quantom ( Sorry if I spelled wrong ) Is a really good game, demo was sweet. Yes it feels a lot like Gears but it's different... in it's unique way.

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Cavan1
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:11:43 PM

i second that, i go on holiday to tenerife on thursday, and dont come back til the 27th, day after is fifa day lol

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 9:32:46 PM

You'd rather type out "( Sorry if I spelled wrong )" than scroll up to the article to get the spelling right?

That's weird man.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 1:47:08 AM

Alienange, who scrolls up? The word is in the title of the browser.
Peace.

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 3:57:55 PM
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I tried the demo the first day it when up on PSN, but can't see this being worth my time. The gameplay was pretty shoddy and didn't feel very polished. Graphics weren't terrible, but not great. And the Filena chick is practically worthless in the demo. Overall the game reeks of mediocrity. Better luck next time Tecmo:(

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:34:36 PM

I disagree, the graphics WERE terrible.

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:48:00 PM

Yeah, I was just trying to be some what kind. If this would have remained a PS3 exclusive the backlash would have been worst then the backlash from Haze. Haze actually might have superior graphics too be honest.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:40:54 PM

Pretty sure you weren't using Filena very well. I quite literally eliminated half the enemies by throwing her.

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 6:41:34 PM

Your probably right Ben about not using Filena very well. I really didn't like how the game controls were laid out. I'm also just pissed the demo turned out so bad. I was actually looking forward to Quantum Theory since it's announcement. Oh well, more money in my pocket I guess.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 8:31:49 PM

Don't really see much of a problem with it. It's not great, but there's nothing crucially wrong with the demo.

...I get this feeling that if it was still a PS3 exclusive, the feedback from those who played it would be a little different around here. ;)

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Dridion
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 9:09:20 PM

LOL @Ben. You get a kick at typing those same words don't you...lol ;) In actuallity though, don't you know there's very little bias towards games on this site. As far as the game goes, it was okay, I guess. It felt a little clunky. IMHO the hit boxes felt very weird as if they were laid out wrong. It could have been me, so yea...but I really couldn't get the hang of it.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 10:19:14 PM

Not for me Ben, sh** is sh**.

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Godslim
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 4:10:13 AM

"...I get this feeling that if it was still a PS3 exclusive, the feedback from those who played it would be a little different around here. ;) "

no way ben im also usually feel people on heres feedback would differ if sum games were exclusive but this demo was really bad

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:00:54 PM
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this game is dumpster drippings. they would have has a better shot at success if they stayed exclusive like they were supposed to.

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Swim_Irr
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:06:02 PM

No, I don't think exclusivity would have saved this game. I'm guessing they knew the game was going to tank, so they ported it to the Box to have a chance at making a little extra $$.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:14:05 PM

I too think this game was doomed from the beginning.

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Swim_Irr
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:02:06 PM
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Ya the difference is Gears doesn't suck. I couldn't even finish the Quantum demo it was so bad.

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Godslim
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:49:13 PM

have to aggree man this game is pants...gears is way better

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:11:52 PM
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Yet it turned out a Gears clone pretty much. Not a very good one either. Gears is better than this.

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dillonthebunny
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:13:22 PM
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Ben.. have you not played the demo yet?

its rather hard to believe that Tecmo made this, maybe they weren't in the same room when it was being made or something, but disappointing isn't the word! geeeeeze.

but seriously, issues need to be addressed like.. if the game 'is' actually good, why on earth did Tecmo release such an awful damaging demo?

..and if it is this bad, why are they trying to beef it up? because after people blindly spend their hard earned cash on a game by their fav dev just on the back of the latest quote from Tecmo ..only to find out they have been sold a wonky donkey will ultimately put people off buying anything else that's new and untested from Tecmo in the future.


they should of just stopped it when it was looking and playing rubbish and continued with the next Dead or Alive game :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:36:11 PM

I want word on a new DOA soon or my anger will flow freely.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:45:28 PM

i don't think M$ will let that happen. we'll probably never see another DOA. sad to say

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:49:11 PM

second that, I want DOA so bad, the only fighter I was really really really good with :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:54:13 PM

MS doesn't have control over DOA, it has always been multiplat. I know the creator of it doesn't want to make any more, so I dunno where the license stands.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:59:19 PM

meant at, god damn stupidity

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 12:03:06 AM

There is a new DOA coming, guys. But it has nothing to do with Sony or Microsoft, and everything to do with Nintendo. It's called Dead or Alive: Dimensions and it's for the Nintendo 3DS.

This might be a release from the publisher to get an idea of how many people would buy a new console version of the game. Release it on one of Japan's most popular handhelds, and make a decision from there.

The creator may have bailed, but DOA and Ninja Gaiden are still mainstays for the company, so they're not going anywhere. They're just temporarily dormant.

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:49:39 AM

guys, it was announced quite some time ago that Tecmo will be bringing more titles to the PS3, and tho it wasn't actually said.. it was hinted that the next full Dead or Alive will hit the PS3, lets face it .. you would have to be pretty stupid to not bring something like that BACK to the Playstation.

oh, and I know its bad of me.. but even if DoA was on the Wii, I wouldn't count it as a full game. I only count games as being full where that you would want to play for hours, days and months. personally nothing on the Wii makes me want to play it for more than 20 mins.. maybe im just lazy.. eh?! *rhetorical*

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:37:50 PM
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I hope you asked him why the demo sucks so bad, never mind the Gears comparison. This game looks like it's worth about five bucks. Tecmo has issues.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:45:50 PM

lol @ tecmo tryin to sell this game at full price.

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Dustinwp
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 4:53:59 PM

Laughed my ass off when I read your comment World! That's some good stuff:)

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frostface
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:06:21 PM
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I went into this demo full of hope. Even after hearing so many people complaining about how bad the demo was, I still wanted so much to go in full of optimism. I'd never played a Gears of War game before, so I wasn't trying to compare it.
Played it today and it's one of the worse demo's I've ever played. The only one good thing that came out of this game is that, when the big games rush kicks back in over the next couple of months, this will be one game I won't have to concern myself with.
Will we be getting a review on the full released game here? Is it possible that it was just a terrible demo but not truly representative of the game? Although, isn't the idea of a demo to be representative of the game?

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gangan19
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:14:52 PM
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that game is bad

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:50:45 PM
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I shouldn't have kept my hope so high for a PS3 Gears when it's a Japanese company making this.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 5:58:08 PM

you had high hopes? say it ain't so lol

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 6:14:29 PM
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Demo's hardly ever do a game justice. I haven't played this particular one so I can't comment on it. But I've played plenty of crappy demos and the end product ended up being much better. Why so negative?

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 6:35:20 PM
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As i've previously said, Quantum has a much better idea, feel and WAY better art direction than Gears.

It's just, according to the demo only, not executed to how i would imagine such a fantastic idea.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 6:44:07 PM
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I was all psyched about a game where I could go against a living, moving, tower, but the demo certainly stunk up the game for me.

For collection purposes, this will be a $5 used bargain bin sale only!

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tlpn99
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 6:55:17 PM
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The guy moved too slow for my liking, it felt awful to control, gonna give this one a wide berth. Unless Of course Ben/Arnold plays the final version and says it's been fixed get this game ok the demo was bad the actual game isnt.

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Mamills
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 8:00:07 PM
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this game is absolute sh**.
oh Koei i have never bought any of your games and this is a perfect example as to y.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 8:54:53 PM
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Whether it's a copy of another game or not is irrelevant, the game sucks.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 9:41:28 PM
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The starting point was Resident Evil 4? As in, crap, we should make a good game like that. Then what do they do? Get inspiration from Army of Two and Killzone.

I don't need a demo to tell me where they went wrong.

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Edito
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 11:10:50 PM
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Quantum isn't fun i didn't like the demo and probably the full game will no be different...

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Knightedrik
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 1:04:48 AM
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The demo was horrible. Hopefully they will have over hauled this by it's release date.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 1:52:49 AM
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Yikes. Initially I was hopeful given the content of the article, then the comments destroyed that optimism. I guess it's a good thing that after my initial excitement for the game passed it became more of a blah affair.

I want to play Gears damnit. Sony, throw a bucket of money at Epic please?! Still, if reviews are good I may see if I can give it a rent, otherwise I'll wait for Vanquish sometime next year.
Peace.

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___________
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 4:22:21 AM
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fundimental difference between gears and quantum theory?
easy!
ones a fantastic game, and ones a crap one!
if you want a third person shooter gears is still the place to go, after that the army of two series are really good games!
one was ok, but the sequel the 40th day is still one of my favorite shooters!
so much fun blowing a enemies head off with a sniper rifle from a large distance away.

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The Doom
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 5:30:35 AM

http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090720220818/familyguy/images/3/33/Buzz_Killington.jpg

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ro kurorai
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 8:51:14 AM
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Played the demo, stopped at the ridiculous boss battle. Removed demo from HDD.

Sure, that co-op play with Filena is a nice touch, but the graphics are lackluster, controls are shoddy and it feels very generic and poor.

That's my personal opinion of the game of course.

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JackC8
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 12:25:22 PM
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So they took elements from several other games and basically made a casserole out of them.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 1:12:21 PM
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Yeah, a "BURNT" casserole!

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Amazingskillz
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 3:35:05 PM
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I downloaded the demo for this game and it was straight Garbage!

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PaiNT_kinG
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 2:14:49 AM
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horrible demo,crappy control,after dying twice,i didn't press continue -_-

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