New Splash Damage Dev Interview

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AI Programmer Jonas ‘suctionlord’ Nelson is the latest Splash Damage developer to be profiled on their site. Prior to joining their team, Jonas worked for Avalanche Studios (makers of Just Cause). Below is an excerpt from his interview:

What do you do at Splash Damage?
I work as an AI Programmer, which means I get to write the code driving the computer-controlled characters in BRINK. I spend most of my time making them better and more fun to play with, be as an opponent in combat or as an ally helping you out.

Check out the rest of the interview at Splash Damage‘s site. As more details emerage on Brink, we’ll keep you posted.

Around the web — new Mothership Zeta interview

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Here’s a quick look at what’s going on around the web.

Following our news on Mothership Zeta’s release date, GamePro has a new interview with DLC Producer Jeff Gardiner. Here’s a snippet:

Will there be different types of aliens, such as Face Huggers and full-grown entities?

Jeff Gardiner: Yes there are different versions of the standard alien, an alien robot and another creature I can’t spoil just yet.

More after the break….

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Mothership Zeta lands August 3rd

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Today we’re pleased to release the first four screenshots for Mothership Zeta, our fifth and final DLC for Fallout 3. Head to the Fallout 3 Official Site to see them in all their glory.

As the subject line already states, we’re bringing Mothership Zeta to Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE on MONDAY, August 3rd for 800 MS Points. The DLC will be released at a later date on PlayStation 3.

Stay tuned between now and August 3rd for more details on Mothership Zeta.

RAGE Cover Story in Game Informer; Teaser Site Live

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The August issue of Game Informer has been revealed — featuring world exclusive information on id Software‘s latest title, RAGE. Check out the magazine for gameplay details, concept art, and new screenshots.

In addition to the Game Informer story, RAGE’s teaser site, aftertheimpact.com, is now live. According to twitter.com/RAGEGAME, you’ll want to keep an eye on the site all week.

PlayStation 3 DLC Update

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Over at PlayStation.Blog, Ash put together a blog post with an update on the status of Fallout 3 DLC. Here’s a snippet from Ash’s post:

“So when can you expect Fallout 3 DLC? We still have a ways to go. We are knee deep in testing at the moment. We’re hoping to have the first DLC out by the end of September. That long? Yes, unfortunately. Keep in mind that not only do we need to test each DLC on PS3, we also need to test each DLC when used in conjunction with each of the other DLC, as well as all of them together, along with the entire original game.

I do have good news! We have decided that Broken Steel will be the first release since it is easily the most requested DLC from our fans. Broken Steel allows you to continue playing the game after completing the Main Quest, raises the level cap to 30, and includes 4-6 hours of additional gameplay. It is also the one DLC that requires you to finish the Main Quest from the game to play the new content.”

Read Ash’s post for the latest. When we have more details to share, we’ll let you know.

What we’re playing

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This week I’m hearing left and right how great Battlefield 1943 (Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network) is, and from the looks of it, a bunch of guys at the office are going to be waging war this weekend. Hopefully I can squeeze in sometime with the game once I get back home Sunday — if not, I’ll be enjoying some great new iPhone games, including Drop7.

Let us know what you’ll be playing…have a wonderful weekend!

Todd Howard: Daggerfall and BF1943. Such sweet nostalgia.

Emil Pagliarulo: Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Battlefield 1943, Overlord 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (all on 360).

Ashley Cheng, Production Director: Battlefield 1943.

Tim “Visor” Lamb: Battlefield 1943 and Tiger 2010.

Gavin Carter, Producer: Halo 3.

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Around the web

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The weekend’s almost here, but before we head out, here’s one last web roundup.

There’s a trio of new interviews that went up in the last day. Jeff Gardiner answered Mothership Zeta questions at OXM UK, GameObserver chatted with Production Director Ashley Cheng, and Skewed & Reviewed interviewed Pete about ZeniMax’s acquisition of id Software.

Moving to features, there’s a couple to check out at Gamasutra. Up first, they have a list of 20 Essential RPGs — which included The Elder Scrolls series. Elsewhere on the site, James Portnow has a feature about designing moral choice in games that discusses Fallout 3.

Similar to the Gamasutra piece, there’s a featured story at Destructoid by zombiekiller13 about the tough choices he made while traversing the Capital Wasteland. Here’s a snippet:

“But here it is; I became so engrossed in this game that I began to envision them as living, breathing people. People who went about their lives while I was out exploring the world. What were they doing during my abscence. Did Moira tick anyone else off with her condescending attitude? Was Nova bedding as many of the residents as she could, or was she waiting for me to make a weekly visit? Was the sheriff taking care of a drunken Jericho who was making advances on a reluctant Lucy?”

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Todd Howard talks about 15 years of The Elder Scrolls

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A little while back, the guys at Planet Elder Scrolls pinged me about doing an interview in celebration of The Elder Scrolls’ 15th Anniversary. After locking Todd in the Imperial City Prison (i.e. his office), he emerged with answers to their questions. Here’s a snippet:

Has any the community had an impact on the creation of The Elder Scrolls games?

Todd Howard: Of course, absolutely. How people feel about the games, what mods they create or play with, all of it matters. We see most of it, and talk about it in the office, and it has a dramatic effect on what we do.

You can find the rest of the interview here, as well as a look back on The Elder Scrolls Series written by the Planet Elder Scrolls team.