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Painkiller Interview
(hx) 02:35 PM EST - Mar,26 2004

GGMania got a chance to talk with Simon Vivien, Brand Manager at DreamCatcher Games, as he answers a few questions regarding to Painkiller, the upcoming first-person horror shooter from People Can Fly (ex-members of Lemon Interactive). According to interview, the game international release date is April 12th!

GGMania: Could you introduce yourself to our readers and tell them a little bit about what you do on Painkiller
Simon Vivien: I'm Simon Vivien, Brand Manager at DreamCatcher Games and I'm in charge of Painkiller for Europe.

GGMania: To start off, can you give us a brief overview of Painkiller?
Simon Vivien: Painkiller is all about one thing : action. No levers. No enigmas. No scripting. Just plain mayhem. You are Daniel Garner, a seemingly regular guy killed in an horrific car crash. Trapped in a dark and unwelcoming world, you struggle to uncover the reasons why you've been denied entry into heaven. Awaiting your purification, you must fight through an endless number of demon warriors as you attempt to stop the imminent unholy war. The game uses a proprietary next-generation graphic engine (PAIN engine), which truly surpasses anything existing. On top of that, we added a serious physics layer, since we use what is probably the most advanced physics engine, Havok 2.0. And we have done things with it even the Havok representatives didn't think possible !
GGMania: Are you pleased with the reactions that the recent demo received?
Simon Vivien: We are not pleased : we are stunned ! The demo has now been downloaded over 1.5 million times, and the feedback we received from the community was terrific. Bugless (almost, this is videogames :o), a scalable engine and above all a tremendous single-player experience with kick-ass physics : I believe everyone who played the demo enjoyed it, so that's the greatest response we could get.

GGMania: Are you implementing any changes to the game based on this response?
Simon Vivien: Yes, but you will see that when the reviews will come out :o) Seriously, we have been using player feedback from the very beginning of the development - the community of Painkiller beta-testers has been limited in numbers, but their feedback makes them the most valuable people I ever had the chance to work with. We do take seriously all types of input we receive.

GGMania: Was there anything that you wanted to include in the demo that you couldn't because of time constraints?
Simon Vivien: Hmm, not quite. We put 3 levels in this demo, well tuned, to provide a valuable experience and look at how the game feels.

GGMania: Can you reveal more about what settings will be featured in the full version? How many levels can we expect?
Simon Vivien: Hehe, wait for the final game, the teasing will soon be over :o) Just notice that the game will feature 24 single-player levels, 7 multiplayer maps and 5 game modes - out of the box.

GGMania: The weapons in Painkiller demo seem limited at first glance. Can you be more specific now about what weapons will be in the final game?
Simon Vivien: The game will feature 5 weapons - we decided to focus on quality rather than quantity. Each of them features primary and secondary modes. The 5 weapons are : Painkiller, Stakegun/Grenade launcher, Shotgun/Freezer, Rocket Launcher/Chaingun, Electrodriver.
I'll leave it up to you to decide which is your favourite, but I believe the Painkiller and the Stakegun will remain in the history of videogames... Crap, even I cannot tell which is my favourite.


GGMania: Can you be more specific now about the game's multiplayer support? Will there be co-op mod?
Simon Vivien: Go to www.painkillergame.com , the official site. You can read everything about multiplayer there, participate in the forums and then stay tuned for
the latest news on Painkiller

GGMania: Is there going to be a Linux server for Painkiller, and if so when can we expect it?
Simon Vivien: The server platform will be Windows based at start, but we do plan to implement Linux support shortly.

GGMania: What are you currently focussing on in the game, in terms of development?
Simon Vivien: Getting it done :o) Working out the few remaining bugs, rendering the cinematics, tweaking and tweaking and tweaking the multiplayer settings and maps (speed, reload rates), burning it on 3 CDs AND GET SOME SLEEP !

GGMania: What do you wish you could have included but couldn't?
Simon Vivien: Honestly ? Nothing. Painkiller's birth has lasted over 2 years, so it gave us much time to integrate or even take out what we wanted.

GGMania: What, in your view, is the most exciting aspect of Painkiller?
Simon Vivien: From my point of view, and I believe many players feel the same, the most exciting aspect of Painkiller is : it's fast and it's fun. Back to the roots of FPS you know. Pin an enemy to a wall, break everything into pieces, battle 50 foot tall bosses, find secret areas and bonuses. Fast and fun.
GGMania: When can we expect to see the game hit store shelves and at what price?
Simon Vivien: The game international release date is April 12th. Given the territories it might be available a bit sooner or later, so stay tuned with your favourite reseller, he will probably know better ! The first run of Painkiller packaging will come in a very high-quality, thick, DVD-like 3 CD set. First time ever this format has been used in the videogame industry, so we hope the pack will truly represent the value of the game :o) This pack will be available at the same price as the standard version (plastic DVD box + slipcase) we will use for the second run of packagings (ie when the shelves will be empty). Don't wait until it runs out, this is collector !

GGMania: Will there be a community map editor and SDK?
Simon Vivien: More to come on this :o)

GGMania: Do you plan to release a multiplayer demo?
Simon Vivien: Hmm, I have an NDA on that but I can tell you one thing : the multiplayer demo is scheduled to be released a few days after the game release.

GGMania: Thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview, is there anything else you'd like to tell our readers?
Simon Vivien: My pleasure. Painkiller is a fantastic single-player experience, really. But the multiplayer is going to be even more insane : 3 innovative modes, fast-paced action in FFA spirit, official servers available on D1 hosted by the biggest European network. We already had some interesting contacts during the latest
CPL with top clans and event coordinators, and I can already tell you we are preparing something big, European-wide, on Painkiller. When I mean big, I mean BIG.


Note: Special thanks to Tiscali Games.


genre: first-person horror shooter
release: April 2004
developer: People Can Fly
publisher: Dreamcatcher Interactive

last 10 comments:

Tomposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 15:00
All I can say is. COOL. Nice interview HX, and thanks!

magaposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 15:10
after playing that damn demo, i lost interest in this title. Two words : "Over Simplistic"

xxxxposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 15:13
2 words. ur gay.

asdposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 15:28
lol rofl lmfao

wisemanxxxposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 15:46
this game's atmosphere,graphics and sounds are very good. I played demo. But unfortunately it's boring. I can play it for 15 minutes and the excited atmosphere was gone... I wish there was more different things to see and play than other fps games... only good graphics and sounds are not enough..

Christopher Rakposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 18:11
I don't know what all the fuss is about the demo is great & very much fun. I hope the full version is just as good! This game will be a clasic! I pre orded it, I can't untill it comes out!!

Noposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 20:48
the gfx & action side look great, shame that the storyline sounds kinda half assed. Personally I will be skipping this one, in exhange for purchasing a game that contains all the features I stated above. I will probably just go and replay Half-life until one comes along.

Dan Townsendposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 21:42
This game is good-ass-hell ever! and if those of you pignose gonna post a negative commenting about this title better get the hell outta here ya heear.

just wanna have Funposted - Mar, 26 2004 - 22:27
WTF is wrong with you poeple if your looking for a focking story line go play Final Focking Fantasy, its a gd FPS just like Quake123 you go around and kill shit. oh yeah there's a million or more online Quake and UT players out there just dying to play something new that involes plain old killing and blowing shit up. Can you say FUN ! yes mindless put your brain on the shelf FUN DAMN'T. PAINKILLER ROCKS... nuff said.

Noposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 01:06
Funboy -> there are plenty of fps's out there, and I have just about played them all. Postal 2(MY FAVOURITE non brainer)Quake 1,2 & arena, Unreal 1,2 and tournament 2003, doom 1 & 2, Corridore 17, wolf3d... fook the list goes on blah blah blah. I've had my fill of no brainer fps's and these day's I crave a solid story aswell as action in my fps. That does'nt make this game bad, nor unappealing, It's just how I judge enjoyment & purchase value nowadays, others will view value differently of course. So for those of you who do eventually buy, play and enjoy the full rel, I'm pleased you got your moneys worth. No Mercy - No Further Comment

asdposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 02:59
only 5 weapons col

the same old gameposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 08:51
LOL ppl having a go at other ppl's opinions on a COMMENT section, how peverse. The game is ok, nothing new. I will buy it, play it, take it back. easy.

Bill Gatesposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 08:55
funboy - you obviously left your brain on the shelf, didn't you? Your english and spelling is abysmal, and your sentence constructs are non-existant. Oh wait, those are big words... you might not understand me. Try reading a book and paying attention in your English classes.

Mrs Jonesposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 10:10
Dear Bill, How are people supposed to pay attention and read at the same time? Perhaps if you hadn't been reading "Pocket Snooker For Beginners" in your English classes you would have learnt that "existent" is spelt with a letter "e" and that three ellipses (periods, fullstops) may only be used within quotation marks to designate that part of a quote is missing. Learn to use the semicolon before you lecture others. Amateurs. Yours sincerely, Mrs Jones (DipEd)

asfposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 11:25
Mrs. Jones is right, and also you might be aware that the conjugation of "you are" is spelt with an apostraphe, as is all conjugations, making it "you're".

Mrs Jonesposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 13:10
His use of "your" was grammatically correct.

Chrisposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 13:27
the demo wouldnt even run on my pc..and my pc is good... got a nice grey screen... just looks like a rush around shoot shoot die game..

forbidden@forbidden.posted - Mar, 27 2004 - 15:18
there is certainly a market for these shooters . but after playing FPS games since my old 286 i seek something better to spend my money on ..

Tomposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 15:33
I don't care what anyone says about this game, I'm getting it one way or another. This is a fun game, to me. It's a change from all the repetition that is out there. It's fun pinning people to the walls and I like all the weapons and the big boss at the end the graphics are pretty original all around! Graphics and Ragdoll physics make this game addictive they do a really good job. I don't know what the mp will be like but at the same time he said it would be cool and I believe the guy at this point. This is a good game. If you don't like it, that's your choice. I'd have loved to help beta test this game, had I known about it earlier. Toooodaloooo

BILL GOLDBERG(TM)posted - Mar, 27 2004 - 15:40
Man whatever u nobrains think only graphics and sounds dont make a game good. In my viewpoint this game is not as good as all the hype is it generating(according to the claim of the interviewed guy). I have played many nonbrainers and i am bored of them . BOTTOMLINE : THIS GAME SUX ASS

xxxxposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 15:54
so you have no brain anymore? Thanks for letting us know mr gamer. BOTTOMLINE: YOU'RE GAY

chrisposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 17:58
weeee everyone is gay lol .... cant u call people sumthing else then gay???

Ray Tardposted - Mar, 27 2004 - 23:18
I thought it was kind of boring also. I played the demo, was thrilled with the physics and the giant monsters. Then I played it again. It is too easy. I haven't played it since. That was a real shocker. The first time I played it I was thrilled by the physics and the stake gun. I planned on playing it all the time. I forgot I even have the demo unless I happen to look directly at the icon.

Datruthposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 00:32
I thought half-life SINGLE PLAYER and Deux was wack. Whereas I thought Quake and Serious Sam series were great. I never see the brainless FPS fans bashing thinking FPS when they get acclaim. But let a brainless FPS get a buzz and acclaim. All the stiffs from the "thinking FPS" camp get all flustered. Everyone don’t like what you like. Get over it

Meposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 00:54
That wasn't an interview, it was a PR piece. Look who he talked to - a brand manager. The pr dude kept evading questions and just towing the company line. Why evem print crap like this? NOTE: the painkiller demo *is* fun

xxxxposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 01:31
snore

v1mposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 05:34
I wouldn't mind picking this up in the bargain bin. $40, though, heh.

posted - Mar, 28 2004 - 07:31
all i got to say is a warning to the developer... i remember a while ago there was some stup!d g@y p00f of a weressler that sued rockstar games over max payne.. payne killer was also listed as a name he said he had rights too.. even though it may have been spelt differant.. so was max payne the game from his wresseling name...

Someoneposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 07:32
Simplicity - sister of geniousnes, and this time its more that correct. Imo the best thing to do with game - is to balance it, not adding story, more weapons, and other things to sutisfy ppl like No Mercy. This is how the games should be - good old core, with super graphics/physics. I'm going to buy this one, and enjoy every single moment of it! GJ People can fly!

LUKIposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 15:53
Hello everybody !!! Did You know The Painkiller is from Poland !!! Yes it is true.I hope it will be good game but demo was great . Sorry for my english. SEE Yeahh!!!

Franky McMillianposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 16:28
To "LUKI" welcome you new comers to ggmania.com from the USA this gaming site is were you will find all kinds of complainning bastards. Well feel free to express yourself.

chrisposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 17:53
i've been waiting for a good tournament game, but i think i'll probably just go for doom3

DGposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 18:30
Only 5 (FIVE) weapons!!!!??!?!?!? This sucks...:( The demo was super but.........ONLY FIVE WEAPONS???? Geeez

Tomposted - Mar, 28 2004 - 21:34
@Franky McMillian , and don't forget, scratch yourself.

cyberstormposted - Mar, 29 2004 - 08:32
physics and sounds are really cool. but as u mentioned the story and gameplay is nothing new.... most games are nothing new. do u have any ideas of what could be done on fps games that it is "new" ??

Tomposted - Mar, 29 2004 - 10:57
wow amazing one can judge the story with only knowing so little. And then gameplay is nothing new.. ya gee it's not a change from m16 and ak's and nades.. like every fps has a big mean dude at the end, yes, of course everygame has a big bad ass at the end my mistake. WAY OVERDONE FOR SURE! Way way overdone! Yes, about the only thing similar is SSam and then nothing else. Crap they should have made this game terrorist/counter terrorist! ya, gee THATS not overdone.. geez no. You people are morons. All I can thank right now is God that you aren't game critics and publishing your trash comments. Cuz you're completely useless. This game is gonna be a lot of fun and a good change from the mundane crap like COD, SOF2, MOHAA & RS, 4 lousiest games of the century.

xxxxposted - Mar, 29 2004 - 20:06
i liked the game. i think its original too! i don't care what anyone says this game is nice and its seeing my paycheck! soon.

Bust The Nutposted - Mar, 29 2004 - 22:58
This game would of been a huge fun if it has more weapons like really cool weapons.

Bobby Negrosposted - Mar, 29 2004 - 23:02
To "Bust The Nut" man you nasty horn-dog quite your JERK-OFF bullshit man this is a gaming site it's a talk about game not your nasty behavior.

LeavePainKillaAloneposted - Mar, 30 2004 - 03:16
Only five weapons! Even if there are alternate fires this could be few!

Tomposted - Mar, 30 2004 - 09:16
There's plenty of weapons. 5 weapons with alternative fire. The game was downloaded 1.5million times. People dissing the game are unimportant at this point. The forums for Painkiller are extremely positive. And again, willing to bet it's the same person posting under various made up names saying the same thing. You know, grade school gets out early and he has no friends..what can you do?

Ronposted - Mar, 31 2004 - 07:44
Question: which kind of config for this game under Havoc 2.0? THX

sunkootposted - Apr, 08 2004 - 23:19
best of best game!! this week end!!!

ChopSticksposted - Apr, 12 2004 - 17:55
There is nothing quite like the feeling you get from slamming a big hunk of wood through a meaty substance and making it stick. All I have to say is that I will thoroughly enjoy pinning all you non-believers up against the wall like notes on a bulletin board in multiplayer!

gaijinposted - Apr, 14 2004 - 13:47
This is the polish game and we have it (in Poland) for 5$ - original:) /// we love this game \\\

MasterCJposted - Apr, 16 2004 - 02:23
ehehe I have the DEViANCE rip and it rocks, I might even buy this game, and that's saying something seeng as though I have bought only 1 game and own about 180... SO DON'T DISS PAINKILLER!!!

lonegunner_nlposted - Apr, 27 2004 - 18:24
i play'd the game,(the demo)and it's just like serious sam,pure action, just shooting, and i love sam, so painkiller go on. and if you dont like the game dont play you dont have to!!!!!!

dicktesterposted - Nov, 18 2004 - 06:56
FU sissyboyz !!1 painkiller is teh game

Yasirposted - Apr, 18 2005 - 15:35
Dear Dream Catcher. Happy to see the second part of the game painkiller booh but disapointed to see that the game runs too slow and charactors in the movies are totaly has been changed which dosen't seem good. Please describe.

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