Gameguru Mania got a chance to talk with Sergey Zabaryansky of Deep Shadows, as he talks about White Gold: War in Paradise, the upcoming first person shooter with RPG elements which is set on Caribbean Islands. The game is slated for release in Q4/2007.
GGMania: Could you introduce yourself to our readers and tell them a
little bit about what you do on White Gold?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: Hi. My name is Sergey Zabaryanskiy, I'm a director
of Deep Shadows.
GGMania: Can you give us a little background on the development team working on White
Gold? Is this the same core team with which produced Boiling Point?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy:Yes, the core team remained the same. Also, we've welcomed several new
specialists with a huge experience in game industry. The Boiling Point gave my
colleagues a lot of experience and our professionalism has grown significantly.
At the moment the development team can define priorities more efficiently and
single out necessary resources for their implementation.
GGMania:Were you pleased with the reactions that Boiling Point received? Why the game
(especially the initial release) has so many errors? What's happened?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: There were ups and downs. When we started developing Boiling Point nobody
believed that Freeplay shooter with RPG elements in the real setting can be
done. But we proved that such kind of the game can attract attention of many
players and, as a result, a lot of gamers have become our fans. Now we have a
conception, so, our main goal is to do the game with medium requirements and
without drawbacks of Boiling Point.
GGMania: Can you give us an overview of White Gold, telling us what the game is all
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: This time we'll visit one of small Caribbean countries. The political and
warlike situation is the same as it's in Colombia itself, in the first part of
the game. So there won't be any climatic or social innovations in White Gold. As
far as landscape is concerned, I should say that the scene in White Gold takes
place on various islands - from tiny atolls, where you can fit only a dozen of
palm trees, up to huge islands where there are several cities, villages and
bases of the hostilities. As for the plotline, we'll keep it a secret. But an
attentive reader can guess about it from the title of the game. I can only say,
that it's not salt or sugar.
GGMania: Tell us what these RPG elements are and how it affects gameplay?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: The RPG-system will be very perplexed and interesting. Well, RPG/action
balance will not be changed. The game will be very dynamic; shooter fans will
enjoy an action-element. An advanced system of breakable objects and rag doll
will make fights more impressive. After passing each level there will be opened
up new possibilities and the player will get many notable advantages. The main
feature in RPG-system is perks appearance. They all will be totally different -
both perks increasing player's profiles and the ones providing unique features
such as cat eyes, diver, etc.
GGMania: Compared to Boiling Point, are there any significant differences in the way
you are designing and implementing the AI?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: I would like to say, that in White Gold you will see wiser and astute
opponents with more types of reaction. You will see a more enriched
stealth-mode; the opponents can throw grenades and call for help, and they can
also take you in the reverse.
GGMania: How interactive is the environment? What type of interactivity can players
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: The environment of White Gold is very interactive. You can talk with any
character, you can drive any vehicle you like, but you have to hijack the
majority of them. A number of subjects you can see around will interact to you -
trees will dandle from blowing-up, furniture will disseminate to pieces and so
GGMania: Please give us a feel for the arsenal that the player will have access to?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: There will be more than a score of different types of weapon. Taking into
consideration wishes of many players, we've decided to make new types of
weapons, including exotic arms and up-to-date armory. You can upgrade your
weapon and add different gadgets to it. This time some upgrades are also visible
on the weapon like score, etc
GGMania: What vehicles are in the game?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: All controlled vehicles: helicopters, tanks, trucks, military and civilian
jeeps, etc. And also cars, boats, motor boats and other water-carriages.
GGMania: How many different handling characteristics does each vehicle possess?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: Every vehicle we use in the game has nearly ten different characteristics,
like speed, power, petrol capacity, grip of the wheels, a maximum turn at the
corner and so on.
GGMania: How are the collision dynamics for vehicles worked out? How is damage
assigned in terms of how much damage a car can inflict?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: In White Gold we will see a zonal damage system. All dynamic objects can
interact with vehicles. You can crash cactuses, palms, piles, but your car may
have damage on your way - either a bumper brakes away or a capote, or a door, or
you can blow out yourself.
GGMania: What sort of missions will be a part of the single player game? Can you give
us an example?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: Gamer will find a lot of different missions in the game. Whatever you like -
simple mail quests or difficult forked tasks where you have to bust the
computer, contraband of drugs and antique.
For example, you can take a quest to a photo where contrabandists discharge
goods or, on the contrary, you can contraband these goods in absolute secrecy
and not let a police cutter catch you. Or you can travel to an ancient Indian
temple to disclose a hidden treasure and discover that you have to burst your
way through the bandit's drug storage. You can…..
But all this and much more you will see in the game…..
GGMania: What can you tell us about the engine that is being used for the game?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: First of all, White Gold (as well as our parallel project Precursors) is based
on next-gen Vital Engine 3. It supports shadders 3.0, all the modern
post-effects, such as motion-blur and others. Many objects are breakable, there
will appear rag doll, vehicle physics will approximate to Grand Theft Auto
series, and the system of their destruction will be more advanced than it was in
GTA: San Andreas.
GGMania: What types of objects in White Gold have physical properties? Is it mostly
vehicles, or does every object works with the physics engine?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: All types of vehicles, furniture, transformers, piles and several types of
building work with the physics engine. Most of the objects can be destructed,
moreover, they usually have a regional damage system.
GGMania: The game should offer a map covering over many sq. km, in extreme detail. Do
you plan to reduce the loading times? What kind of hardware should players have
in order to experience good game performance? If I remember well, Boiling Point
needed at least 1GB RAM....
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: We'll do our utmost to make the game work with system 2 GHz, 1 GB RAM.
Secondly, we have to thoroughly work out every single element of the project. It
mainly refers to vehicles and the system of their destruction. We'll try to
contribute much more time and efforts to testing and fixing the bugs.
We think that the territory size is more than enough to realize all our ideas.
We're going to concentrate on working out the missions, character classes and
subject depth. And, of course, we won't forget about natural beauty of the
GGMania: Will the game have a multiplayer mode? If so, what will it include?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: We don't promise anything now, but, of course, we would like to make a
multiplayer mode. It all depends on time.
GGMania: What, in your view, is the most exciting aspect of White Gold?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: First of all, of course, an inimitable Latin-American picturesque colouring,
facetious conversions, beautiful landscape, original ending. Very auspicious
mixing action and RPG .
GGMania: Currently, how far in development are you and when do you expect to release
the game? Will it be released in the UK/North America?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: The release is planned for Q4 2007, and, then there will probably be the world
GGMania: Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Is there anything
you want to add that we didn't cover?
Sergey Zabaryanskiy: You're welcome. It was a pleasure to communicate with you. We'll keep you
informed about the game development. Have a nice day.
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