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Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 1:29PM ZenJitsu said

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Fantastic news! I'm glad he's not out of the gaming business; he's the kind of dev you wish there were more of: honest, passionate and a brilliant manager. And by dev, I mean someone you'd want to work for. Also: zombies? lock and load!

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 1:34PM arnavdesai said

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This guy has some brains on him, will look forward to this.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 4:46PM (Unverified) said

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I see what you did there.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 1:45PM Vlo said

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Was sort of hoping to see Jeff open up his own game publishing company so he can buy ArenaNet back from NCSoft. Though this seems very interesting.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 1:44PM (Unverified) said

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Personally, I find the news disappointing. Another great game developer is moving from PC to consoles... Still, I wish him all the success in the world.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 2:22PM Anatidae said

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More money in consoles on sales. Console subscriptions could be a goldmine. I don't own a single console at the moment though, so I hope a PC version gets made too.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 3:12PM GryphonStalker said

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As a gamer who highly enjoys playing MMO's with her husband. I am bummed about the console decision and hope they reconsider doing a PC version.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 1:53PM Keen and Graev said

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Consoles... blech.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 1:57PM Atnor said

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Nice start with the Q&A post.

Liked the answer about subscription vs RMT-focused game design. Big believer of the pros and cons of each model, and your game has to fit. Nice to see he has a good handle on that.

Cool concept, but, he lost me at console MMO. Oh well.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 2:10PM Meagen said

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This will no doubt be a great game because zombie consoles are the scariest thing ever.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 2:21PM Aganazer said

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It sounds like they are on the right track. Here are a few interesting bits I found from the interviews and such...

"Zombies are fun because they give us an excuse to break all the rules, without guilt. I’m not just talking about over-the-top violence — we’ve got aliens, terrorists, and robots to fulfill those needs"

"The game will almost certainly be subscription based."

"same-screen cooperative play"

Will have fast and slow zombies.

"Strain says that it will work in a different way than you're use to, with more quick action for shorter bursts, and far more survival elements than a traditional MMO. Undead Lab's zombie game will feature far more focus on how characters develop over time through the choices they make, instead of simply leveling up mathematically."

"One of the very first goals is going to be to get together with other players and establish a place that you can call your own that you must actively maintain and defend"

"It is important to state that this is not a horror game. You have to have a purpose and you have to believe you're trying to survive for a reason and that is why you have a safe base."

Another interview implies that it won't be a "classic zombie corridor shooter". :)

"it is going to be an M-rated game"

"this isn't something you're going to see next Christmas or the Christmas after"

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 3:20PM Triskelion said

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Eff consoles.....they're toys with 4 year old technology, heck my netbook is more powerful then a 360.

Almost 1 out of 2-3 homes in the US has a pc, so there is your built-in audience. The pc gaming market should not be shrinking, every year Microsoft re-commits to pc gaming with some new initiative then fizzles out.

Developers go after consoles because it is low hanging fruit; console owners have a black box and unless they have games to play on it it collects dust. The strength of the console is its weakness; proprietary.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 4:27PM breezer said

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These complaints about the consoles don't make any sense to me.

Who cares if it's on a console if it's a good game?! Who cares if the technology is old. How old is WoW technology? 15 years?

If it's fun, who gives a damn?

Srsly. What difference does it make?
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 4:36PM Triskelion said

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Who cares? Most of console games are shit and are in the process killing pc gaming.

The technology of the 360 is limiting what developers can do, which is why MMOs have such a problem on consoles; limited hard drive space, limited ram, limited video capabilities too. Most, if not all, of the big shooter titles are for consoles, and the MP is neutered because you can only have 12 players max? and the maps are tiny and you cannot have vehicles.

Try and find me an equivalent of BF2 pc, MP, on the 360? On the pc we had 64 players, tanks, helicopters, jets, massive maps......don't tell me technology doesn't mean anything.
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Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 3:52PM oxlar said

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console MMO? Pass. Besides, how many different zombies can you kill in an MMO before your ready to pull your eyes out in boredom?

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 4:25PM breezer said

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Sounds awesome and he comes across as very likable in an honest way.

On the other hand I'm really not a fan of subscription model elitists. You wanna know what's REALLY fun, Jeff? Not paying 180 bucks a year to play a game.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 5:01PM Dumac said

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Whatever. I hope he doesn't start a trend of MMOs migrating to consoles, as just about everything else. Of all the people to do that, please, not him. For entirely selfish reasons, i am going to wish his dream of taking the industry in another direction, which is apparently consoles, fails, because MMOs have come to become one of the last staples of PC gaming. And now this. Don't do this to me. :(

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 7:09PM Its Utakata stupid said

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Sorry. I stopped reading after consoles.

Posted: Nov 23rd 2009 9:46PM Tom in VA said

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I have a lot of admiration for Strain, but this particular game he's developing now sounds just awful for quite a number of reasons. Fortunately, there are many other good games in the pipeline from other developers

Posted: Nov 24th 2009 7:42AM (Unverified) said

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No surprise.

After all Guild Wars was awful too.

Lucky they didn't put a subs on it or else to would be dead 4 years ago.
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