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 .
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