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Ravensword: The Fallen King

Новости о самой ожидаемой игре в жанре Action RPG.
Далее — интервью с разработчиком от английского ресурса pocketgamer и скриншоты.
Ravensword will be published by Chillingo, and submitted to the App Store by October 15 (to be released a few weeks after that, if the approval process goes smoothly). Ravensword Online, the MMO update slated for next year

Pocket Gamer: Can you tell us how the adventure kicks off?

Josh Presseisen: In Ravensword, you enter a world where people are afraid to leave their houses at night – a mysterious power has overcome the king, and you awake from a coma to find out that you have no belongings, and no identity. You start exploring and building up your character to find out who you are.

There looks to be a wide variety of environments from snowy fields to castles to creepy caves… can you tell us about some of these environments?

You start off in a town, the town of Aven (which is also my son's name). There are mountains, forests, rivers, lava, cliffs, caves, dungeons and other areas to explore. You can go everywhere – you aren't limited with barriers when you are in a specific area. It feels like a large world. Everything is physics-based, so there are objects that you can move or knock over.

What role-playing games have inspired you in the development process? Have you taken more from console and PC titles or competitors on iPhone and other handhelds?

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fable, Gothic, The Legend of Zelda would be the biggest influences on this game. I liked some of the RPG elements of Oblivion, but like the puzzles and missions of the Zelda series. We tried to do a little bit of both and I feel as if we've created a miniature version of a classic 3D adventure/RPG game. Some of the mini-games in Ravensword: The Fallen King directly mirror some of the Zelda mini-games, though there will be a few surprises. We didn't look at any other iPhone games in the construction of our game, it was purely influenced by those titles that I mentioned (and our own imagination of course!).

How important is story? Is there more emphasis placed on exploration and combat or does it get equal billing?

The story is just as important as exploring. You need to follow the story to access certain areas, but you could continue to level up in the lands surrounding the town and keep playing that way if you wish. To obtain the magical runes in the game, you need to follow at least part of the story. In my opinion the runes are the most fun. They allow you to perform some bits of magic, which will be expanded upon in updates and the expansion pack.

What has been the greatest challenge in bringing an open-world 3D role-playing game to iPhone?

Figuring out how to 'break up' the world was a very difficult issue that we struggled with early on. We decided it was best to break the game up into different areas connected by portals. It will truly seem like a massive world when you first explore it. When you go between areas, there will be a loading screen. Loading time depends on [what] your phone is – obviously the older phones will take longer, but it's not bad at all.

That bring us to device compatibility. So we will we be able to play it on first generation iPhone and iPod touch. Will the game launch with firmware 2.2.1 support?

This version will support 2.2.1. You can play on the older devices, but it won't be as smooth as when played on an iPhone 3GS or iPod touch. This will also help us in developing Ravensword Online, which we plan for next year.

Will Ravensword integrate Open Feint or any other network platforms for achievements and such?

We will be working to integrate Chillingo's Crystal SDK into Ravensword, as we have signed on with Chillingo to publish the game.

Given that iPhone is a mobile device and role-playing games require a significant time investment, how have you tackled the issue of portability? How are games saved?

It's a large area to explore, but every time you exit the game, you can continue exactly where you left off. You could play for five minutes, exit out, and not have to worry about it. You can just pick up with what you were doing, check your missions to see if you have any to work on.

How have you approached the issue of control? In other words, what makes the analogue stick and camera controls in Ravensword work, feel natural?

The controls were refined over a long period of time, as far as character movement goes. Tilting up and down controls looking up and down in the game. Movement on the control pad controls forward movement and turning, and even someone (such as my wife) who had never played the game before said it was very easy to control.

Is there any interest in pursuing a PSP mini version of DSiWare iteration of Ravensword?

We will consider it after the release to the App Store, but right now its not on our list of priorities.

Finally, when do you expect to submit the game to Apple and at what price?

It should be submitted October 15th to the App store, pending anything major doesn't come up at the very end. The price will be under $7, but we haven't decided the exact number yet.

1. Игра идет даже на прошивке 2.2.1 на iphone 3g и ipod touch 1g.
2. Игра поступает на модерацию в AppStore 15 октября.
3. Через некоторое время выйдет онлайн версия игры.

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ждем с нетерпением,
интересно он-лайн много трафика кушает…
честно говоря даже не представляю, как это будет вообще работать — взять например мморпг типо вова или линейки, где на оч хорошем соединении при батле в 100 игроков одновременно — лаги будь здоров… А тут edge либо gprs…
а как же wi-fi? скорость шикарная,
благо в России есть точки доступа хаЛявные )))
у меня дома сеть вайфай, и что? Дома играть или в макдак ходить играть? Это тупость.
  • avatar
  • DENiS
  • 07 октября 2009, 23:18
наоборот…вспомните серию из южного парка про ВОВ
и жрачка и туалет под боком)))
-мам! какать!
-что поросеночек?
  • avatar
  • Jajce
  • 08 октября 2009, 01:06
Ага, крутая серия :)
  • avatar
  • Jajce
  • 08 октября 2009, 01:12
А по твоему где в онлайн игры играют? Насколько я знаю в них дома играют.
Ну или скажы хотябы где ты хотел бы играть в нее???
играть в мобильник дома это тупо =)
Лично я играю везде, но не дома.
  • avatar
  • DENiS
  • 07 октября 2009, 20:36
это будет круто)
  • avatar
  • marigor
  • 07 октября 2009, 23:45
я не уверен, что у нее будет хорошее управление
  • avatar
  • fir
  • 08 октября 2009, 00:29
вот так радостная весть:)) особенно интересует онлайновая часть
  • avatar
  • Devil
  • 08 октября 2009, 09:51
Короче подключайте тариф яблочный фрэш,там платишь касарь в месяц,100 мин. бесплатно,300 смс а самое главное безлимитный интернет!!!
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  • Slychik
  • 08 октября 2009, 13:27
как я понял что-то типа вова… соотвественно море багов лагов и тд…хз парнии как это будет выглядеть…
а вообще хочется подобие вова на айфон…
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