In today’s hopeful news we have Electronic Arts which has filed trademarks for four big franchises from the 90′s. Namely Wing Commander, Road Rash, Populous and Theme Park.
Wing Commander and Road Rash were developed internally but Populous and Theme Park were developed by Bullfrog Productions, which was Peter Molyneux’s company before he created Lionhead Studios.
Of course this doesn’t mean anything will happen but we can hope (see possible new X-Wing news for similar dreams). I for one will hope mostly for Wing Commander and Road Rash which used so many of my precious hours on Mega Drive.
In a recent interview with Gamespot UK at GDC 2009, the man who needs no introduction a.k.a. Peter Molyneux seemed very excited about a new project and the technology involved with it.
Obviously he didn’t get into details but hinted we might see more soon.
In comes Andrew Lindsay, animation director at Lionhead and a Swansea Metropolitan University student’s Twitter. It gets a bit complicated but basically industry people often got o universities to make speeches and such. So it would seem that Andrew Lindsay went to SMU and talked a bit about their new project, confirming its existence and saying it would be shown at E3.
They also display some tech demo on skin quality, lighting and facial expression.
Apparently both Lionhead and Microsoft are both in “No Comment” mode but the ‘rumor’ seems legit and well E3 is getting that much more exciting!
Peter Molyneux has always been one for juicy statements and today he struck again. In an interview with GameTrailers from last week he announced that he had plans for Fable III, IV and V and that it was all part of a big arc as would be evident once we play Fable II in October.
He also said he was contemplating doing a sports or driving game simply because these genres seem ‘locked in stone’ and he likes the challenging aspect of making something different.
One can only hope.
Now where is Syndicate?!
Activision, Brutal Legend Survives
Following yesterday’s eventful announcement Tim Schafer announced in a very straight to the point manner that “Brutal Legend is fine.”. Roger and out.
Delays, Delays and Delays!
- Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.K. from 2008 to Early 2009
- Battlefield Heroes from Summer 2008 to 2008
- Tiberium from End 2008 to fiscal year 2010 (April 2009-March 2010)…Ouch!
- Brothers in Arms Hell’s Highway from from August 2008 to September 2008, because apparently they want to coincide the release of the game with the anniversary of Operation Green Market (which the game depicts). If you have no clue what I’m talking about do yourself a favor and go rent Band of Brothers…NOW!