What We’ve Seen Of Killzone 4 Is The Real Deal
There’s often a disparity between what developers show pre-release and what finally makes it onto your TV/monitor in the final version. We’ve seen it most recently with BioShock Infinite where numerous gamers have noted that there were abilities and sequences shown in trailers and gameplay videos which simply weren’t in the final game. Admittedly, it didn’t stop the game from being absolutely amazing but Irrational still changed things.
An older example is Killzone 2, the supposedly live demo which Guerilla showed at E3 2005 prior to the release of the PS3. It looked great but it was not what players go in the final product. With Guerilla revealing Killzone: Shadow Fall at the PS4 launch drawing parallels was inevitable.
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The developers are well aware of that and came out assuring us that what we’ve seen of Shadow Fall is in fact legit.
“That was one thing where we went ‘Okay, next time around we’re going to be on a stage we’re going to make sure it’s real,’” Guerrilla co-founder Hermen Hulst told Edge.
“We actually made a point of not even claiming it was real, it was as a matter of course that it was real,’ technical director Michiel Van Der Leeuw added.
“I think everybody was onboard with that, there was so much drive for people to make things real. We were working with central in London and the guys in Japan, fixing the firmware to make sure that the Facebook upload would work. It doesn’t get much more real than that.”
They were even bold enough to not bring a back up of the demo in case of technical difficulties.
“We fixed three bugs in the last day that were very, very rare and only happened like once in a hundred playthroughs, but we knew that three of those bugs were in there. So theoretically, there was like a three in a hundred chance of a crash,” Van Der Leeuw said.
“I was very nervous seeing Stephen playing on stage and a lot of coders here in the Amsterdam office watching live-stream were also really, really nervous. But we made it through.”
Any thoughts on this and the probability of developers selling us a lie? Well, perhaps I’m exaggerating but developers are certainly getting more involved in marketing the game and making it look attractive than simply showing off all their hard work.