PSN, DLC and Blood Wake XBLA

Ask a Developer!

Steve asked us three (three!) questions.  Which I would say is greedy but I like his questions and in this place I AM GOD so there are no rules except the ones I make.

Are there plans for a PlayStation Network version [of Hydro Thunder Hurricane]?


People ask us this all the time, and unfortunately the answer is no.  Microsoft Game Studios licensed the game from Warner, and as you can imagine Microsoft is not generally all that gung-ho about making games for the PlayStation.  

I say "unfortunately" because some of our best friends are PlayStation owners and we'd love nothing more than to trounce them soundly in HTH multiplayer on PSN, until they cry like scared children.  But it ain't going to happen this time around.

If sales are good, do you plan on doing any future DLC?  In regards to licensing and Warner Bros owning the IP, is it possible to do more DLC?

I don't know the particulars of the licensing deal between MGS and Warner, but I would guess it probably allows for multiple DLC packs.  

We'd love to do more; we have all kinds of ideas for new boats, new tracks, the whole shebang.  But the first part of your question hits the nail on the head:  it's all about the sales.   If you want to see more DLC for HTH, the best thing you can do is go out there and make everybody you know buy a copy of HTH and the Tempest Pack.  

Given the chance, would you ever want to re-release Blood Wake as a XBLA title?


Just a side note here:  Everybody who asks us a question about Blood Wake gets a free hug.

We would totally work on a Blood Wake XBLA port.  And it's not entirely out of the question, since last I checked Microsoft owns the rights to the game.  Of course, there are a lot of things that we would want to change or do differently, so it would probably be more of a sequel than a straight port.

Shhhhhh...PlayStation Move is out

I heard this same conversation twice yesterday:

LAUREL:  Speaking of which, when is the PlayStation Move coming out?

HARDY:  Um, I think it's out already.  Isn't it?

Apparently Sony launched its PlayStation Move bundle three weeks ago, and....did anybody notice?  Not anybody in the press as far as I can tell.  No New York Times Technology feature.  No launch title lineups on the game websites.  Well, OK, IGN posted a review.  But that's about it.  That and a couple of blog posts.

Not exactly the full-court-press media blitz I was expecting.  And not really the kind of coverage a new system needs to pull in those coveted casual gamers.

Microsoft has said several times that they plan to treat the Kinect launch with as much fanfare as they would any new console system launch.  They certainly have an opportunity to capture mindshare in the media.  Here's hoping they don't fail to take it.