Warner Bros. Interactive had two important games on display at E3 2008: Project Origin and LEGO: Batman. We had a chance to sit down with project leads Dave Matthews and Richard Earl to find out exactly what these titles had in store for us.
For those of you who have been following the F.E.A.R. series, you'll already know that the developers at Monolith Productions have been hard at work putting together the next title in the horror shooter. We are happy to report that the game is coming along quite nicely indeed. Players will take on the role of Michael Becket in the city of Auburn searching for Genevieve Morrissey, while battling Alma's horde of Replicant soldiers. Sound familiar? It definitely is, but that's a good thing.
What's different about Project Origin, however, is that it is far more cinematic, scary little Alma has matured and is even darker than before, and the enemy A.I. is even better. Plus, players will be able to hop into Elite Powered Armor (EPA) mech suits that simply tear the enemy apart. This mechanic didn't seem contrived at all; it just looked like a whole lot of fun. Supposedly the game is still in development, but the extended glimpse we were afforded looked polished and enticing. According to Dave Matthews, the amount of gameplay varies from 10-15 hours, but a complete-ist might take as long as 20 hours to clear out all the baddies. Project Origin should be on shelves by the end of 2008 for PC, 360, and PS3.
Later, we were treated to an amusing romp in the city of Gotham. 2008 is being called "the year of the bat" and Traveler's Tales is doing their part with LEGO: Batman the Videogame. The game incorporates all the object busting, stud collecting, and humorous gameplay we have come to expect from the LEGO series. In addition, LEGO: Batman has amped up the puzzles by including a very interesting suit mechanic.
Throughout the various levels, Batman and Robin can change into strategically placed suit depots that give the Caped Crusader and Boy Wonder unique abilities, which in turn are used to advance you through the levels. In all, there are 60 levels for players to enjoy. Play is divided evenly between both campaign and free play as well as between the heroes and villains of Gotham. That means you'll be able to play as Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn, Two Face, Bane, Catwoman, and many more. The whimsical fun will be hitting all major platforms including PC, 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, DS, and PSP on September 23, 2008.
That was it for Warner Bros. Interactive. We've got a feeling that the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) will be far more informative. Nevertheless, the announcement that FFXIII is making its way to 360 was a big enough nugget of news to keep us occupied till TGS in mid-October.
CCC Editor / News Director