Is it getting hot in here?
Gardner here, back by popular demand. OK, maybe you didn't exactly
demand me to write another TWAI article, but Ken and Mer are
off taking a much-deserved vacation somewhere in paradise. As jealous
as that makes us all, there is a bright side: things are definitely
looking up. On several levels. The end of what was one of the worst
winters I can remember has finally given way to spring and one of the
most exciting times in Irrational's history.
For the 3+1/2 of you out there that weren't already aware, we just
finished publishing our first title, Freedom Force vs. The 3rd Reich.
I can't even begin to tell you how nervous the entire process made
us. It was a huge step to say the least. Thankfully, the part that I
view to be the most nerve-racking - waiting for the reviews and
feedback from our fans - has been about as positive an experience as
can be. The fantastic reviews continue to pour in and the dark cloud
of anticipation has finally broken up. Kind of like this winter
As if that wasn't hot enough, SWAT 4 is a mere two weeks away from
hitting stores. I suppose I should have nerded out and used some sort
of PR speak and said something like: "SWAT 4 is ready to breach bang
and clear its way into stores on April 5", but I figured I'd spare the
lot of you. However, I will NOT spare any of you from a thorough
beatdown online when this game comes out. Trust me, you won't even
know where you're getting tased from.
In all seriousness, I cannot wait to play some new people and see what
cool tactics you all have lined up. It's always a huge reward to see
people playing your game in ways you never imagined. I picked up some
interesting tidbits from jumping into the beta from time to time.
Stuff that I'll surely be using in the SWAT 4 Ladder that Meredith
discussed in last weeks column. That is, if I'm good enough to make
the cut here when we have our internal contest to figure out who's
going to compete in the official ladder. Keep your fingers crossed
for me; it can get pretty brutal in here when we play.
Speaking of brutal, Jason Ocampo gives brutally awesome hands-on
impressions with the final build on gamespot today. How was that
for a transition? Anyhoo, I'm not one to throw around quotes like
Meredith, but I found one particularly sexy:
"Like some of
Irrational's other recent games, SWAT 4 seems very promising right out
of the box. And once again, Irrational is looking like it's one of the
most versatile development studios in the industry with its ability to
develop games in so many different genres."
I don't care what Mother
Nature has planned, it's quotes like that that leave little doubt that
things are heating up at Irrational.
--- Bill Gardner