Double Fine is freaking awesome when it comes to making good games, and Dropchord is looking to be a great addition to its roster. If you’ve ever wondered how the studio makes its games, then this video is for you.
Senior gameplay programmer Patrick Hackett has put up a time-lapse video of the development of Dropchord. “I regularly captured short videos showing new features or interesting developments,” he writes. “I sped these up and cut them together with one of the tracks from the game.”
And the result is phenomenal. The video shows the evolution of the game’s design, how its appearance changed, and its debut at PAX East this March.
Dropchord is due out on Windows, Mac, and iOS in July.
Fancy watching some more of the upcoming heavy metal epic Brutal Legend? Then we’ve got just what you need: a brand new trailer that explores and explains the fantasy landscape of the action adventure game. Art director Lee Petty also shows off some new concept art, factions and moody weather effects.
The game will be chopping up posers on PS3 and Xbox 360 on Rocktober 13. For the non-awesome inclined, that is October 13. A brutal demo will be released to Xbox Live subscribers this Thursday; cheapskates and PS3 gamers will get the demo on October 1. Those who brutally handed out money to preorder the game are now enjoying their time in the land of heavy metal.
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Variety reports that Activision Blizzard has threatened to sue EA for publishing Brutal Legend, Double Fine’s upcoming heavy metal-themed action-adventure game.
The site’s sources claim that Activision Blizzard sees EA’s claims to pick up publishing rights as invalid due to a belief that it was still engaged in negotiations regarding the title.
The game has quite a publishing history – it was originally set to be published by Vivendi, which merged with Activision to form Activision Blizzard last year. Following the merger, the new company said that it would not publish quite a few titles, including Brutal Legend, Ghostbusters and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, all of which have found new homes.
It is being speculated that Activision is seeking a cash payment for the publishing rights.
Following up on past rumors, the next project from Double Fine Productions (headed by Psychonauts creator Tim Schafer) will be heavy-metal centric Brutal Legend featuring comedy rocker Jack Black. This comes from the latest issue of Game Informer, which carries a feature on the game.
According to the magazine’s website, the game is billed as a “surreal ode to the mythology of rock and roll, starring the talents of Jack Black and a stable of heavy metal legends.” The game is in development for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Some scans from the magazine article have popped up online. It was originally contributed to this forum thread on Double Fine’s forums, but I have mirrored them here for convenience.