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Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby LOST Cybertronian » Mon May 23, 2011 10:11 am

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Digital Spy had a chance to sit and interview Transformers: Dark Of The Moon game Director Sean Miller. They discuss the differences between DOTM and War For Cybertron games. They also discuss the working relationship between High Moon Studios, Hasbro and Paramount. You can see the interview here. It has also been posted below.

Digital Spy wrote:Last year High Moon Studios released the superb Transformers: War for Cybertron, which was the latest licensed game worthy of its esteemed source material. The team is now turning its attention to the official tie-in title for movie Dark of the Moon, with an original story leading up to the events of the film. DS sat down with game director Sean Miller to discuss the differences between this and its last game, working alongside both Hasbro and Paramount and its unique campaign structure.

The game fits into the canon of both the original Hasbro toy series and the Paramount movies. Was it it difficult arranging a prologue story between two parties?
"It was a little tricky but they were great to work with. They were actually very receptive to the creative ideas. We've been working with Transformers for a while, so we've done a lot of background with the lore, we know the characters, we know the Hasbro history with those characters. They allowed us to bring a lot of that into the story. We had took a look at what was going on in the firm, and we came up with things that fitted into the Hasbro cannon of the Transformers universe, and Paramount made sure it fits in with what they're doing, but doesn't spoil anything. If you play the game, it doesn't spoil anything in the movie, it gives you a background, a little of what goes in-between, and as a studio that's something we really like to do. I was actually really happy with the level of interaction they gave us and creative freedom, to be honest."

How does working on this movie tie-in compare to the mostly original War for Cybertron?
"What we did, we relied on what we know about the Transformers universe. Essentially, just as we've done with previous Transformers products, we look at the history, the back story, and we dig into what the fans are really enjoying. This just gave us another offshoot of fans that we wanted to take a look at. What was interesting about it, I'm a fan of Transformers, I actually like all of the universe, I like a little bit of everything, so it was unique opportunity to take look at what fans of the movies - they're not necessary direct crossovers to some of the fans of the original content, by that I mean the older content - so to bridge that gap, we relied on bringing elements of the lore that we know and love to help us understand what's going on in the films. But then we've got this backdrop of a tremendous amount of previous stuff that goes on in the films, and I've been watching all those movies, and it was about finding things that grow those characters and give you a little more background."


The campaign features a interesting structure where each level focuses on a different character. What does that allow you to do in terms of the story and how you play the game?
"What it allows us to do is create the missions and the objectives all about the things that make each of the characters unique. So using the same core gameplay mechanics we literally get very different experience with each character. So if a character is about blowing stuff up, we can make sure that those objectives are towards that. The story that we develop, essentially the idea was to craft the most accurate portrayal as possible within that story of the level. If we had gone with multiple characters, we would have had to genericise some of the things we had to do. Instead, we can give you something that's fun because you're that character. When you're Ironhide, we're introducing some of the new weapons that he's going to be using in the film. It's interesting because you can pull this giant weapon off your back that's as big as a whole motorcycle and mowing folk down, and that's something you get to do as him and not as anyone else."

How does the new Stealth Force gameplay - where players transform into a vehicle and fire weapons - change the way you approached designing levels?
"It actually opened up the possibilities in the kinds of encounters that we could have. So being able to move in stealth force in the same way that we could move as a robot, it opens up this ability to basically have moving cover, so you might want to use your vehicle form, because when you're in the vehicle form, you're covered more in your armour so the idea is that you have more protection. So in an area where you have lots of cover you might want to be a robot, when you have more open areas where there's not a lot of cover, if you go into your vehicle form you'll be more protected. You've got a lower profile so you've got to hide behind different types of things. But as a player, you now have just as a compelling reason to be a vehicle as you do a robot. You don't have to say, 'Well, I don't want to be a car because as a car I can't shoot', or 'In a car I can't move properly, I don't want to get stuck' - you'll never get stuck this way, you'll always be able to get in and out because it's just a button press, it's very seamless as you're going through, and it almost becomes second nature after the first level."

You can't talk much about multiplayer at this stage, but have you learned from War for Cybertron?
"I can't really talk about the multiplayer too much, because we have some announcements coming up and I don't want to spoil anything there, but we definitely looked at the experience that we had there and what the players there were doing, and we focused our development to work in those areas that we know players were having a good time and enjoying, but I can't talk any more about that."


Licensed games in the past have had this stigma for being poor products, but in recent years they've become better received by critics and players. Why do you think they're improving in quality?
"I think that finding studios that having a passion for the licence is an important thing. Like our studio is filled with Transformers fans. I can't speak to other licensed products, I just know what has helped us with this particular licence, which is that we love the back story and we love all those characters. So when we treat it, we treat it and we're making the game that we would want to play about our characters. I think that's an important element, because in a creative field like this, when you can marry someone's creativity with something they have a passion for, you're always going to get something that's better than it ever could have been."
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby PrymeStriker » Mon May 23, 2011 10:41 am

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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby sentinelprime1234 » Mon May 23, 2011 10:47 am

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Sean Miller is like a broken record, he said the same thing in every interview. Nothing new here!
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby OlivusPrime » Mon May 23, 2011 11:48 am

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Not interested right now, but I'll probably get it at some point down the line - same thing happened with the ROTF game, and that definitely wasn't a mistake.
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby retrothomas » Mon May 23, 2011 7:49 pm

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I'm highly interested. I loved the crap out of War for Cybertron so I have high hopes for this game.
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby NatsumeRyu » Mon May 23, 2011 11:03 pm

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Different interview with Sean Miller and another HM guy, by Hip Hop Gamer on Playstation Home? :) Interview starts at 5:00.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlOiLlnNmYo

I couldn't find this on his site, so there you go. :)
By the way, iirc, he also interviewed them for WfC. Not sure if that was reported on Seibertron or not, way back when...

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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby retrothomas » Tue May 24, 2011 5:05 am

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Thanks for sharing that! I hope there's a demo out soon.
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby noctorro » Tue May 24, 2011 6:19 am

I think the Wii version is totally different from the ps3/xbox version. Like War for Cybertron, Wii's Cybertron Adventures wasn't even made by High Moon.

I also like to see some more melee combat options in the game. In G1 the bots were kicking, punching and throwing each other around if they weren't shooting.
That grabbing stuff was in the first movie game. But it has to be balanced for it to work.

Great thing it's release date is june 14, it softens the wait for the movie :)
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby Fallenprime27 » Wed May 25, 2011 9:42 am

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Well i saw the gameplay and im impress with the graphics especially since thier using the new unreal game engine 3..im definately getting the game for XBOX, DS XL, and hopefully ill get my 3DS....but for the xbox i hope u can play as one or all three of the wreckers
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby HoundimusPrime » Mon May 30, 2011 11:43 am

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Gyrotron wrote:I'm still deciding whether to b uy it for the PS3 or Wii. I'm more towards PS3 but something's calling me to Wii. I guess I'll see on Release Day.


The wii version has a mode where you can play the whole game as stealth force, not a fan of the feature, but you could check it out
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby PrymeStriker » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:35 pm

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HoundimusPrime wrote:
Gyrotron wrote:I'm still deciding whether to b uy it for the PS3 or Wii. I'm more towards PS3 but something's calling me to Wii. I guess I'll see on Release Day.


The wii version has a mode where you can play the whole game as stealth force, not a fan of the feature, but you could check it out


I already decided on PS3 in another post, I guess that leaves lots of confusion for this Gyrotron Thread reply. Why did I choose PS3? Eh, it looks better plus I just feel more comfortable with the Playstation controllers, cause that's what I've been playing all my life (until I got the Wii in '09)
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby retrothomas » Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:55 pm

Motto: "Float like a leaf on the river of life."
Again, the Wii version (if it's being made; I didn't see an announcement on that) will be a different game than the PS3/360 version.
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Re: Interview With DOTM Game Director Sean Miller

Postby chu082011 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:45 am

retrothomas wrote:Again, the Wii version (if it's being made; I didn't see an announcement on that) will be a different game than the PS3/360 version.


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