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Enemy Territory: Quake Wars Preview, Interview
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

bit-tech.net recently had the chance to preview the upcoming Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and interview id CEO Todd Hollenshead and Splash Damage owner Paul Wedgewood. The preview covers several topics including the new mega-texture technology used in ET:QW, rumors about a Quake movie, and new accessibility options designed to help those new to the FPS genre.

“The vehicles are really easy to control, we have a newbie driving mode so that if you lose contact with the ground whilst trying to turn left then the wheels won’t lock up and the car will carry on trying to go the way you obviously want to go. But turn on the advanced vehicle controls and it’s like turning off digital stabilisation in a car and you can do a lot more stuff with it.”

I quizzed (Paul Wedgwood) further about these features and he admitted that it’s a reoccurring aspect of the game design.

“I’m really proud of the accessibility of the game. There are people I want to play with who never play things like this and we’ve made it simple for those people to play, but complex enough for hardcore gamers at the same time.”

...“The mega-textures in the game are now about twice the size as they were in that (E3 2006) trailer. Todd Hollenshead said proudly as he sat down to play a game with us. “The technology renders the entire battlefield un-tiled and unbroken to the horizon, representing terrain with inch-level detail.”

“Levels are about a mile across diagonally,” Paul told us as he no-clipped around the mountains, looking for a good place to deploy an artillery turret, “There’s no fog in the levels now. So, if you get into a dogfight with people then they don’t keep disappearing and if you’re in a good spot you can snipe across the whole map.”
The Mac version of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is in progress at Aspyr Media. Head over to the site below to read the rest of the preview and check out a few screenshots of the game.

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