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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

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Doctor Who: City Of The Daleks Status Update
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 8 comments

The BBC recently posted an update on the status of the first installment of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. The downloadable series of four 'interactive episodes' based on the popular British sci-fi television series are scheduled to debut with the first episode, City of the Daleks, on June 5th. In the game the Doctor and his companion Amy must travel to the Daleks' home planet in an effort to save Earth.

The whole team has been working so hard in these last few weeks. This is known as the 'crunch' period and lasts until the game is mastered. Crunch seems to be an inevitable result of game development - we try to schedule to avoid it, but never succeed in doing so. People are so passionate about the project and want to do everything to get the game as good as possible. A small bonus is that those that work late nights at Sumo do get treated to a takeaway dinner that they then eat at their desks. Personally I prefer the food from the Chinese takeaway over that from the Indian takeaway - but, frankly, the focus remains firmly on the game rather than paying too much mind to the culinary experience.

Visually the game looks stunning. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of voice directing Matt and Karen - we were recording the lines for a later episode, and they were thrilled to see how they look in their virtual environment. They were both really enthusiastic - it was such fun.

Steven Moffat will be given a copy of the final game in the next day or two. Steven is quite a gamer - he liked what he saw when he played the alpha version. I really hope that he is pleased with the final product. I am sure he will be - the stealth / adventure hybrid conveys the essence of Doctor Who in a very dynamic and exciting way - the way that games can.
Check out the link below to read more.

BBC: Doctor Who Adventure Game Update
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games

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