Black & White Trailer, Dev Update
9:14 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
A new trailer showing off the gameplay in Lionhead's upcoming genre-crossing title Black & White is now available for download. The game has been delayed quite a few times on the PC side, the status of a Mac version or when it might be completed is unknown, but we are quite hopeful in that respect. The gameplay movie weighs in at over 22MB, so only those with the bandwidth (or a lot of patience) need apply. It shows some impressive footage of different parts of the game. The activities of the villagers are shown, as well the good and bad things you can do to them. A very interesting clip includes two creatures fighting (a cow and panther, it appears), which will reportedly make up part of the multiplayer aspects of the game. If you've got a decent connection and are looking forward to the game, it's definitely worth a download.
In related news, a new development update on the game has been posted to GameSpy. The piece was written by Steve Jackson, and in it he attempts to explain why B&W has had so many setbacks. It seems one of the major hold-ups is the AI, which, as you have probably heard, is going to be quite impressive. Unfortunately when a title depends so heavily on the intelligence of its creatures, bugs are bound to arise. Here's a clip with more:
Giving the Creature a mind of its own has been a mixed blessing. There is no doubt that just following your Creature as he wanders about is compulsive viewing. You can never sure what he's going to do next. It's intriguing to watch as he investigates what is food and what isn't -- he tries eating grain, cows, trees, villagers or even rocks. If you ignore him for too long he looks towards you, jumps up and down and waves his arms as if to say: "Hey! Are you still there? Come and play with me!" Have a read through the rest of the update for a humorous anecdote explaining exactly what an AI will do in such a 'free form' game. There has still been no official announcement of a Mac version of B&W, though you can bet IMG will be there if any new details are released.
GameSpy Black & White Dev Update
Programming the Creature's AI has been a monumental task for Richard Evans. Though Richard's list of "A Class" bugs (programming glitches which bring the game to a halt) is now well under control, it's the behavioral bugs that are difficult to anticipate with such a free-form game.
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