E3 2008: Spore Updated Look

Will Wright takes the stage at the EA press conference to show off his creature-riffic creation game.

We could listen to Spore creator (and founder of EA's Maxis Software studio) Will Wright talk about anything--even science--for hours on end. And, in fact, he did just that during today's Spore presentation at EA's E3 press conference. Of course, Wright's talk wasn't hours long--it lasted only 15 minutes or so--but during the talk, he touched on the scientific ideas behind Spore's creation and managed to present some amusing anecdotes about the popularity of the game, despite its release still being several months away.

During the presentation, Wright explained that, much like his younger days experimenting with chemistry sets, Spore represents a fusion of the scientific and the creative--a game that seemingly looks to challenge your intellect as much as it stokes your imagination. Wright pointed to the recently released creature creator as proof. Released just a few weeks ago as a free download or a paid retail version, the Spore creature creator can be used to create the many different types of creatures that will inhabit the Spore universe.

And we mean many different creature types. As Wright explained, he hoped to have about 100,000 user-created creatures available by the game's launch, with 1 million created by year's end. Instead, users created 100,000 creatures in the first 22 hours of the creature creator's release. As Wright said, it only took them another six days to have passed the 1 million mark. As of the last count, Wright said there were 1,756,869 user-created creatures in the Spore database; about 100,000 more than there are known species in the actual world.

And it isn't just quantity that has been created so far, Wright said. During the presentation, he showed a number of examples of user-created creatures in a slideshow--everything from the sort of fantastical creatures you've likely seen in the game's screens and videos to more realistic and recognizable versions of common animals (even a few humans as well). Some of the more creative types have even gone on to develop creatures that don't look anything like living beings--but rather like helicopters, jet planes, and sailboats.

Wright also mentioned that the game will feature a partnership of sorts with the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), which will somehow use the game to help further the collaborative goals of that collective group--more details will surely be revealed in the future. After his presentation, Wright showed off a brief trailer for the game that gave a good overall sense of the ever-changing feel of the game--as you evolve your single-cell creation to more complex organism, emerge from the sea, develop societies, weaponry, and, eventually, space travel, then set off for the stars to explore new worlds.

With the game set to debut on the PC on September 7 this year (and DS, mobile, and iPhone versions of the game in the works), it's clear that Wright, Maxis, and EA hope Spore becomes as prevalent a brand as another Maxis creation: The Sims. While it's impossible to say if that will happen, we do know that we can't wait to get our hands on the final version of the game. Stay tuned for more Spore coverage in the coming weeks.

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discover192
discover192

TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spore rocks! This is a great game and well worth buying. The only part I wasn't happy with was the tribal stage.

typeRseries
typeRseries

DO NOT BUY...LIMITED TO 3 INSTALLATIONS DUE TO SIMILAR SECUROM EMPLOYED BY MASS EFFECT...GOOD LUCK TRYING TO CONTACT EA AFTER THAT

Tchase85
Tchase85

kinda reminds me of an updated sim earth from back in the day... cant wait to check it out

Sky_King_64
Sky_King_64

Sounds great - but isn't it supposed to come out for Wii too?

pilouuuu2004
pilouuuu2004

Belwar555... Will Wright IS very smart. How can you say otherwise? I'm sure this game will be amazing!

cehok3
cehok3

ass will said...you could play it your WHOLE life and you wont see everything :D i love SPORE....spore fan since beginning :D

Tinz
Tinz

Looks cool but sorry, I don't buy any modern EA games now on account of their DRM / limited activation policies. Is Spore going to be a limited activation product too, the same as Mass Effect?

X382GAJ
X382GAJ

Belwar555, you seem to forget that almost everything Will Wright touches turns to solid gold. I'm just glad he wasn't allowed to choose the name (originally suggested "sim everything")

Belwar555
Belwar555

Seems kinda stupid. Combining so many game elements at the same time is not that smart - it will appeal to lots of peopl, sure, but wont be amazing in a ny way either. The idea looks good on paper, but I don't think it will work out that well.

GriffinLord602
GriffinLord602

This game will be an intriguing and original look into simulation kinda games. The replay of this game looks like its gonna be forever never ending :S :L LoL.

rbrwebber
rbrwebber

This looks boring to me. I don't think it will be as fun as the sims. I won't be able to control all of the creatures.

luckygamer07
luckygamer07

i cant wait for this game, and i downloaded the spore creature creator and its awsome iv made like 20 creatures already lol. [add me on xfire (luckytrooper7) so we can play a game or something]

dimsey
dimsey

If a Wii version does come you can bet on it being not really a port of Spore so much as a spin-off with a different take on the idea, kind of like the DS version. Not to say it won't be good, it just won't be like the Spore PC users get to enjoy.

axelviiii
axelviiii

To the Sonic77777777 (Agh! the sevens!) Yeah, it's supposedly gonna be on the Wii, but nothing has really surfaced on the Wii version. I'm doubting the likeliness of it being on the Wii. It'd be a saving grace if it was on the Wii.

EQShaman
EQShaman

all of the video here are of the pc version right?

Sonic7777777
Sonic7777777

Isn't this game supposed to come out on Wii too?

xialon
xialon

This game is going to be amazing.

PHeMoX
PHeMoX

[quote]As of the last count, Wright said there were 1,756,869 user-created creatures in the Spore database; about 100,000 more than there are known species in the actual world.[/quote] This number is off... there are somewhere around 6 million species known... there are about 2.6 million classified / categorized and the estimates of total amount of species go from 8 million up to 30 million different species. All insects on the entire planet alone are estimated to be up to perhaps 8 million species in total, so I'd be surprised if the real number of species is not much higher than at least 6 million.

bad_furby
bad_furby

@ doriko down there: i just ahd a friend download Bioshock for me cuz he wanted to see how it played on my new laptop lol

bad_furby
bad_furby

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brian_13un
brian_13un

Wow very nice indeed I was waiting for this

Nodashi
Nodashi

Thesaintdog is right. I had a huge problem with C&C 3 payed download via EA download manager, the game would only run when my internet was active (cause of the security online modules) and would fail to run everytime EA server was messy... I ended up buying another copy of C&C 3 (because I'm a sucker and because I live the C&C franchise) but I'd NEVER buy via EAdownloader again.

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

Didnt know the creature creator became so popular. Will surely have to look into it now before the launch. Are the abilities of the creatures defined by the creator or will they be developed as the species progress from single cell to more complex organisms?

denaz
denaz

Looking forward to this game, looks like it will be great fun!

thesaintdogg
thesaintdogg

lumeiwan that's no where near true. I have had more than enough problems with many games "protection" , with a legally bought copy. Mass Effect. Spore Creature Creator - The reason I will never buy an EA downloads game again, as I can't play them half the time I want to. A required security module.... restart... a required security module... Not saying I have not found the solution, I have, however I shouldn't have had to look. There should never have been a problem. The ONLY reason I hesitate on whether to buy SPORE on release day, compared to weeks later, is because of EA's shoddy protection, and POOR customer service. Just because you have not had the problems, does not mean they don't exist. Mass Effect was the first NOCD I ever downloaded, and I wish It were the last-but I somehow think that will not be the case. thank you, GCW

doriko11
doriko11

rockatanski is right. there are some games you just wont download no matter who you are. like , Bioshock or crysis ....

rammsteingamer
rammsteingamer

Wow i really think this game is going to be really good.. Lets see, if it is as expected we will have to thank the creative mind of will right ... (again) Heads up :)

Bit0ZERO
Bit0ZERO

Where's the screens for wii?

rockatanski
rockatanski

This is the kinda game that is totally worth owning as an original, even if you are a dickhead pirate.

lumeiwan
lumeiwan

Vito, you shouldn't have any problems if you really bought the game compared to pirating it.

vito_128
vito_128

i Only worry about the copy protection now.... Maybe they will ask for an eye scan to let me play..

prototype24red
prototype24red

love this game im getting it the same day it comes out.

prototype24red
prototype24red

love this game im getting it the same day it comes out.

prototype24red
prototype24red

love this game im getting it the same day it comes out.

prototype24red
prototype24red

love this game im getting it the same day it comes out.

Sunrie
Sunrie

@DiscGuru101 EA isn't antagonizing or supporting anything. That's like saying the God of War series is supporting polytheism...

JONBO
JONBO

dudes read and look it is gona come out for the ds and maby the wii. yes it will run on mac and IT IS SO GONA MAKE IT. i downloaded the creture creator and its pretty sweet.

mustafa117
mustafa117

ur mother wıll faıl ın bed jın_kazawa

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

My only worry is what type of horrible copy protection they will force upon us. I wouldn't be surprised if they want finger prints.

Jin_Kazawa
Jin_Kazawa

This game generated a world-record amount of hype... I think it will fail when it comes out. :)

GHEmpire
GHEmpire

lol the pc version is the only one with the rts game. other versions are more about the one creature you can control XD

gahzoo
gahzoo

i hope the wii version is a full one cause my pc specs suck also people stop making those stupid perverted creatures.

bladez89
bladez89

most innovative game..must-play for all PC gamers!

Kryptnyt
Kryptnyt

This game reminds me of Impossible Creatures, but looks a lot better

eheid
eheid

Awesome! This had better come out for Mac!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Partnership "of sorts" with SETI sounds ridicules. I say go all the way! Slap a giant red sticker on every box that says: "SETI approved science fiction."Or, let's just leave Spore a video game to have massive amounts of fun with. EA is antagonizing debate with this move. Because the game simultaneously supports both positions.