Ex-Mafia dev shows off next-gen RPG

Daniel Vavra and new shop Warhorse Studios offer glimpse of unannounced next-gen medieval RPG due in 2014/15.

There has been much talk of what kind of power the next generation of consoles could hold, with GameStop CEO Paul Raines predicting these machines will provide "unbelievable new capabilities" for rendering and speed, among other things. Now, former Mafia developer Daniel Vavra has given a glimpse into what these new machines may be capable of.

Vavra heads up the Czech Republic-based Warhorse Studios and recently provided a video demonstration of what the company's unannounced medieval role-playing game is capable of. The video is embedded below and the game is due in either 2014 or 2015.

Vavra clarified on Twitter that the demo was running on an "old notebook" with a Nvidia 555M graphics card.

According to Eurogamer (via Eurogamer Czech), the environments in the demo were built on a modified version of CryEngine 3, with the rest of the scenery only a small example of what the technology can achieve.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

115 comments
Aragorn823
Aragorn823

The volume is so low you can't even hear that guy talking~!!

adamomars
adamomars

OH ya well i took a shit and it wa brown and chunky. It didnt look anything like this. Barf fuckers BARF!

hartattk
hartattk

Shadows could be sharper, textures are flat, some textures (dirt track) are plain horrible, at distance some textures have obvious tessellation. Also i'd like to see an fps counter showing what that was running at, drops when basic npcs are roaming around, small battle and large battle drops.

 

In saying all of that, i still think it looks nice, but what really matters in the gameplay.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Based on it's ignoble portfolio, I doubt this new game would be worth playing...Who ever returns to the T-rated land of the living after passing, eagerly in most cases, beneath the shadow of evil into the M-rated realms of the living dead?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Uuuurrrrgghhhhh PC gamers ranting on the comments don't have get annoying.

 

The tech demo looks good, if you'd rather sit on your high horse and talk bulls**t though then do it.

 

I myself appreciate advances in gaming technology, it's certainly nice to see higher definition graphics than what is currently standard.

 

I'm half impressed anyway, appreciate GameSpot for the article.

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

The graphics look great, but the time required to develop this game is going to increase by a lot. If it bigger than Skyrim, then we won't see it anytime soon, unless 100 or more developers are assigned to the project.

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

Shows off a tech demo.... that doesn't look that particulary special...

farcorners
farcorners

"here is a demo" becomes a fight in the comments.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

While pretty graphics are nice to look at, even the CryEngine 1 from Crysis 1 could render scenes in that quality, so that's no big deal. (and yes, CryEngine 2 and 3 may look even prettier, but that's a certainty)

 

What good are the best graphics if the game itself sucks ?

There's lots of other topics to cover like bad animation quality, non innovative player control, bad voice acting, stupid AI, bad gameplay mechanics, bad sound design and a lot more than just looks.

 

Show gameplay videos, demonstrate gameplay mechanics and explain what the game is about, what the players level of freedom is, if you support modding and things like that.

 

Also "next-gen" Consoles being capable to render scenes in more detail ?

Wow, that had to be said for sure, I think nobody expected newer hardware to perform better than 7 year old hardware.

I worry more about the new restrictions these "next-gen" Consoles bring with them like "social integrated features" being used as an excuse for "you have to be online to play" DRM and all that nonsense.

squall_83
squall_83

Go look up the Nvidia tech demo, "A New Dawn". Then come back and tell me this looks good. Also, said tech demo is downloadable. If you've got a beefy computer try it out. It's amazing.

alrepairs
alrepairs

Yep...just what I said about "Next Gen"..

 

Doesn't look any better than my PC at "MEDIUM Settings", not even max  -_-.

 

Yet the hardware to run this is expensive nonetheless.  Expensive hardware without the visuals to compliment the price.

hystavito
hystavito

Not trying to start a fight :), but I always have to wonder, if PC had been the main gaming platform for all these years, how crazy would game graphics be today.  There are some PC exclusives, but I bet they'd be even better than they are.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Looks very good. Bring on the next wave of consoles already!

deth420
deth420

wow best trees i have ever seen...in a game!

 

beautiful environment, wonder how the frames will hold once there are hundreds of npc's running around.

 

i didn't notice any sort of tessellation, and weather is always nice to see as well!

ChunkyDrawers
ChunkyDrawers

Good always looking forward to more "Elder Scrolls"

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

Wow looks amazing. would be surprised if it stays at 30FPS.

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Incredible just incredible, hope this game turns out well. Have to admit though watching this video i couldn't help but think how it would be ideal for the next elder scrolls game lol

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Put it on PC, make it look good, and I will be happy.

onixevil
onixevil

I love to see all these trees on Dark Cloud 3 hopefully .

LOVERPS3
LOVERPS3

i'm waiting the NEXT-GEN....

Morokoo
Morokoo

Looks really nice, I am curious how this will turn out...

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

This reminds me a lot of the old days when the first footage from Ultima Underworld came out through (paper) game newspapers and such...

Impressive, but you cannot really tell what it will do until you see a world in action.

Plus it has that same "realistic but void of spirit" feeling in my view.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Ex Mafia dev making RPG? I hope it turns out well...

norabbitnofun
norabbitnofun

"due in 2014/15": There are 12 months in a year, so are you saying...

Just kidding. ;)

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I knew more or less what to expect, but I won't lie, it's always impressive to see it there in front of you, especially given the spec of the machine he was running on and *especially* given the number of applications he was running in the background.

 

Looks like PC gamers might finally be in for what they should have had a long time ago.

Let's just hope it's not ruined with lazy ports, laggy inputs, console interfaces, FPS caps, 30° FOVs and no AA.

SqueakierShip87
SqueakierShip87

Didn't know what they were saying but when he got to the toilet....I underatood why they were laughing.

raghardy
raghardy

This really looks great. But it sounds possible to have almost 80% or more of this quality in modern computers now a days. 

 

I hope to see more of this...

carolino
carolino

Its so inviting!

 

When visuals are not only a tech demo and invoque life , nostalgia and even art my eyes feed my soul with joy.

 

But the book is not its cover so let the designers disign but for holy´s sake let the writers write "next gen " writing to!

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @adamomars "Your lack of faith in a game you know very little about is disturbing" Barf Vader

adamomars
adamomars

 @warhawk-geeby

 ya well i've notice that most pc gamers are onboxious nerds anyways. the reason i play console is because of the fact that i dont have to send thousands of dollars every year updating my fucking graphics card so that 1) i can actaully play games and 2) so that i can boast on gaming websites about technology that i didnt even make.

 

thus xbox is great for someone who likes playing the almost all exact same video games as pc, but who spends less money on the hobby, and  doesnt care about hardware as longs as its good.

 

but dont get me ALL wrong. for those people who genuinely enjoy building pc's and gaming. for those whose hobby is computers, perhaps your a technician or an engineer, perhap youve been tinkering with computers for 30 years and you just love gaming too, then please, my comments do not apply.

 

amazon09
amazon09

 @squall_83 

that demo " a new dawn" looks like last gen ps2 graphic, nothing special, your eyes got problem.

95164
95164

Meh? So what are exactly your standards Mr. Fancy Pants?

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

 @alrepairs Just go back to whatever hole you came from dude :\ And how is it expensive when a brand new console costs less than a high end GPU card ?

emperiox
emperiox

 @hystavito Agreed, console babies are the bane of gaming. They are keeping gaming from evolving.

 

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

 @Suikogaiden It has very different tech than Skyrim. In short this engine can look far better than skyrim's engine. When skyrim is overly maxed out, this engine can go far beyond and support a much larger number of polygons onscreen. If you want to see more of what this engine can do, look up Star Citizen on youtube. 

Lipniceredeemer
Lipniceredeemer

Carolino, your wish might be fulfilled. This will be story based on reality as much as possible (they are consulting some really good czech historians). And believe me. Hussites ? Lot of fun!

edinko
edinko

Well some people speak also other languages tan English. I understand Czech perfectly for example

Aragorn823
Aragorn823

 @Lipniceredeemer 

Well I'm surprised you have some enhanced hearing ability to hear that but you're right ~ I wouldn't understand.. but who cares :P

alrepairs
alrepairs

 @Gamer_4_Fun  @alrepairs What?

 

You misunderstood me on so many levels.

 

"Expensive hardware without the visuals to compliment the price."

 

By saying that I meant GPU's are becoming more expensive, But without the huge leap difference in visuals as it used to have in the mid 2000's.

 

This video is your prime example of what "Next Gen" is, but looks mediocre. 

 

If you were to record a PS2 to PS3 game even while using a crappy camera, the visual difference would still be black and white.

 

This video shows nothing but gray.