GC '07: Overlord Multiplayer DLC First Look

We check out some of the downloadable multiplayer content that Codemasters is planning to release for Overlord via the Xbox Live Marketplace.

LEIPZIG, Germany--Last week, Codemasters announced that it is planning to release a free update for the Xbox 360 version of Overlord. The update, which is currently scheduled for release "soon," will add split-screen functionality to the game's multiplayer modes, which at the time of writing can only be played online. We paid a visit to Codemasters' UK headquarters en route to Leipzig last week and, while meeting with members of the Overlord team, we were afforded our first look at the split-screen mode in action on a handful of previously unseen maps. We're told that the maps will be released as premium content on the Xbox Live Marketplace later this year, although it's possible that one or two of the eight currently being play-tested might be included in the free split-screen update.

Overlord's split-screen mode will be supported in the pillage, slaughter, and survival modes of play, and two or three new maps for each mode are in the works right now. For those of you who aren't familiar with Overlord's multiplayer modes, pillage tasks you with profiting more from the ransacking of a village than your opponent, slaughter is an Overlord-flavored deathmatch, and survival is a co-op game in which you and a friend are pitted against a never-ending stream of monsters until you inevitably die.

Based on what we saw of the new maps, Triumph Studios is having some fun experimenting with the designs. One of the new survival maps, for example, will see you and your partner being chased around a path by a huge rock giant--larger than any that you've encountered in the game to date. The rock giant is invincible, so your only option is to keep running away from it while avoiding or killing any smaller enemies that hamper your progress. The twist is that any enemies you choose to sidestep will still be there on your next lap of the level...in addition to any new ones that show up. Every lap will inevitably end up being tougher than the one before it, and your goal, of course, will be to survive for as long as possible.

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Another of the more memorable new maps that we got to see being played for a short while was titled Grab the Maidens. As its name suggests, this pillage map challenges you to capture as many maidens as possible and return them to your base. You'll need to protect any maidens that you capture in case your opponent attempts to steal them, and there will be a number of map-specific features that you can use to your advantage once you know your way around. During our demo, one of the players opened a gate to release zombies from a graveyard, for example, and the shuffling undead headed straight for his opponent's base.

Given that Overlord is the first Xbox 360 game for which Codemasters has attempted to release downloadable content, the company is planning to experiment with it somewhat. The first download to be released will be the aforementioned split-screen update, which may or may not be bundled with a new map or two. Additional new multiplayer maps will be made available subsequently, and we're pleased to report that Codemasters' Overlord plans don't end there. Single-player downloadable content was talked about briefly during our meeting, with ideas currently under consideration including a superhard "challenge" mode, new story elements, new playable characters, and new bosses.

No release dates have been announced for any of the aforementioned Overlord updates at this time. We look forward to bringing you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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GamerPigBin
GamerPigBin

The single player content is raising hell and was released in november 2007 and seven for the pc and in america for the 360, but not in the uk, theres a high chance its not for the uk

Dryker
Dryker

Awesome! Couldn't resist buying every theme and gamer pic so far and don't expect the new stuff to be any different. Can't pin-point it, but something about this game fascinates the spit out of me. I hope they add new equipment for the minions. Everybody loves dress-up. They also need to add the ability to customize what minions you're currently controling, beyond just one type of minion, i.e., greens and browns, blues and reds, browns, reds, and blues, etc.. New responses for the minions would also add alot of depth to the game and expand the players awareness of what's going on. Phrases such as: "Live! Live!" shouted by the Blues as they raise fallen minions, shouts of encouragement when the Overlord actually attacks something, "Dead, they're all dead!" when a group around a guard-post is floundering and needs reinforcement. Stuff like that. I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to implement and would make the game much more interesting than it already is.

Shadow_Hokage
Shadow_Hokage

New story and playable characters? NO!!!/YAY!!! It left off incredibly, unless it will have you continue as overlord, or play as different chars BEFORE overlords story starts, like the heroes, or old overlord? but yay and hoping for new TYPES here...

madmoose7
madmoose7

Overlord really let me down its not as good as it was put off to be. Reason 1.not enough to do Reason 2.to easy Reason 3.minions are stupid in nearly all fields ,avoiding water ,fire,and poison.Fighting anything big or small,and bringing back that final health increase in the desert.......idiots won't go over the bridge.

king_bobo
king_bobo

Sweet... I agree with Atronflame. Sometimes people just want to take it back to basics and play a game with a friend, and not many games do this. I wasn't going to get Overlord, but maybe I will, now that they've made this expansion...

Atronflame
Atronflame

Not enough games are split screen in my opinion, and too many games rely on the concept of you having a Gold Live account. Not everyone pays for their live accounts, and this prevents them from enjoying ANY multiplayer over Live, and considering that most games are Live only and not split screen, this means you miss out on the multiplayer aspect of games if you don't want to pay for it.

thetealcaptain
thetealcaptain

To me the split screen does not defeat the whole purpose of ONLINE!!! I unlike you must have something called friends who come over to my house..... Well okay not really but my son and I love to play games together (30 vs 9). Without split screen it gets very boring sitting there in someone elses house watching them play a game. This gives people an opportunity to play games while sitting in the same room. Granted it does have it's draw backs, smaller view plane, but at least the split is horizontal instead of vertical. Horizontal splits lets you see more in my opinion (this doesn't hold true all the time of course).

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

It defeats the whole purpose of it being available ONLINE!!

Cabose420
Cabose420

w00t, been hoping for something like this, wasnt thinking of splitscreen exactly, but now me and my bro can finally go head to head.

Stabby
Stabby

Overlord was one of the best sleeper hits in a long time.

The_Mad_Nutter
The_Mad_Nutter

Seems weird to work on as few play Overlord online and modes as slaughter are near impossible to turn the tide in if your opponent has gotten the upper hand and starts spawn camping. They really shouldn't have included multiplayer in the first place come to think of it.

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

Single player coop please? >: { Who cares about the buggy and limited MP? ;(

Betaslayer
Betaslayer

so cool!!! can't wait to put overlord in my 360 when it gets back from repairs

jaredwilder
jaredwilder

awsome games deserve awsome updates! good work code monkeys!

Juggernaut140
Juggernaut140

awesome, maybe they can release some new weapons and minion types as well.