Killzone: Shadow Fall goes gold, as dev talks of improved texture quality and framerate

Killzone: Shadow Fall has "come a long way" since its February unveiling, says developer.

Killzone: Shadow Fall has gone gold, according to staff at developer Guerrilla Games.

The PlayStation 4 launch title will be an important piece in Sony's next-gen battle with Microsoft's Xbox One following the delay of high-profile titles Driveclub and the multiplatform Watch Dogs into 2014.

In a recent interview with GameTrailers, head of technology Michiel van der Leeuw also said Killzone: Shadow Fall's texture quality has increased by approximately four times since the game was first unveiled alongside the PlayStation 4 in February.

“Since the PlayStation Meeting, the lighting has improved, the frame rate has improved, there have been a lot of changes to character animation and streaming, and texture quality is now about four times higher than it was back then, so it’s come a long way," said Leeuw.

A public multiplayer trial for Killzone: Shadow Fall will also be running on December 28 and 29, allowing those who unwrap a PlayStation 4 on Christmas to experience the mode.

The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in North America for $399, and on November 29 in Europe for £349.

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C4N4D14N_DR34M
C4N4D14N_DR34M

This is the first game I'm playing. GS was crazy to give it a 7/10 because of the storyline!? Yet when they review COD they focus on the multiplayer... everyone will be on Killzone MP, see you out there! 

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

Just got the text from gamestop!!! Game and controller are in!! XD

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

How in hell does that in any way mean "Gold"? I assume they are referring to gold as in sales.. Gold in the USA would mean 500,000 sales.. it isn't out yet and I just do not believe for an instant that they would have pre order numbers gleaned from their own market research contracts.. I worked in advertisement many years ago and know that that is not possible to have that information prior to release.

DoUbLeZzMk2
DoUbLeZzMk2

I Just watched a review of this on playstation magazine UK on Youtube, and they pretty much break down why this game is awesome, and sets it apart from previous killzone games and what sets it apart from other shooters!!! I'm going to be glued to this for a good while till the other games come out next year, theres no full on reason for ppl to be like, its just another killzone! U really do have to use tatics with this its gonna be sweet!!!  Screw the overated cod!!! XD

lionheart1981oz
lionheart1981oz

Dayum  - this game looks amazing, day one purchase for sure with the ps4.

snaketus
snaketus

I just wished it was 60 fps all the way, but if it really is playable with lower, I read somewhere they aimed it for 35-45 fps on single player, I'm fine with that. And I think slow approach to things doesn't make frame rates an issue. But still 60 would have been ideal. But still absolutely going to give this one a go since all the other PS4 launch games got delayed.

mr_nee
mr_nee

"The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in North America for $399, and on November 29 in Europe for £349."... welsh... they think all europe uses queen elizabeth money

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i cant wait to play this game and for the added Co-Op horde mode multiplayer to be added. Gonna be amazing. 

iampenguin
iampenguin

What am I supposed to do with 'four times' and vagueness like that give me figures.

blackace
blackace

Let's hope it plays as good as it looks. I did see one upgrade of the graphics when they actually removed some of that terrible blurry fog and optimized the game. It definitely looked better. Now we have to wait and see how the game actually plays.

the13stuff
the13stuff

Being honest, I'm way more excited about Killzone: Shadow Fall than Halo or Titanfall.  I enjoyed the MP in 3 a lot more than I thought I would.

imrangr1
imrangr1

Well KillZone:SF needs to bring their A game during launch because there are no other good exclusive in PS4 during launch. While visuals look very good so far I don't think it can beat BF4 in terms of graphics. If this game doesn't hold up there are no point getting the PS4 during the holidays just wait for the new Infamous to come out. BY then PS4 will have a better library.

DirkXXVI
DirkXXVI

Even with the improved visuals it still doesn't guarantee the story will be any good.  I mean KZ2's dialogue was absolutely cringe inducing from start to finish and from what I've heard Killzone 3 wasn't much better.  Then of course during the trailer for Shadow Fall right after the explosion you have some idiot asking for a smoke which most likely suggest more of the same.   This seems more like a Crysis type game in that the only reason to play is for the eye candy.  Anything else is asking to much.  

Still I wonder what the improved frame rate is.  I'm guessing it's not 60fps because if it was they likely would have been quick to point it out.  I just hope it's not them pushing it up to a 'solid 30 fps' like Dead Rising 3. 

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

These amazing visuals give the campaign so much more fidelity and deeper gaming experience. Killzone 2 and 3 were epic and this is in a whole different level compared to those. 

themc_7
themc_7

how bad were the textures? If they've gotten 4 times better, they must have started pretty shitty. A standard game texture is around 1024x1024, so if they've gotten 4 times better....this is running 4K textures? I don't think so.

This game looks good, but not 4k textures good.

BladeManEXE
BladeManEXE

Okay, I'm a bit confused. What does gold MEAN in the context of games? I know it means a certain number (not always the same) of sales in the music industry, but this isn't the music industry, and I don't think in 20 years I've heard someone use that definition in the context of games. So what does this mean here?

tduhon07
tduhon07

If it's anything like 2 and 3, the gameplay is excellent, it's the selling point of the series (along with the visuals). The story has it's moments, but I'd hate to judge that before actually playing it.

scrooge_drake
scrooge_drake

This game has good graphics but i dont care about graphics that much. Its gameplay and story should also be good.

hystavito
hystavito

With nothing else to play for PS4 at launch,I preordered this and I am going to try to force myself to like it, but I know I won't :).  Some people said it's a more slower type of shooter where thought and tactics are more important, but I really have a hard time believing that :).

I admit it's my fault, I just don't like modern shooters of the past several years, they are almost entirely about speed and reflexes, and not only does that not appeal to me, but it also means I get slaughtered because I'm just too slow to keep up with today's shooter fans :).

nedrith
nedrith

@RockZillaX A game going gold is basically the same thing as saying they completed the game and they've sent the copies to the factories to be reproduced.  A similar term is RTM or Released to Manufacturing.  It has nothing to do with sales.  In fact video games rarely if anything use any kind of special terms to denote sales.  Though talking about sales current pre-order sales in just the US is rumored to be at 250K according to VGcharts.  So it isn't entirely impossible that they hit 500k already.

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

@ps3gamer1234 Man I highly doubt it.. Killzone 2 and 3 weren't even the best of last generation IMO.. and at this early stage to call a play like that is way to premature

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@snaketus I read that they had 30 fps cap on single and was aiming for 60 for multi, but that it will sometimes drop below 60 in multi as well. . . Don't know if it's true, getting it anyway. . . 

snaketus
snaketus

@mr_nee Indeed, I have to pay for it in euros and it's gonna be alot, 449 € to be exact. People in US is going to get it dirt cheap.

snaketus
snaketus

@iampenguin Compare the footage from feb to recent footage. Compressed video doesn't show lot though. But if there's four times difference, it should be noticeable enough to see on "HD" video, even in Youtube.

Zevvion
Zevvion

@the13stuff I'm not that excited about Titanfall as I don't really like online shooters. Also, I find it more difficult to be excited for something I've seen barely or nothing about yet (Halo). But yeah, Killzone does look good, but I think I'll end up liking Halo better again.

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

@imrangr1 bf4 is best on pc. on ps4 kz:sf will look best as some articles have reported console versions not that good.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@imrangr1 BF4 will probably have bigger maps and more destruction, so I think Killzone will look better graphically on PS4. Not better than BF4 on PC though, because that's obvious. Guerrilla games have always been great about squeezing the potential out of Playstations.

LittleMac
LittleMac

Crysis 1 is a masterpiece that holds up today.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@DirkXXVI You seem to be out of touch with the Killzone franchise, but I'll catch you up. KZ:SF is 30 FPS for the campaign (improved visuals being the cited reason) and 60 FPS for MP.

I play KZ for the nice meaty feel of the weapons and movement personally. The great graphics and atmosphere are just a plus.

snaketus
snaketus

@Dr_takapotku Indeed, cannot wait to play this. Yeah I'm one of those who actually want just to play campaign and enjoy visuals of PS4 with true next-gen game.

surppo
surppo

@BladeManEXE They call it gold because they make a gold disc that stamps out the retail copy in a factory.  So the code that goes on the gold disc is the final step before release.

ewjiml
ewjiml

@hystavito  

I am debating whether to get this.  Typical factions types with one representing the Nazis, another one fighting for liberty...yadayadayada.  Seems like its more flash, than substance. 

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

@nedrith @RockZillaX As far as I recall, it's from the CD-ROM days where the devs pressed the final version of the software onto a blank CD (that was the color gold).  Which is then delivered to manufacturing.

C4N4D14N_DR34M
C4N4D14N_DR34M

@RockZillaX @ps3gamer1234 Killzone 2 & 3 weren't the best of last gen by ANYONE's opinion, and i think he means this is the best game at launch, which it is by far.

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

@s2i2p2i2o @snaketus wow what a major let down I thought the whole point of this next generation of gaming was to ensure 1080p @ 60fps minimum for ALL titles.. now not only this but Microsoft's X1 has COD running at a vastly inferior 720p as it just can't run the same settings as PS4 1080p @ 60fps.. I am starting to really think I may just cancel both pre orders of X1 and PS4 till a later point and stick with my current gen and PC

LittleMac
LittleMac

Yes it is. It's a launch title

snaketus
snaketus

@LittleMac Yeah, one reason. It was PC only developed game from the start.

snaketus
snaketus

@M3o5nster @DirkXXVI I read on onelocal gaming magazine's website they pushed frame rates up to 35-45 for single player, could be true or not. But it's professional magazine and they actually got developer interview and multi hour game play session with them.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@snaketus YEAAAH. Except it won't require eye sight will it?

The only thing we have seen of Killzone so far are the videos that the developer has decided to show us which so far is pretty much that one scene we saw at E3 where you are flying over that city.

Now unless you can remember absolutely every single detail of that we aren't going to be able to compare them are we? Unless someone saved an original copy of the uncompressed video (which is probably just the developers) and we can compare directly it doesn't matter. 

But the fact that the new version will be fully rendered on any given persons computer and the video will probably by this point have been compressed times over by youtube and sites like gamespot because they can't fit full 1080+ resolution videos onto their servers means that we still won't have a direct comparison.

So unless you spend WAY too much time scrutinising games videos or your have a perfect photographic memory it isn't going to mean much to anyone is it?

So eye sight not so much. And thank god I don't have a photographic memory, most people who have a photographic memory tend to be mentally ill in some other way.

hystavito
hystavito

@Spetznas1982 @hystavito I usually explain it whenever I post about the new consoles, but not every time :).  I used a bunch of Sony points to get it, and for the Xbox One I used trade promos.  I kinda got caught up in the excitement and with the discounts I was like what the heck I'll get it.

I'm not big on consoles but eventually I would end up getting them.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@Spetznas1982 @hystavito Well, if you know you're gonna get it later, why wait? Unless you don'tr think you will enjoy any of the games released between console launch and first price drop, that is. 

Danielkennedy00
Danielkennedy00

@BladeManEXE @Danielkennedy00 glad to help, going gld can also mean the game is ready to be installed in disks. And it means any further changes to the game have to be introduced at launch day via day one patches.