QuakeCon 2007: World in Conflict Updated Impressions - The Director

Massive shows off yet another cool new feature to its upcoming real-time strategy game about World War III.

DALLAS, Texas--Just when we thought we'd seen everything that World in Conflict, the upcoming stategy game about World War III, had to offer, developer Massive Entertainment manages to surprise us yet again. This time, at QuakeCon 2007, the company is showing off the new director feature in the game.

If you think it's a bit surprising to find a real-time strategy game at a first-person shooter festival such as QuakeCon, keep in mind that World in Conflict's multiplayer game features team-based gameplay that's not unlike the kind found in shooters such as Battlefield 2. There can be eight players on each team, controlling a small group of units and working in concert to destroy the other team. The action is furious, cinematic, and nonstop, as the game is designed so that there's almost little down time where you're not doing anything.

While we've seen and played the multiplayer game on plenty of occasions, Massive showed off a cool feature that you could use to watch and rewatch the action from many different angles. The game will ship with a director system that's not unlike the ones used in many television control rooms for news programs or live events. Let's say you want to watch a saved replay of a game to find out what went wrong or right. The director replays the game, but divides the screen into many smaller windows, each with a camera focused on a key area of the map. You can select any camera and get a full-screen feed from it, or if you have a second monitor, you can throw that feed onto the second screen.

This system will have all sorts of applications. If you're running a tournament and want to broadcast the action to a larger audience, you can use the director to switch between the action. There are full telestrator tools that let you then "write" on the screen to highlight important moments. If you want to learn how you lost a battle, you can use the director to replay the battle and watch from all the different angles. Or if you want to show off, you can use the director to create cinematic war movies. The director looks like a cool and useful feature, and it'll ship when along with the rest of the game this September.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Did you enjoy this article?

Sign In to Upvote

12 comments
musti_44
musti_44

Nicely done! Nicely done Massive! cool!

RangerG
RangerG

That doesn't particularly interest me but I would like to know when it comes out on the 360!

azone12
azone12

sounds like the thing in halo 3

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

As long as there has been a fully realized Singleplayer experience implented, then I don't care what other frills they sew on. Not everyone has LAN parties or "live" on the internet, so unless you're a MMOphile, it's the Singleplayer Campaign that "hooks" the punters.

joppe2
joppe2

Sounds like a really neat feature!

General_Gustaf
General_Gustaf

Haha, sounds great for tourneys and big LAN parties.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Hot damn. Why don't more games have a feature like that? Props to those guys.

sangoanuta
sangoanuta

Nicely done! Nicely done Massive! I thought the "replay battle" stuff was really cool. Imagine that!

Pete5506
Pete5506

This game is going to rock

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

The beta was good, hope the singlepalyer is good.