Sorcery casts a spell on PS3 this spring

Sony's PlayStation Move action game resurfaces with new look, design changes to appeal to "hardcore" audience.

Sorcery was one of the first games Sony used to show off the PlayStation Move at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, but the game has kept a low profile ever since. It has finally resurfaced with a new look and release window, as Sony's PlayStation Blog has provided an update for Sorcery, pegging the game as a spring 2012 release.

Get ensorcelled next spring!

Sorcery design director Brian Upton told the blog the game was redesigned to cater to "hardcore" gamers. To that end, the developers made the game's protagonist older than he was in the E3 build. Not all of the changes to the game were limited to its cosmetic aspects.

"What we showed at E3 was largely organized around a dungeon crawl, and we realized we didn't want that," Upton said. "We wanted a full-blown fantasy world, not a series of tunnels. A lot of our retooling involved moving the action gameplay into a more free-flowing space."

For more on that original approach, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Sorcery.

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meedokicky
meedokicky

i might buy a PS move if this game proves worthy. better yet, make a collector's edition that includes a PS move ;)

alberto2045
alberto2045

if they r gonna make it a GREAT game, they should take their time with it... it look interesting enough so we'll c

rasputin177
rasputin177

I don't play video games to try and be "masculine" or "cool" in the eyes of society.

rasputin177
rasputin177

oh give me a break. Go play COD if your too "cool" to wave a glowstick around. What is so much more "masculine" about mashing on a button. I don't even have Move so I am not some fan boy the logic just mistifies me.

EPaul
EPaul

Looks interesting as i got the Move starter pack on sale might pick this game up

X-The-Doctor-X
X-The-Doctor-X

Looked cool then, it can only get better. Just as long as it plays better then other wizard type playstation games "cough" Harry Potter "cough"

banana23man
banana23man

@TTDog at the moment, yes but if they can do it right, it'd be awesome. I would love to hold a realistic looking gun (and not one with a damn glowing pink ball for a barrel) and play killzone. Throw in real recoil and im never putting the thing down. Oh, not to forget 3D of course.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

I think I wouldn't feel "right" (had to correct before I got moderated) waiving a glowing pink and blue ball attached to a stick pretending to be a sorcerer in my living room. I think it will fail. The PS move was a terrible and terribly ugly device.

rasputin177
rasputin177

The one game that will make me try motion controls. I think this could be alot of fun.It seems like they are not just falling back on the motion controls and making a quality game from all aspects. Pretty pretty excited.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Could be a cool fad I suppose. lol Wii proved that *tongue in cheek. If it has depth and beauty I'll give it a whirl :)

TTDog
TTDog

"Motion controls" and "hardcore gaming" don't mix.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Gelugon_baat Arrggghhhhh what is your problem??!!?!!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Hell yes!!! I saw the video for this back when it must have been a 'casual' game, and to be fair even then it looked about the only motion-controlled game truly worth playing. Well done Brian for bringing it to the hardcore fans. Exactly what the motion gaming gurus should try to be doing. Dance Nation and Fitness Instructor meant nothing to me, but this however.. Definitely buying. Wonderful :D

Halloll
Halloll

I used to be exited for motion games, but then I took a wii+ to the knee (it really hurt).

jazilla
jazilla

can i point the "ice cream cone" down and move the wand in a circular motion and pretend to mix potions? If so, I'm in!

SSJSasuke10
SSJSasuke10

Finally, the game I've been waiting for to get MOVEing.

boiardee14
boiardee14

oops dont mind my comment below lol, i commented befor i read the article

boiardee14
boiardee14

lmao about time! wasnt this the first game to be advertised to get the ps move ready lolololol

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Well, finally. I'm amazed at how different it's going to be. I'm looking forward to it just as much as it is as it was. Hopefully it's great.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Glad this game actually has variety in the combat. Hate combat where there is a specific way to win.

Plava12
Plava12

People who complain about the Move did'nt try Infamous 2, Sport Champions, and the side scrollers like Time Crysis. The Move is not the technology of tomorrow but it's dam fun is you can play the type of games you like with it. I just hope the controls will not feel stiff (turning for instance) like in Killzone 3 or Resistance 3.

Halloll
Halloll

hope they put spell mixing similar to magicka

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@dRuGGeRnaUt and also to its other detractors, it's not as if this is the only game that perfectly utilizes the Move controller in an awesome way. Killzone 3 is one of a load of great games that use the Move controller. I don't get all the hate for this thing.

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

@oflow Indeed. Just see how 'THE hardcore game for Kinect!' ended up - retarded gameplay, toilet humor content, adverts clearly labeling it as a game for couch potatoes. If 'hardcore' for the Sorcery team means 'Gunstringer', I want the original concept back. Here's hoping they just meant 'dedicated gamer who wants more variety and challenge'.

servb0ts
servb0ts

It'll take more than Magic to save the PS3 Move :P

zepfan_75
zepfan_75

AWESOME!, I thought that the idea behind this game was great, and since the idea struck me as more mature than the game presented itself it only makes since that this occurred.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Excellent. Was interested in this game long ago. Will watch it closely. P.s. it doesn't NEED to be hardcore. I have Demon's/Dark Souls for that.

siamo
siamo

It sounds like, at least for the dev team, the actual game is coming first, not the technology it utilizes. Hopefully that's true.

oflow
oflow

ya I pretty much bought a move when gamespot had them for 50% off just for this game. TThe ol' redesigned for 'hardcore' makes me skeptical now. Hardcore is kinda synonmous with douchebag.

dylan417
dylan417

This was actually my favorite showing at E3 2010, hope they didn't change too much. Dungeons are cool.

soulless4now
soulless4now

This is the only game so far that would make me consider getting the Move.

franzito
franzito

I consider myself a hardcore gamer, so, I'll dig it!

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Really glad Sony is giving the release date for this game and knowing this game is not dead

collinmul
collinmul

Good for Sony. New IP's are important for gamers and gamemakers alike. And giving them time to develop and find their identity gives them more chance to succeed.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

oh wow, i thought this game got canned. could be gd...

jer_1
jer_1

Too bad I sold my Moves (worthless tech), and used it to purchase actual games. This looks pretty decent now surprisingly, and it's about damn time they realized what a waste it is to target children instead of hardcore gamers.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I was wondering only a scant few days ago about this. Amid the blitz of Kinect game ads on TV, I was wondering what happened to the Move and wondered if it was going the way of the Sixaxis. Glad this game is alive. Of course, now I have to go check out some gameplay footage to see if it's something I can really get behind. An aesthetic change doesn't shift the game's target audience from "casual" to "hardcore", but the comment about taking the game from a series of dungeons to a full-featured fantasy world might be what they were referring to.

pashmina626
pashmina626

I remember seeing this at E3 back in 2010 as it really got me interested in buying the Move so now I cannot wait to see this game finally come out.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Awesome! I was really hoping this would eventually surface again. I'm glad to hear about the shift in design as well. Should be fun, I'll definitely keep an eye on it.

HerpDaddy
HerpDaddy

Based on the screenshot, it looks compelling and possibly worth buying it at release. Most of the time, I let big games like this release try to impress for a couple of months before I buy it which gives them time to fix bugs and inherent things wrong with the game.

CarefulSheKills
CarefulSheKills

About time this game came back to life! I like the improvements, doesn't look as cartoony/childish..Might actually buy a Move now..

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

First off, let me say that I'm actually rather intrigued by the game; it's a real opportunity for them to create some interesting gameplay, and I sincerely hope it does well. But. I also think dRuGGeRnaUt has a very solid point: the idea that an essentially aesthetic redesign is what makes something "hardcore" versus "casual" is a sign of how shallow many gamers' views are. It's certainly not a matter of dungeon crawls being inherently casual, because Diablo says hi, right? So it comes down to looks, and that's a shame. gregdn22: I more or less agree, but don't forget that Kinect can work *with* a regular controller. It doesn't have to be either-or. You could use a controller to play, say, Battlefield 5, and still give your squad orders with hand gestures or voice commands.

gregdn22
gregdn22

I think the game looks good. I'm not too big into the PS Move but I will definitely give this game a try. @dRuGGeRnaUt The difference between move and kinect is that it would be difficult/awkward to make a game where you actually control the character with kinect. With PS Move you can easily maneuver a character in a game because a controller is merged with motion controls. With kinect it would only really work seamlessly with a game where the character is on rails. Anyways, I'm not a big fan of move or kinect, more kind of like party gimmicks, but I will say that sony has done a lot better job of producing games for the Move than MS has for the kinect. I think all (most at least, just can't think of any that don't) of Sony's exclusives have move support. MS's exclusives don't have kinect support and with good reason, character movement would be a problem.