Stuntman: Ignition Designer Diary #1 - Aftershock

Members of Paradigm Entertainment talk about the first of Stuntman: Ignition's movies.

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Stuntman: Ignition is a mission-based driving game that will task you with performing spectacular stunts for a number of different make-believe movies. We got to play through sequences from two of the game's six movies at the THQ Gamers' Day last month, and the first of them is the focus of today's designer diary.

Aftershock


By Paradigm Dev Team

Aftershock is a big-budget Hollywood disaster epic set in the Pacific Northwest. It focuses on an isolated small town perched high in the mountains, near the cone of a long-dormant volcano. Ominous rumblings quickly give way to outright disaster as the volcano erupts, dealing massive damage to the nearby town. Streams of lava flow through the streets, massive flaming boulders crash down from the sky, fissures open in the ground, and the town is torn apart. The movie doesn't focus on a single character, instead telling the story of a group of townsfolk who struggle to survive amid the chaos.

Aftershock is our shot at grabbing the player's attention from the beginning of the game, hitting you with something visually compelling and dramatic from the very start. Often in game development there is a tendency to save the good stuff for last--sometimes this is part of the plan, other times it occurs naturally as the team gets a better understanding of what, exactly, makes the game fun. In this case, we were determined to present the player with one of our more compelling environments right away, as well as demonstrate what makes Stuntman: Ignition different from the typical "driving game." Aftershock, with its extremely active environment and over-the-top stunts, was ideally suited to this purpose. Instead of driving around a relatively static track, Stuntman: Ignition provides the player with the unique opportunity to navigate through the ruins of the doomed town as the destruction is taking place. Players will dodge falling lava boulders, leap enormous chasms, and smash through burning buildings.

Flaming boulders and lava flows won't be the only hazards to look out for.

Aftershock's active environment also proved one of the tougher challenges for the project as a whole. The numerous particle effects, breakables, and complex environmental animations were a challenge to both construct and to fit into even the Xbox 360's considerable memory. We began with a "blue-box" phase that roughed out the basic gameplay of the levels with rudimentary geometry and a simplistic version of the environmental animations created by "lerping" objects from one position to another. This let us establish the timing of the animations and test out the gameplay before we expended the resources to build the animations. The levels actually changed significantly during this phase, as certain stunts proved more compelling than others. Once we were satisfied with the pacing and layout, the art team built over the "blue-box," creating the finished art, animation, and effects necessary to bring the doomed town to life.

Overall, we feel that Aftershock does an excellent job providing the player with an initial exposure to the spectacular environments and over-the-top stunts found in Stuntman: Ignition.

Discussion

47 comments
cj_hope33
cj_hope33

This game better have a damn stunt mode like the first!!!

DigidogHeadlock
DigidogHeadlock

I personally can't wait for this. I was one of the very few people i knew that enjoyed the first game a lot!!! I just hope that through some freak circumstances they get the dame car/scenery damage details as flatout 2 in there somewhere :P

Satsin
Satsin

these screenshots are for ps2 or xbox360, GOW2 looks fabulous on ps2!

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

It's sound interesting... it's worthing trying out when it's realased.

rety5
rety5

if the ps2 version remotely looks like that im going to be happy.

YoUnG1991
YoUnG1991

looks good nice graphics but the old stuntman was pretty borin

hye_03
hye_03

looks really good, I hope the game wont be too short tho

tryagainlater
tryagainlater

Ignition looks awesome. I can't wait for this game.

chadstew
chadstew

lol dude.... JamesSoprano is right, PS3 and 360 games are 60 bucks when they are first released.... In the US or Canada.... just because you buy games that came out a year ago for 360 and they cost 40 bucks now doesn't mean the release price will be different.

JamesSoprano
JamesSoprano

In Reply too Zkeptik mainly all games that hit shelves are over $60 here in Canada PS3 OR 360 it doesn't matter ... and as for the game .. it was a O.K game but after completing the first one just made me not wanna touch another copy ( if another was to be released * which is now * ) it's too frusterating and annoying !!! .. so i doubt i will buy this game

denaz
denaz

Didn't really like the first one, and doubt i will like this one either:P Still might be worth a look...

Zkeptik
Zkeptik

I'm betting this will be a $39.99 or less release. Don't worry about paying $60. It's not a PS3 title.

blazethehedghog
blazethehedghog

Haven't played stuntman yet but it looks hard and fun! Doesn't look like something I'd pay 60 bucks for... I'd rent it though. It might crash and burn with unpredictable phyisics like sonic the hedgehog, which still owned.

solideagle13
solideagle13

stuntman was one of the only games that was challenging enough to make me want to quit but fun enough to make me keep playing.

g8summit
g8summit

oh yeah, i remember toothless, that was an interesting level, i liked the part in toothless where you went under the crane while chasing the other car and then pressed a button to flip your car

g8summit
g8summit

i loved the original stuntman, it was such a challenging, and original game. I'm excited to see what this one will be like

Fee117
Fee117

looks alright. i never really liked the original but maybe i'll try this one

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I don't remember stuntman being a good game

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

Stuntman is game that you produced a "movie" with car scenes?!OK?!

Gbeck1994
Gbeck1994

who remembers Toothless in Whoping Scene one

dazmoffo
dazmoffo

looks like a good game, first stuntman was unforgiving on the later levels and a little frustrating at times but this could be a big improvement

NND1
NND1

Super sick on 360... Cant wait!!

DesmondPills
DesmondPills

jordanbijl uggg.... sounds like someone ran out of ideas more like, "sounds like someone made a sequel to the first stuntman". idk what your comment is supposed to mean actually. im just confused. thats like saying uggg... sounds like someone ran out of ideas when t hey made 3 more metal gears. its just a new chapter for the franchise.

Riantomeister
Riantomeister

Looks really cool to me ^^ I always liked the stuntman serie's and this one looks great ^^

RASECUL
RASECUL

Should be a decent rental.

Tskull
Tskull

It looks like this new game in the ps3 will be more destructive than the previous games and surely will be over the top. But overall, It looks like a thrilling game to me of course.

aresdude
aresdude

hopefully this won't be as bad as Just Cause

brannigancarter
brannigancarter

as long as there is a movie editor like on driver...i might consider buying it

Spartan8907
Spartan8907

What I'm most excited about is the stunt editor and competing online. That is the main selling point for me.

thekey
thekey

I'll check out the 360 version.

jordan1
jordan1

uggg.... sounds like someone ran out of ideas

SpazzyB
SpazzyB

The first Stuntman was awesome just because of the sandbox mode. But since this is being made by a different company, I think it isn't going to have the awesome crash effects and sandbox mode I've come to love in the 1st Stuntman. Ill have to see once this comes out.

Viper_GTS-R
Viper_GTS-R

Stuntman 1 was one of my favorite games ever its graphics and damage were awesome for their time cant wait for this one.

-Reggaeton-
-Reggaeton-

I played the demo for stuntman 1 and my opinion was that it sucked hard. I have huge doubts about this one

zamardii12
zamardii12

I don't know how anyone can say the first Stuntman game was great. Whatever... this will be a rental for me, at the most.

jayo17ie
jayo17ie

Cool , I can wait for this game , the first stuntman was a really good game.

ChucklesMginty
ChucklesMginty

Neat. I hope the PS2 version is alright as well.

zsc4
zsc4

This is looking good, I'll look out for this.

zsc4
zsc4

This is looking good, I'll look out for this.

StanleyL
StanleyL

"dealing massive damage to the nearby town" - This meme will never die.

wolfboy20
wolfboy20

I cant wait for this gae to come out!!!!!!!! Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!