Tron Evolution Pre-E3 Hands-On Interview

We dive into the world of Disney's new Tron game and smack some programs around.

Tron Evolution is the upcoming game from Disney Interactive that serves as both a tie- in with the upcoming sequel and a bridge between the 1982 film and the new 2010 sequel. The game's story aims to fill in the gaps between the two movies. Propaganda Games is taking on the heady task and was on hand today to let us try out two levels on the PlayStation 3, one that showcased the exploration and combat and another that teased the light cycle racing levels. Although it was early, the game was looking sharp.

The first level we tried was titled Brave New World. It casts you as the game's main character, Anon, which also happens to be a program created by Flynn. This program is a prototype for a new system monitor program designed to combat a virus that's infecting the world. As the level opens up, you're trying to chase down a program named Quorra through the city. The level starts out slow and introduces you to the game's flashy and Prince-of-Persia-meets-Mirror's-Edge-style parkour movement. Anon can sprint, wallrun, and jump like a pro, which is essential since Quarro doesn't want to chat. Your chase becomes considerably more complicated as you venture deeper into the city and begin encountering enemies generated by the virus, which you see growing signs of. The small yellow blotches you see early on in the level get bigger and eventually start spewing out enemies that have to be dealt with. Anon isn't a pushover, thanks to some old-school skills. Like any good program in Tron, he's a Frisbee ninja.

From what we've played so far, the fighting system is very cool, fluid, and combo-friendly and is fun to play. You'll have two main attacks, a standard short-range melee punch and a long-range attack with your Frisbee. Defeating enemies yields experience points that earn you more damaging combo attacks. In addition, you'll be able to upgrade your disc attacks by hitting the D pad and even gain access to different types that do more damage. Central to this is the game's combo system, which favors and rewards chaining attacks together for some God of War-style combo counts that can stretch into the triple digits. The upgrades on your abilities (you can level up either online or offline) will be a necessary thing because you'll start encountering much tougher foes, including some that keep summoning in enemies until they're dispatched. The level ended with Anon bursting through a window and landing on the city street, and the vista offered a tease of the rich world before fading to black.

The light cycle level, dubbed Ground Zero, drops Anon behind the wheel of a light cycle for some third-person racing. The level is a basic race to avoid the monolithic recognizers that are attacking the city. The goal is to simply survive and avoid enemy programs, recognizers, and, in the last hectic run, tanks. The controls are simple: you steer with the analog stick and speed up with the L2 trigger. You must avoid the various enemy attacks, kill off enemy light cyclists, and navigate a derezzing track. The action is hectic and very Tron-like, which is just what we were hoping for. The light cycle controls are still being tweaked and were twitchier than we would have liked. The level ended as we made it to the end of the massive highway and were greeted by a mysterious female program outfitted in all white who cryptically told us that Flynn lived.

You can level up your character as you progress through the game.

The game's visuals are well in line with what we've seen of the movie and have a cool, dark look. We need to call out the slick animation of our avatar, especially during the fight sequences, because a lot of attention has clearly been paid to nailing the parkour and capoeira influences. The other standout element of the game is the cool, sprawling look of the city.

Based on this first look, Tron Evolution is headed in the right direction. The game looks sharp and has very promising gameplay. The parkour influences are a nice surprise and work well. Fans of Tron, especially those hankering for a proper game experience to live out their fantasies of kicking around the cult favorite cyberworld, look to be in for a treat. Lastly, we do know that the game will feature multiplayer for up to 10 players, but Disney isn't revealing any specifics at the moment. Tron Evolution is slated to ship later this year. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks at the Electronic Entertainment Expo and Comic-Con.

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Discussion

47 comments
renigade16
renigade16

@oflow Dude its NOT the current generation is the this generations parents and grand parents their the ones in charge their the one making the games.

oflow
oflow

meh getting tired of all these remakes. Everything is throw back this, remake that. Its like the current generation has no originality at all.

Wam11
Wam11

@-HCMF- haha. this must be nothing less then totally sweet eh? ya im fascinated with how things change over time. anyways. im surprised how good this tron game is looking. ur character can level up? theres a sequal coming out? man.. computers are way more complicated then they were in 1982 theres gonna be METAPHOR MANIA

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

I have good memories of playing the stand up head to head trons deadly disc in the arcades for hours...

Madbane
Madbane

I hope this game will be at least as good as Tron 2.0. Good variety of weapons, a lot of customization options, good plot, memorable moments and fun cycle events, these are what I expect. I hope they will not mess up this game.

jasper-ah-
jasper-ah-

i hope its not like other movies games[iron man,...] i wish its a real action rpg like mass effect or starswar

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

for some its ghostbusters, for others star wars. for me TRON! this game could get F's across the board and i'd still get it!

bbdarkpipebear
bbdarkpipebear

The game can only be a failure depending on many things and the software company making it. The last PC Tron game I played was a bit of a disappointment. Graphics were great, story intrigued me but I was not able to enjoy it because the gameplay seemed a bit difficult. Hopefully whatever software company that did the latest Tron to be released, if not Disney themselves, may have did it right but I did say "may have". PC games that Disney did themselves were not that great. Disney may be good at other things electronic such as for the movies and tv but for games, they are not that good at it nor are they at choosing 3rd party software companies to develop their intellectual properties into games.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Another movie game, another failure. Why do they keep doing it? Ridiculous.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

I like the Tron movie and the previus Tron game was alot of fun and good for its day. And this looks relay cool as well. Going to be interesting to se more of it.

snipergimp
snipergimp

Tron as a game has so much potential due to its source material, the Game/Movie tie in curse may actually not come to play here.

000000000111
000000000111

To metalkid9, Split/Second was by Disney Interactive...so what's the trip???

KWHCoaster
KWHCoaster

For those POed about "no PC Version", and apparently new to Gamespot, how about reading the top left margin before whining. See where is says... "Also on PC, X360" Now go take that Ritalin that you forgot.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I don't know about this. I mean it's Disney.

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Tron 2.0 was so rad, I'm stoked for this. I wonder if it will have any tie-ins with it, or if it will be forgotten. Tron 2.0 might be further than everything else in the universe seeing as how it centers around Flynn's son? Who knows, I guess we will have to wait and see. But yeah, it would be a shame if they didn't put it out for PC, A HUGE SHAME. They should also throw it out on Mac as well....

Eragon3131
Eragon3131

Where the heck is my PC version?

Squirrelatwar
Squirrelatwar

Please. I beg you. Make this game as good as it is looking right now.

Mcortijo01
Mcortijo01

@ Jackc8 I hope so too. I lost many quarters to Tron back in the day.

freeofkings
freeofkings

if they do with this what they helped do with kingdom hearts... well we can only hope.

Jackc8
Jackc8

I hope they include the original arcade game from 1982 as well. I remember palying it way back then, it was pretty cool.

LightR
LightR

The movie looks awesome. Hopefully this game will do just as well.

starwarsjunky
starwarsjunky

looks good but i still just cant help but be skeptical, being a movie game :?

Hekynn
Hekynn

Very cool can't wait for the movie and the game. :D

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

The graphics look pretty sweet but that's not my concern. If they can make a fun battle system and fun gameplay, they win in my book.

tbailey184
tbailey184

I really enjoyed Tron 2.0 on pc when it came out, so am cautiously excited to see this one. The world of Tron is just so much fun to base a game in, I hope they do it proud.

Frimmel
Frimmel

Okay, it stays on the radar. "Discs of Tron" is one of my old school favs.

Backlash24
Backlash24

Looks like it could be a good game ...

slowmanrunning
slowmanrunning

I was quite a fan of the old tron 2.0 on original xbox, it was a really fun game with elements like those seen in uplink and half life. It also had rpg elements, and tron cycle racing that was really fun and could be quite challenging. It was genuinely an underrated game in my opinion, possibly due to the first half hour being a little slow.

eddy96_1
eddy96_1

daft punk making an appearance?

Vojkan80001
Vojkan80001

i predict this will get delayed in 2011, and we will once again have too many games in Jan-March period.

ColonelX24
ColonelX24

If they do this right, this could turn out a pretty good game.

MidbackMan
MidbackMan

"You can level up your character as you progress through the game." Wow, guys, good caption. There's clearly a lot to speak of about this game. Ugh.

hatae55
hatae55

so who else found the name Anon funny...

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

Hoping this game will be good. Not sure if this will stand out among other titles though when the time comes for a purchase.

Beastcake
Beastcake

I'll take your word for it, Ricardo. Lookin' forward to it.

thenarkallaptar
thenarkallaptar

I was a huge fan of Tron 2.0 a while back. Played online years after it came out. I hope this is as much fun.

Uhagi
Uhagi

Please be good. I remember the movie and the old school games in the arcade. I hope the game is good, and the movie. Only timr will tell.