[UPDATE] Concept artist and Darth Maul designer Iain McCaig clarifies Develop 2011 comments, says time frame was a guess.
Illustrator and concept artist Iain McCaig, whose past projects include Terminator 2, Secret of Monkey Island, and Star Wars: Episode I, is designing characters for Respawn Entertainment, the studio founded by former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella. Speaking at UK-based games industry conference Develop, McCaig said he is "having the most fun working with Respawn Entertainment right now, but I can't show you, and I won't be able to show you, until 2015."
McCaig, who designed Darth Maul for The Phantom Menace, said he had been invited by a friend and former student to work on character designs for the Respawn project, about which little is known so far. The studio has multiple ties to the movie concept artist community; Respawn art director Matt Codd similarly draws experience from the art departments of Hollywood blockbusters.
On the topic of games and movies, McCaig said, "The whole entertainment industry is blending into one," though he admits to not really playing video games, saying: "Somehow computer games just don't involve me yet. I think as AI improves I'll get [more involved]." The Respawn project is far from McCaig's first exposure to video games, though. He has produced art for several games; notably, he worked on lauded 1990 graphic adventure Secret of Monkey Island, drawing 256-colour character portraits with a mouse while waiting to work on Terminator 2.
Besides a staff list that includes Iain McCaig and Matt Codd, there is little known about Respawn's first project. Respawn.com launched in late June with a blurry piece of art from the game by way of a teaser.
[UPDATE]: McCaig responded to GameSpot's request for clarification on the 2015 time frame with the following statement: "2015 was just my wildest guess as to when I would be able to show my artwork, which is usually 12 months or more after release. I have no real information on the release date of the game."
Oh, that makes more sense. He is saying that the game will probably be released in either 2013-2014. My guess is it will be unveiled with some actual teasers some time next year, then will have some real videos coming out, and will eventually drop in Fall 2013 to early 2014. As if you look on Oblivion or Final Fantasy games and see the copyrights, anywhere from 3-5 years seems to be average for a large scale IP. One big question is will they push it back to make it for the newest generation of consoles that will be coming out by then?
With such a protracted development schedule and a dev team that - let's face it - has been revelling a little too much in its pretentiousness in the face of antagonism against Infinity Ward, there's only four things I can say about this title with a reasonable amount of certainty. It's going to be delayed so often as to become the next Duke Nukem Forever. It's going to be hyped up as much as Duke Nukem Forever did. It's going to be passed on to another dev studio who will actually get it finished in a reasonable timeframe and with a reasonable budget - like Duke Nukem Forever did. It's probably going to completely fail to live up to expectations - like Duke Nukem Forever did.
Is it just me or does it look kinda like the prehistoric area? (long tall figure is broncheosauras and volcano behind it).
What am I gonna do with blurry game art? That could really be anything. Heck, it even looks like Halo: Reach's first cutscene. :?
if i was him i wouldn't have even done this & a blurry picture didn't help at all! FAIL!!! this was a stupid spoiler!
what kind of tease is this??? for sure i'm going to forget about this game... and yet 2015...? by then tons of great games will be out....
Wait, if they can't fully reveal the game, why did they tease it? It's just a random blurry picture that could be anything. There's no way anyone's really going to remember that!
Blurry picture till then ...i'll probably lose interest and i'll be playing bad company 3 (or complaining about cod 25 or whatever number they are at in 2015)
It sounds like this is a comment from someone WAYYYYY out of the loop that has been blown all out of proportion. He was hired to do character design and isn't all that into gaming. All he does know is that he usually can't show off his work for at least a year after a project is released. And he seemingly has NO clue what the timeframe is for the release. He made an offhand comment and the rumor mill did the rest. Now he is at home with a drink laughing at the uproar he accidentally caused.
How awesome would it be if in their game there was an evil organization modeld after activision lol.
releasing the same time as left for dead 3, battlefront 3, the 3rd episode of half life, and modern warfare 33
Not until 2015? could be a launch title for Playstation 4. Which most people hope to see it release at that time. But apparently will launch sooner. 2015 is a long ways off so this game will most likely be forgotten about by then we a just a bit past the halfway mark of 2011. So christmas 2015 is the earliest for this Respawn Game. Imagine if Sega were to try to return to the Hardware business and Respawn was the pack in game. Or Apple could try it's hand at a proper gaming platform. All they have to do is add controller analog nubs and buttons to iPad 3 or 4. Whatever they end up in 2015.
@Naimscoo There are actually many developers who've created great games who are not gamers in anyway.....
They're probably creating their own in house engine to create the thing, that's probably why it's gonna take so long.
I took this image into paint to examine it and I'm almost entirely sure it's a wizard tower with a garden around it. Can you say epic fantasy JRPG?!
The guy is not a gamer? My brain cannot fathom what people do with their free time if not gaming. ;)
@Naimscool So you hate people who donot play games working on games? So according to your logic, you must despise Shigeru Miyamoto than....who is one of the greatest game designers of all time, but has gone on the record and says that he rather play the Mandolin and breed dogs than play video games and has confessed he does no gaming on the side.
OK, 2015 is definitely the expiration of the nondisclosure agreement, no current game can survive a development time that long and the game is developed by a brand new company so it makes it that much harder! They are pushing things as much as they can and I'm sure that we'll hear and see more on the project at next years E3! Go Respawn!
doesnt play games, cause last game he was involved in was secret of monkey island....guess he never played original doom. Im so happy for a blurry teaser, its like watching scrambled porn
hmmm interesting. i wonder if this has anything to with the fact that infinity ward was originally called 2015 before it left ea after making moh:allied assault
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