Today has been crazy with all of the Spore news coming out. N’Gai over at Newsweek managed to interview Will Wright along with a few other developers on the details of Spore. It’s a 3 part interview, so get ready for a lengthy read. Below is a snippet of the interview:
When we first met in your office to talk seriously about this game it was some time in 2005. It’s now 2008, and you guys are finally set to announce a release date. What happened? What’s been taking so long in making this game?
Oh gosh. It was so many challenges to overcome. A lot of them initially were technical challenges: procedural animation; can we do these levels of detail enough to have zoom on the models; etc. Once we nailed most of those, it became a very large design challenge. And probably the biggest design challenge was keeping it very accessible to players so that every bit of the game was intuitive, easy and approachable. At the same time, we were going to mix all these genres, so we wanted to have one kind of control scheme, camera scheme, feedback system, rewards, across these different game genres. That probably overall was the biggest challenge, I think.
We’ve had all the game levels up and running for quite a while now. Initially it felt like five different games kind of stuck together. We basically did pass after pass, bringing these things into alignment, kind of like aligning the Intercontinental railway, digging into the rails with a sledgehammer, slowly getting closer and closer and closer until pretty soon it’s a seamless fit across the rail.