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"Eight Days" and "The Getaway" Get Away

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the look-for-several-rush-job-finishes-on-other-games-soon dept.

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Gamespot is reporting that both The Getaway and Eight Days have hit the developmental equivalent to purgatory since the studio has suspended work on both games. Claiming the desire to "redistribute resources and budget," Sony is apparently conducting an internal review of all of their development projects in an attempt to stay competitive in the immediate future. "Announced at E3 in 2006, Eight Days was a PlayStation 3 game that combined third-person shooting with driving action. The Getaway, also for the PS3, was to continue on from the PlayStation 2 game, which was released in 2002 and spawned a sequel and a PlayStation Portable spin-off called Gangs of London. Little was known about the modern action-adventure game other than the fact that it was to be set in a photorealistic London."

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photorealistic (2, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 5 years ago | (#23656759)

Have you seen those Doom graphics? FULLY ANIMATED sprites. 3 dimensional environments. This is truly the pinnacle of computer graphics.

Re:photorealistic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23657015)

Duke Nukem, yo.

News Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23657049)

And games that I've never heard of hitting development hell is newsworthy WHY?

It must be a slow newsday, or the "Sony is evil" meme must need a little propping up :/

I do not think it means what you think it means (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23657941)

Gamespot is reporting that both The Getaway and Eight Days have hit the developmental equivalent to purgatory since the studio has suspended work on both games.
So what you're saying is, these games are being purified in preparation for the developmental equivalent of heaven?

Or did you mean to say limbo instead of purgatory?

Purgatory of free software (3, Insightful)

tepples (727027) | more than 5 years ago | (#23660255)

So what you're saying is, these games are being purified in preparation for the developmental equivalent of heaven?
What you describe would be more like if an unfinished game got released as free software.

Gateway (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23658869)

fuck.. was i the only one who misread and thought they were making a gateway game?

Lack of Commentary... (1)

KGIII (973947) | more than 5 years ago | (#23659261)

Judging by the lack of commentary and the duration that the story has been available on the front page this appears to not really be newsworthy. Maybe we can get some extra (more interesting) stories on the front page seeing as this one is a bust.

competition (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#23659719)

Little was known about the modern action-adventure game other than the fact that it was to be set in a photorealistic London.

Sounds like all the programmers stopped working and started playing GTA4 once it came out. It's probably pretty hard to work on a cheap ripoff of a game when a good sequel to the original comes out.

On the plus side, they could just add brittish accents and take out the map system. That's basically what they did with the original getaway and GTAIII.

Re:competition (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 5 years ago | (#23661489)

Even harder when the first one on the PS2 was only good for the london representation. As it game it pretty much sucked and I didn't even bother finishing it.

The Getaway is a very UK-centric game... (3, Insightful)

FinestLittleSpace (719663) | more than 5 years ago | (#23659773)

SO I doubt the 'mericans here are going to care much.

But regardless, even the first was weak. The mapping was absolutely incredible. Incredible. You could find your way around London perfectly. As a Londoner, this is and was cool to me.

The cars you could drive were wonderfully done and handled with a real sense of danger. Little touches like indicators when you turned just made it so convincing to play. And of course, it was just /so/ british, and /so/ spot on.

Unfortunately the game was, overall, lacking a hell of a lot to really bring it to the top and I'm surprised they kept this wanna-be-gta franchise going as long as they did...

Re:The Getaway is a very UK-centric game... (2, Funny)

analog_line (465182) | more than 5 years ago | (#23662177)

As an American, it proved that I should never, ever drive if I find myself in England. Couldn't seem to get the hang of not driving straight into oncoming traffic no matter how long I tried.

Face it... (1)

SvnLyrBrto (62138) | more than 5 years ago | (#23662777)

The Getaway was just an utterly terrible game. Something's just sooo wrong when the best anyone can say in its favor is that it has a perfectly realistic map of the city. Real-life cities don't, after all, actually make for good settings for chase scenes in movies OR games. A fun TV pastime for me is to watch chase scenes in movies that take place here in San Francisco, and try to figure out what real route must have been followed.

I'd have no problem with a UK-centric game. But the map notwithstanding, the actual GAME in The Getaway was awful. Now... if Rockstar, OTOH, were to give London the GTA treatment (I believe they did once, back in the PS1 days.), I bet that people the world over, including Americans, would be lined up to buy it by the millions.

cya,
john

Re:The Getaway is a very UK-centric game... (2, Funny)

DingerX (847589) | more than 5 years ago | (#23663489)

so basically, it was made with The Knowledge, but not The Love?

Good News everybody... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23665531)

Glad to see they are prioritising LBP and other high profile releases, and sidelining some of the less interesting stuff. I suspect parts of the code will be culled for other stuff anyway, so it's not really wasted work..
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