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Spore Games For Wii and DS, PC Expansions Due In 2009

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the evolving-into-new-places dept.

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Supa writes "EA UK has confirmed new Spore games for the Wii, DS and PC, as well as four more Spore expansion packs. From the article: 'Spore fans are finally getting that Wii version of Spore in Spore: Hero. Another new game tie-in will be Spore: Hero Arena for DS, a standalone Spore: Creature Keeper (PC), and four more Spore expansion packs with the first of them titled Spore: Galactic Adventures.' All of them will be arriving in 2009." Kotaku has a more in-depth look at the details of the first expansion, saying, "As with most of what comes from developer Maxis, there's a lot of stuff to soak up whenever they make something new. Adventures is way more than just slapped-on content or a single new feature; you really have to play it to even get a feel of just how much is going on."

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Attn: Will Wright (2, Interesting)

Majik Sheff (930627) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571101)

Can you please go back to making quality software toys? Perhaps you need to adopt a pseudonym to publish under so that EA can't claim your soul.

Names... (2, Insightful)

Chordonblue (585047) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573757)

Is it just me or does it seem that whenever there's a lesser version of some game, it has a longer name.

First we started off with 'Spore' on the PC.

Then it's 'Spore:Hero' on the Wii.

Finally, it's 'Spore: Hero Arena' on the DS.

Can we expect a 'Spore: Hero Arena - Electric Boogaloo' for the Atari 2600?

Re:Attn: Will Wright (1)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 5 years ago | (#26578857)

He makes more money doing things like "The Sims", alas.

Wright (2, Interesting)

mqduck (232646) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571109)

"...and four more Spore expansion packs with the first of them titled Spore: Galactic Adventures.' All of them will be arriving in 2009."

Will Wright: Creative genius and big, big fan of money.

Re:Wright (2, Funny)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571189)

Spore 2: The Search for More Money

Why make a sequel when you can release umpteen expansion packs full of material that couldn't possibly have been shipped in the original game, no.

Re:Wright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26571257)

It's umpteen expansion packs at the same time. So, did they build them together then split them off into four parts when it finished? Greedy pricks. That's worse than Everquest.

Re:Wright (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26572221)

It may be a cynical approach to game design and creation, but as long as people keep buying these expansion packs in huge numbers then why would EA ever stop using this strategy?

Would you if you were in Mr. Wright's shoes?

Re:Wright (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573667)

Spore 2 will come out only when they are done with all the expansions for Spore 1.

It'll be just like 1, but with better graphics, and maybe a *few* tweaks.

And then they'll release all kind of expansions, startlingly like the ones release for Spore 1...

Re:Wright (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26578571)

I don't think he has anything to do with sequels or expansions. He hasn't even been very involved with SimCity or the Sims since their first releases. He seems like the kind of big-name developer who puts an idea out, has a software development team make it, and then gets bored with it and moves onto the next thing while his company makes money off sequels and expansions.

Gameplay Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26571135)

There are a few good videos of actual gameplay on youtube. [youtube.com] If the game is anything like the videos I'll be picking these games up as soon as it comes out.

Re:Gameplay Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26571157)

astroturfing

Re:Gameplay Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26571571)

They must be paying pretty badly if that's the best astroturfing they can afford...

Re:Gameplay Videos (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26573735)

I do love how none of the replies bothered to actually watch the video...

Don't see the value... (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571281)

What is the value in having a sequel without the base game on the system?

I would love Spore: Wii.

I'm not so interested in Spore: Hero tho I might have been if there had been a Spore: Wii.

Spore for Wii? (4, Funny)

russlar (1122455) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571299)

Penis Creatures running on a Wii. It's perfect.

Re:Spore for Wii? (2, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573217)

Do I want to know what motion you have to make with the wii-mote to make it work?

Alliteration fun (1)

BlackCobra43 (596714) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573293)

Wii wees will make wee Wii players cringe.

Re:Alliteration fun (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577135)

No, Wii wees will make wee Wii players go "Wheee!"

Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware? (1)

Dixcuxx.com (1459623) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571413)

Comparing to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, the hardware ability of Wii is like nothing. However, Wii still cost so much. Why PS3 or Xbox 360 just add a Wii kind of controller then isn't Wii becomes kind of useless? I played Wii once and the graphic is so old school then I cannot stand for it.

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571923)

If there was ever a game that didn't need to be in HD, Spore is it.

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26573263)

Hey, I think your mother is calling you for dinner.

Seriously, stop being a childish troll.

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (2, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 5 years ago | (#26574277)

Even if PS3 or Xbox360 added a Wii-type controller, it wouldn't help them because it wouldn't be the standard controller for that platform, and thus third-party developers wouldn't be able to count on the player having it. It would suffer the same fate as every other non-standard controller in history (light guns, mice, dance pads, etc.): only used by one or a few games. Nintendo's brilliance (or luck, if you're a Sony or MS fanboy) with the Wii was not that they made a new type of input device available, but that they forced developers to actually use it.

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | more than 5 years ago | (#26586381)

You're forgetting the "Dual Shock strategy" Sony used with the PSone, release a new controller with games that support it already out, and then later add it to the standard machine bundle.

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (1)

sandmaninator (884661) | more than 5 years ago | (#26575613)

I completely agree with you. I sold my Wii for what I paid for it and bought a cheaper Xbox 360 so that I could play games like GTA 4, watch movies on NetFlix, and a million other things that the Wii cannot (or will not) do. The only thing I do not like is paying for Xbox Live membership and the damn fan noise of the 360. Wii was pleasantly silent (even when turned on, which was rare).

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577187)

There simply aren't any interesting games on Wii, for me. Once the novelty of the controller wore off there wasn't much left.

I ended up going with PS3, and it's nice to get a better selection of software (for the teenage and older set) along with bluray and etc.

Re:Why people would buy Wii with Low-Tech hardware (1)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 5 years ago | (#26595991)

Xbox Live's greatest asset is the microphone dynamics. Quite simply, its hearing someone talk and say something funny and authentically having a group of people laugh without pushing a button to turn on their mic and go "ha ha". A fun game is to guess where someone is from based on their accent, or guess their race based on their Ebonics (then check their "mii" picture and see if you were correct).

That said, it often times has bottlekneck issues which I find inexecusable given MS's deep pockets and the fact every person ponies up 50 bucks a year.

New DRM (2, Informative)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571463)

And this time, the game box will be accompained by a thug that will follow you to your home and will punch anyone who looks like they're thinking about copying it.

And you'll have to feed the thug.

Re:New DRM (1)

tyrantking31 (1115607) | more than 5 years ago | (#26575465)

Do you know where I can apply for one of these thug positions? In this economy free food sounds great.

Re:New DRM (1)

bonch (38532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26578625)

Maybe if there weren't so many tards pirating everything and inventing goofy reasons to justify it, DRM wouldn't be required to protect artist rights.

Ok Time for Top Quality (1)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571507)

Spore was fine, but seriously not worth the hype. I enjoyed it, but compared to some of the other Will Wright concepts it is seriously lacking. And no, I'm not talking about the DRM. Spore is a good start, but I hope Will has more up his sleave.

Re:Ok Time for Top Quality (3, Interesting)

LarsWestergren (9033) | more than 5 years ago | (#26572457)

I agree. I actually defended Spore here on Slashdot when it was the Great DRM Debate, I thought it was fun. But I got really fed up with it surprisingly quick. Designing creatures remained fun, but the core gameplay was just too...shallow.

I think it really deserved the "most overhyped game" awards it won.

Re:Ok Time for Top Quality (1)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 5 years ago | (#26572805)

Totally agreed, good game, but nothing like it could have been.

Re:Ok Time for Top Quality (1)

Moridineas (213502) | more than 5 years ago | (#26575349)

Completely agree... I can't say I really enjoyed the GAME at any individual stage, but the creator designer, trying to get new evolutionary parts, making cities, etc was pretty cool.

I actually never finished the Galactic stage--seemed boring, and I got tired of the controls completely changing between every stage.

Re:Ok Time for Top Quality (1)

MetalFlow (1430151) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576393)

I personally was hoping for the prophesied Great Merging of the SIM titles (e.g. Sim Earth, Sim Life, Sim City, etc..) . I look at how old those games are, and think to myself, "wow.. if an older, less powerful platform could run just one of the these individual simulations, couldn't our newer, bigger, stonger, faster platforms run them all *together*?" It turns out that, no... no they can't.. because Will Wright is a dream killer...

Spore? Whats that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26571525)

Hmm... Oh wait... is that the game that was hyped to be so totally ground breaking awesome and turned out to be a complete empty hollow shell of a game and a letdown?

Another one? Meh. I lost intrest in that after about 20 minutes. I think i spent more time installing and uninstalling than playing.

They lost their chance with the first version. Now the name spore will forever mean 'overhyped letdown' of a game.

Rumor has it (1)

sleeponthemic (1253494) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571849)

That the Wii version comes with an extra special DRM style handcuff nunchuk. Can't wait.

Hmmm I can see it now... (2, Funny)

JimboFBX (1097277) | more than 5 years ago | (#26571927)

Go to Bob in less than 25 sectrons
Bob has 3 different things he can say, you can pick 1 of 3 responses to correctly correspond to what he says like the game Simon
Bob gives you item
Take item to Sally
Sally takes item, but only if you a dance combo consisting of 3 different possible dances. Also it must be what she asks for
Sally gives you 5 yellow spice, use it to trade for some blue spice by taking the yellow spice to Amy
You already have blue spice in your inventory. Sally gives you 100,000 spore bucks for it
Finally you must kill some turrets from the pen15 civilization in 45 sectrons. Before you can react though, 7 of your planets are at war and 2 ecodisasters are starting!

Re:Hmmm I can see it now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26572013)

Exactly, for me to buy or even download any expansion for Spore would need to actually add more gameplay options not just more flashy content.

Shovelware incoming (2, Insightful)

Uglypug (1309973) | more than 5 years ago | (#26572431)

Sounds like the very definition of "shovelware" to me.

Big deal (1)

Alarindris (1253418) | more than 5 years ago | (#26572447)

I was pumped to buy the game and was completely disappointed like many I'm sure.

Does anyone find this game to be fun? Will anyone buy this?

I really don't think anyone cares.

Re:Big deal (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 5 years ago | (#26572539)

It was fun up until the space stage which was completely disappointing.

Re:Big deal (1)

Dolohov (114209) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573265)

I'm under the impression that at least one of the expansions is intended specifically to make the space stage more fun.

Re:Big deal (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573577)

Oh, it was fun alright. Fun in the way that four or five flash games put together is fun.

Not worth the hype or the money or the DRM hassle, IMHO, and now releasing expansions to fix the depth of play problem when the original game ought to have had the features anyway?

Cheap, lame, money-grubbing buggers.

Now with 10% more DRM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26572761)

And new DRM-Lite for DS!

The long awaited addon for Spore (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 5 years ago | (#26573355)

Maybe it's finally the one with the game.

Quite seriously, does anyone want an addon for this game? Basically it was 5 minigames, none of which I would consider "fun".

Basically, what bugged me (besides the DRM) was that there was simply nothing really new or exciting. Everything this game did had been done before, and had been done better before. You have five tiny versions of five different games, none of which are too exciting.

And now I should buy an addon? Maybe containing the content it originally should have had in the first place? Thanks, but no, thanks.

Other People's Content (1)

Squiffy (242681) | more than 5 years ago | (#26578063)

All of the naysayers here seem to be missing the coolest part about Spore, which is how other people's content gets incorporated into your game. I agree that the gameplay needs work, but this is the first game I've ever played where every time I play, there are new creatures, new spaceships, new things to see. Is that completely worthless to everyone else?

Still waiting for Spore: Rock Band for the Wii (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 5 years ago | (#26578113)

Any idea when I can evolve my music-wielding three-armed googly-eyed overlords into the ultimate galaxy-conquering rock band of the ages?

Good Old EA (1)

SupremoMan (912191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26581331)

I'm disgusted, but sadly not disappointed. I predicted there would be ton of expansions for this incomplete game. And the worst part of it, even when you get all expansions, the game will not be by any means be complete. Hell if I want infinity of minigames, I can go to armorgames.com and play for free.

Everyone Hated Spore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26583481)

It started at the lowest rating possible in a number of systems, and then through incredible wheeling and dealing ending up with just above the lowest rating possible.
[amazon] [amazon.com] , why are they still pushing it?, didn't they learn from anything Windows did with Vista?

I got to see Spore: Hero for myself (1)

Lordnerdzrool (884216) | more than 5 years ago | (#26597223)

In the game, you witness and take part in evolving your own musical instrument from the small stages of harmonicas all the way to pianos and beyond! During gameplay, you play notes as they come on the screen. Several different difficulty settings.

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