A new trailer and screenshots have been revealed for the Doctor Who game which is being developoed bySupermassive Games for PS3 and PlayStation Vita that shows the title’s gameplay.
Simon Harris, Executive Producer at BBC Worldwide, shared some insight into the process of creating monsters for a Doctor Who game:
Choosing the monsters for the game turned out to be a more of a complicated process than you would imagine. Initially, when Supermassive put in their design pitch for the game, they had chosen the four monsters they would like to see, both as Doctor Who fans and from a gameplay point of view. However, at that time they weren’t aware of the new monsters that were going to be shown in the new series, which was just about to start on the BBC. Given the high level of security we place on information about the show, there were some great discussions where we had to talk very cryptically about a specific monster. We had to balance this with trying to understand what the design team at Supermassive wanted to achieve – we didn’t want to include new monster if it completely broke the gameplay plans. Thankfully the design change felt good and The Silence was added to the monster line up. I’m not going to tell you which one got cut, but I can promise it will make appearance in a future game.
Having settled on our monster line up — the Silence, Cybermen, Silurians and the Daleks — work started on the detailed game design on how they would challenge the Doctor and River. We also had to start modelling the characters for the in-game graphics. Accuracy is vital, and it was essential to have the models looking like they do in the show. It was great to start working with the Doctor Who teams in London and Cardiff to ensure our dimensions, the shaders (the technical term for an aspect of the graphics which give a texture a look and feel to it such as steel or cloth) and the colours were all entirely correct.
In the trailer the Doctor and River Song are trying to stop a storm that could destroy the universe. The game features famous enemies such as Cybermen, Silurians, The Silence, and Daleks.
We’re a little unconviced at the game footage as it looks like a very simplistic game, albeit with nice graphics. That said, as big Who fans we’ll be first at the front of the que to get our copy.