Interview with the Chiefs of Game Developers by Jade
ever wondered about who the people are behind the games you love?
What they look like? What they eat? Well, I came up with 5 questions
for my five-minute interview with the leaders of popular game software
companies. We will feature one Chief each week. And I've also got
a photo of each Chief I've interviewed, so that you can see what
they look like. As for what they eat, that's highly classified information.
These are indeed some exciting
times when the world’s biggest online gaming title, EverQuest,
is coming to the Pocket PC. Even if you are not an RPG gamer, you
will surely have heard of this game. On the eve of the EverQuest
for Pocket PC release, we chatted with Rob Hill, Producer at Sony
Online Entertainment (SOE) which is the home of EverQuest. He sheds
some light on the journey of EveryQuest coming to the Pocket PC.
Interview: Jade Dragon: EverQuest
is the most successful online fantasy game ever and sets the bar
for the online gaming world. What inspired you to port this title
to the Pocket PC?
EverQuest for the Pocket PC is not a port. It has been built from
the ground-up, designed with the single-player gamer in mind. SOE
is always looking for new avenues in which to extend our product
lines. The Pocket PC gaming market is a new and exciting platform
that we felt could help us extend the EverQuest name to a new group
a development standpoint, you've got the EQ Classic and expansion
packs such as The Planes of Power, Shadows of Luclin, Ruins of Kunark
and The Scars of Velious. Such massive worlds, levels, items, character
classes, etc., how did you decide what to include in the Pocket
PC port and what to leave out? Will there be expansion packs for
the Pocket PC?
the game was intended to be a single player experience from the very beginning,
we began by envisioning the kind of story we wanted to convey. We then
chose the areas in the EverQuest world that fit that storyline best. There
familiar EverQuest locales including Freeport, Oasis and Neriak, and dungeons
such as Befallen, the Spectral Isles, and Freeport Tunnels. The fact that
we are dealing with memory limitations forced us to only do a portion
of the world.
We also took a look at the various classes that provide
such a rich multi-player experience in PC EverQuest and decided which
we might adapt best to a single player game. In the end we decided on
the Warrior, Wizard, Druid and Magician. They turned out to fit quite
long did it take to develop the Pocket PC version and how many developers
entire process for the original took about seven months. The team consists
of one programmer, two artists, a designer, and a producer. Much of that
time was in building the tools we would need to generate the world, monsters,
items, and quests. Since those tools have been completed, we should be
able to create new content rapidly.
the Pocket PC version ever have an online or multi-player mode?
The environment for doing online gaming on these devices doesn't seem
to be developed enough yet. We also need to consider penetration of online
usage with Pocket PC's when deciding something like this.
So the answer is, not yet.
know that Palm OS 5 devices with ARM processor just came out. Will you
port EQ to the new Palm OS 5 machines such as the Sony Clie NX series?
are looking into all the different possibilities, but no determination
has yet been made.
we expect other Sony Online Entertainment game titles on the Pocket PC
in the future?
are most certainly looking into the possibility of developing more titles
for the Pocket PC, so stay tuned for future announcements.
else you’d like to say to the gamers out there?
feel that EverQuest for Pocket PC is at the apex of gaming on these devices.
The amount of content and playability we have been able to pack into the
game will surprise many players. This is the fun part about making games.
Getting your product to the people who are meant to enjoy them. We certainly
hope the players do.