More News On "Cross-play" Game The Crossing

The latest issue of Games for Windows magazine has the promised cover story on The Crossing, the upcoming Source engine based first person shooter from developer Arkane Studios. The game design will attempt to merge aspects of single player and multiplayer in what the article is calling "cross-play", all based around a storyline that centers on the city of Paris that has fallen into disarray following the collapse of the French government. There's also jumping between parallel universes to a world where in the Middle Ages the Knights Templar did not disban and have in fact taken control of the government.
 
The merging of single and multiplayer in The Crossing happens when "story players" (either by themselves or in co-op mode) suddenly switch over to fight live "skirmish players". Skirmish players can also go into story missions, taking over enemies that normally would be controlled by a game's AI. Arkane Studios is apparently planning to control the game's servers for players of The Crossing to assure that the mixing of single and multiplayer matches is seemless. There are hints about unlockable content in The Crossing for players that participate in these kinds of matches. The Crossing is still early in development; the article states it's not due until sometime in 2008 and the screenshots that accompany the article are said to be very early (they pretty much look like a Half-Life 2 mod).
 
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i cant rember the last decent game that came out, all i see is fpd aft fps, havent seen a decent rts or rpg in bloooooody ages

DKAngel said,
i cant rember the last decent game that came out, all i see is fpd aft fps, havent seen a decent rts or rpg in bloooooody ages

I guess you've been living under a rock the last few months then because Company of Heroes came out last year and is one of the best RTS games of all time. And this is coming from someone who doesn't even really care for RTS games at all.

DKAngel said,
i cant rember the last decent game that came out, all i see is fpd aft fps, havent seen a decent rts or rpg in bloooooody ages

it has definitely been a RTS year, just look at the success THQ has been having. Company of Heroes, W40k: Dark Crusade, and Medieval 2 are all excellent games.

Indeed, PC gaming is at the forefront of gaming at all times. It also only took a small handful of developers to keep PC gaming on top at all times, valve being one of them and of course 3drealms being the centre of the rumourmill :p

Anyway, this game sounds good

Now that sounds quite enticing, but will PC gaming be dead by 2008? Vista being a requirement might help put a few nails in the coffin.

Marduk said,
Now that sounds quite enticing, but will PC gaming be dead by 2008? Vista being a requirement might help put a few nails in the coffin.

PC Gaming isn't going anywhere. Every time new consoles come out, people say that, and the PC is still here and is used for gaming.

Marduk said,
Now that sounds quite enticing, but will PC gaming be dead by 2008? Vista being a requirement might help put a few nails in the coffin.

The Source engine is Vista-only?

I don't think there will be any Vista-only, AKA DX10, games for a while.

Devs should use OpenGL 2.x anyway, because then they can use DX10 hardware without DX10! Not to mention that the Wii, PS3, Macs, and Linux all support OpenGL. Why do PC devs stay with DX at all? Did they sign their souls over to MS?

So here's hoping MS shot themselves in the foot with their DX10 extortion scheme, because I don't want to buy Vista!

You try developing a game with opengl, then one with DirectX. You might not like DirectX, but by god it's a dream to use.