Author Archives: Phil Savage

West and Zampella make Cheap Shot

The former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella have provided details of their first game for EA. In Cheap Shot you’ll play Jince Wampella, a mercenary who takes revenge on his former employers over a pay dispute. Asked where they got the idea for the game, West said, “there’s no subtext here, alright? Wampella discovers that Active Vision is actually a front for an international terrorist organisation. It’s going to be like Grisham with explosions.” “And violence,” offered Zampella. “We’ve had help from the guys at Visceral to really boost the gore. But it’s OK… Active Vision are…

Ubisoft reveal next step in DRM technology

Quietly, just after their press conference last night, Ubisoft outlined the details of Always Online 2, the evolution of their DRM system. The first Always Online demanded that users connected to Ubisoft’s servers while playing certain games. AO2 expands on the features offered by that release by requiring a constant connection be present at all times. “Our first attempt was a step in the right direction,” said Ubi CEO Yves Guillemot, “but its limitations were obvious. We could check a user wasn’t pirating our games while they were playing them, but what about the rest of time? The moment they…