The Showdown Effect

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The Showdown Effect
The Showdown Effect cover art.jpg
Developer(s)Arrowhead Game Studios, Pixeldiet Entertainment
Publisher(s)Paradox Interactive
Director(s)Johan Pilestedt
Producer(s)Axel Lindberg (Arrowhead)
Mats Anderson (Pixeldiet)
Designer(s)Emil Englund
Johan Pilestedt
Artist(s)Carl Brännström
Malin Hedström
EngineBitsquid
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Release5 March 2013
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Multiplayer

The Showdown Effect is an action game developed by Arrowhead Game Studios in cooperation with Pixeldiet Entertainment and published by Paradox Interactive for Microsoft Windows and OS X. The game was released on 5 March 2013 via digital distribution on Steam.

The game has a strong inspiration in exploitation films of the 1980s and 1990s, with all characters being one of multiple protagonists of these films. Most of the interaction between the characters of the game consists of "one-liners". These one-liners are part of the game's mechanics.[1] The game is set in a futuristic Tokyo in 2027.

Development[edit]

The game was announced in February 2012 under the codename "Project JFK", and was unveiled during the Game Developers Conference 2012. The Showdown Effect was developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and co-developed by Pixeldiet Entertainment, their first game on the market.[2] The Showdown Effect was created in the BitSquid video game engine. The pre-game production has begun in late 2011, with only a small part of the Arrowhead team working on the title.[3] In January 2012 the rest of the team left another project they were working together and with the rest of the team at Stockholm, thus giving focus the full The Showdown Effect.

On 8 February 2012, Paradox Interactive has announced that three new games would be revealed at GDC that year, including code name "Project JFK", which would later become The Showdown Effect. On 6 March 2012, the game was revealed to be a "2.5D multiplayer action game where players will participate in deadly battles to win fame."

In an interview to Joystiq, Emil Englund, the game designer of Arrowhead Game Studios, said the idea for The Showdown Effect came when they were working together with Paradox Interactive in creating a game similar to Super Smash Bros.. Moreover, the designer Johan Pilestedt, of The Escapist, said he considered the game a mix between Super Smash Bros. and GoldenEye 007. Pilestedt continued, commenting on some movies that were used for inspiration during the creation of the game, especially in the graphics: "It is close to the work of Tarantino. His films are so violent, but are exaggerated. The blood is not real blood, it's just red water. These exploitation films are a major influence on the violence present in Showdown. " Pilestedt also mentioned to the interviewer that animations in the film Ghost in the Machine and in Team Fortress 2 served as inspiration.

Englund explained the significance of the name of the game, The Showdown Effect: "[...] is the moment where two people meet and they just know they have the look and know they have to battle. "[4] Speaking with Kotaku Australia, Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, commented on the characters of the game, saying that they are all based on characters from action films of the 1980s such as John McClane in Die Hard, Roger Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon or "any movie 1980 with Arnold Schwarzenegger." Each character was created to resemble an archetype of the time, but never tried to imitate a single character.

The team responsible for the game decided not to create a version for consoles, nor add support for gamepad in the version for computers.[5] According to Pilestedt, after testing several different mechanical controls, decided to stay only with the keyboard and mouse because "if you have high damage and you hit all the bullets, the game goes to be about who pulled the trigger first." Due to this, the game has a system where the bullets hit the opponent only if the sight reticle is on the enemy, if otherwise the bullets will hit only the scenario, making a system with gamepad "impossible". However, the version presented during the PAX East of 2012 had full support gamepad, which was removed after discussions about the game focus more on quick reflexes .[6]

Those who registered through the official website, or those who pre-purchased the game, gained access to the closed beta on 1 February 2013.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Published on 5 February 2013 by Joe Martin (2013-02-05). "The Showdown Effect preview | bit-gamer.net". Bit-tech.net. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130314215339/http://pixeldiet.se/the-games/. Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Arrowhead – A semi-brief history | Arrowhead". Arrowheadgamestudios.com. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  4. ^ "The Showdown Effect : Interview". Strategy Informer. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  5. ^ "GameSpy: The Showdown Effect Beta Begins - Page 1". Pc.gamespy.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  6. ^ "GameSpy: The Showdown Effect Q&A with Director Johan Pilestedt - Page 1". Pc.gamespy.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  7. ^ Hinkle, David (2013-02-01). "The Showdown Effect leaps into beta today". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-11-22.

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