Apr 28, 2009

Bethesda Picks up WET

The last time NGP wrote about WET, Montreal-based developer A2M were fresh out of their showing at the Montreal International Game Summit and sharing some juicy details about their upcoming 3rd-person action shooter. They were also in a bit of a limbo, being deep into development on their new game, yet blowing in the inhospitable business winds without a publisher.

At the time we all wondered who would be the first smart cookies to snap up WET. We wondered no more when over the weekend we received a press release outlining some general details about the game and dropping the name "Bethesda Softworks" as the publisher, all but confirming the new arrangement.

I thought it was an inspired choice for Bethesda to publish WET. Widely known for their epic open-world style RPGs, Bethesda could use a touch of diversification in their portfolio that until recently, began and ended with The Elder Scrolls series.

Their lineage encompasses more than that, of course. Back in the 1990s, Bethesda developed a series of first-person shooter games based on the Terminator movie license. The first of these, released in 1990, barely qualified as a FPS and it was absolutely horrid. Later Terminator games fared a lot better but sometime in the mid-90s Bethesda stopped with the man-on-robot shooters, cranked out a couple decent racing games, then focused on developing their RPG legacy.

With the main dev teams at Bethesda surely tied up with various Elder Scrolls and Fallout projects, it really makes sense for them to publish an exciting new IP placed in a genre they aren't really known for at all. Third-person action? The last few Bethesda games have baseline, nearly unplayable third-person camera modes, so it's great for A2M to come in now and patch up this hole in Bethesda's skill set.

Regardless of how the partnership works out in the long-time, it's safe to say this is great news for both A2M and gamers now that WET has the proper support to see a release on Xbox 360 and PS3 sometime in this fall.


Paul Hunter said...

In my opinion this is certainly good news for Bethesda, A2M and the prospect of WET. I had the opportunity to view an exclusive preview of the game at last year's MIGS and I came away quite impressed with the mix of gunplay and acrobatics, as well as the nice environmental effects. I really think this game has great potential.

Clinton said...

I'm going to unofficially declare 2009 the year of the 3rd-person action game. We've got WET, which is already looking stellar, plus a large batch of titles in the same vein. Dante's Inferno, Bayonetta, Ghostbusters, Max Payne 3 and Prototype are a few that spring to mind. And of course there's Bionic Commando and X-Men Origins: Wolverine coming out in May and the already released Ninja Blade.

This is one of my all-time favourite genres, so you can imagine how giddy I am about this year's game line-up.

Paul Hunter said...

Yeah I agree that there is a large volume of 3rd-person action games in the pipeline. I would also add BrĂ¼tal Legend to the list as that game seems to have a lot of momentum behind it. Regarding Max Payne 3, it's interesting to note that it's being developed right here in Canada by Rockstar Vancouver. That's one game I can potentially see slipping into 2010.

Clinton said...

Oh yeah, and Batman Arkham Asylum, Assassin`s Creed 2, possibly Splinter Cell: Conviction... see what I mean. Third-person mayhem this year!

Paul Hunter said...

Don't forget the recently announced at GDC '09 Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time. The latest game in the Ratchet series is expected to drop this fall. Tools of Destruction was simply gorgeous to look at so I can't wait for a second next gen outing.

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