In a move that shows serious dedication to both their community and the Backbreaker franchise, NaturalMotion Games have lifted the lid on Greathouse, the forthcoming update to their euphoria-powered football game, Backbreaker.
The community inspired update introduces brand new features, gameplay enhancements and tons of important tweaks (we do mean tons), resulting in a greatly enriched Backbreaker experience that looks to offer far more than typical console game patches.
“We are lucky to have such a passionate community who have supported us throughout the development of Backbreaker and continue to do so post-launch,” said Todd Gibbs, Head of Game Development, NaturalMotion Games. “Greathouse will give them what they have asked for, packed as it is with additions, changes, tweaks and requests taken directly from our online forums, reviews, as well as from individual players who spent time at our offices testing the latest features. I am extremely proud of what the team has managed to achieve in just a month.”
It's worth noting that Todd Gibbs has been instrumental in connecting with the Backbreaker community, often responding personally to most user's questions and feedback. Early buzz indicates that current fans are elated over this announcement.
The major features in Greathouse include:
• Brand new replay system with the addition of seven fully functional cameras, including free flight mode and a cinematic ‘ball-lock’ option.
• More than 100 new plays added (59 for offense, 51 for defense), including an additional nine formations. NaturalMotion has uploaded every new play to their Flickr account, with diagrams straight from the game.
• Improved Quarterback camera view and passing game.
• A user-catch system, giving the player a much greater level of control over the on-field action.
• Interception control, the user is now given full control over interception attempts when controlling a defensive player.
• Comprehensive review of the penalty rulings following an analysis of reported errors.
“We were stunned by the sheer volume of user videos that were posted on YouTube following the release of Backbreaker,” said Ant Lewis, Lead Designer, NaturalMotion Games. “It is obvious that the community loves the realism and live nature of the game and wants to share their unique moments. The new suite of cameras introduced with Greathouse will give them complete creative control over their footage and we are excited to see what appears as a result.”
The Greathouse update is currently progressing through final tuning and is scheduled for release in early August. To get an idea of just how massive the update is, check out this forum thread.