with Red Storm's Prince Arrington
Associate Producer on Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter -
other press members of XCN (Xbox Community Network), we have been able to ask
some questions to Prince Arrington, associate producer at Red Storm, about Ghost
Recon Advanced Warfighter on Xbox 360, and particularly on the downloadable content
called "chapter 2" available since 22nd June 2006 on the Marketplace.
Gazette : Which studio of Ubisoft is developing this chapter 2
for GRAW ? And how many people are working on it ?
Prince Arrington :
Red Storm Entertainment is developing all of the content for this DLC package
and there are approximately 40-50 people involved in the production process.
Gazette : This new content seems to add a lot of new things for the multiplayer
modes; but will you add some more solo oriented goodies in a hypothetical
chapter 3 ?
Prince Arrington : Unfortunately, I cant comment
Xbox Gazette : Will you
provide a patch too for the little problems encountered in the original GRAW ?
Prince Arrington : I cant comment on that at this time, but I can
say that we are actively looking at all of the known issues.
Gazette : Will there be some new maps in this downloadable content, or only
some modified ones ?
Prince Arrington : There are 4 brand new maps
and 8 modified maps. Based on how differently the modified maps play from the
originals, I consider them all new maps.
XCN : What do you think about Xbox Live and the opportunity
to share new content via Xbox Live ?
Prince Arrington : Ive always
loved this idea. The great thing about Xbox Live is that it allows you to eliminate
the feeling that gamers feel once theyre done playing a game. Once everything
is beaten and unlocked, then what? Being able to offer new content via Xbox Live
allows us as developers to offer people who bought the game a little more than
your normal game experience. It is also a great way for us to say thank
XCN : Why is it not possible to configurate the controller
Prince Arrington : In the Ghost Recon franchise on the Xbox,
weve never given the option to configure every button on the controller.
Weve always offered 3 or 4 different controller configurations for players
to choose from. The controller layouts are carefully and painstakingly designed
to offer the most ergonomic and practical control scheme for the game. Perhaps
in the future, this will be something that will get added.
: Will bugfixes for the Main-Game come with the Add-on ?
: Since bug fixes require data changes, they will need to be fixed in a title
update. The DLC is designed to add more content to the existing game, not to actually
XCN : There has previously
been rumours that Ubisoft were planning an add-on pack for GRAW, is there any
truth in this ? Are you able to tell us when its planned to release ?
Prince Arrington : I wish I could confirm or deny any rumors floating around
but I cant.
: Oh and before I forget has this game been developed by two different teams
for online and offline modes and if so is the online team the people who did all
the other ghost recon games ?
Prince Arrington : Yes. Single player
and multiplayer were developed in different studios.
And yes, the team at Red
Storm (responsible for all of the other Ghost Recon Xbox/PC titles) was in charge
of the multiplayer development on Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Xbox 360).
: What is the best new map you are proud of in the pack ?
: Its really hard to pick out one map that stands out as the best. Theyre
ALL exceptional and they all have their different strengths. The great thing about
this pack is that depending on how you like to play the game, there is going to
be a map that perfectly matches your style.
: What are the new challenges that these new maps will provide ?
Arrington : I think the new challenges will be learning how to play the relights
differently than the originals. When the time of day changes, the strategies are
going to have to change in order for people to be successful.
Gazette : Thanks a lot for your time and your answers !
The downloadable content "chapter 2"
for Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is available on the Marketplace since June
22nd 2006. It weights 725 Mo, and costs 1200 Microsoft points (14.40 € or
Related links :
Recon AW videos
review (in french)
Recon official site
chap. 2 details
- Other Xbox
Gazette, June 29th 2006
Thanks to : Prince Arrington,
Entertainment, Crissie Ricotta, XCN, Ubisoft