QUESTION: Your new game that you have been in development for. What year does it takes place in(2098,3026 or does it not have a set date). † -Jim

ANSWER: No details about the game have been released other than what can be found on the website.† Your question has not been publicly addressed yet.

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QUESTION: are you creating star trek elite force 3? -Jacob

ANSWER: At this time, we are prohibited from talking about who we are working with or working on either through affirmation or processes of elimination. If you want word on Star Trek: Elite Force, you need to contact Activision.

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Wow! "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"


QUESTION: Can you guys inform me if your project will support gamespy as a booth for online gameplay? Please dont tell me that the answer has to come from the publisher because the question doesnt reveal or expose anything what youre working on. Thanks, James

ANSWER: I cannot release any details about the project which is not already revealed on the website. Such middleware licensing relationships are amno for the marketing and PR folks. You will have to wait for the publisher announcements of such details. From my experiences, I tend to see publishers rollout out such tidbits of information month by month to build awareness and anticipation of a game prior to release. I canít blow a hole in the publisherís marketing plans by telling you now.

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QUESTION: Have your team considered opening a message board/forum for your website and possibly redesigning the site? It seems like it would help the unnounced project in the future by having an active community online when it is revealed as I have seen multiple studios do this with great success. Looking forward to seeing your future project, thanks in advance! -Evan

ANSWER: Yes, we are consider a revamp of the website. Any message board or forum will likely be hosted by the publisher since it is their product. We will simply link to it as we have done on our previous games. Once the publisher announces the project and opens up the boards we will provide links to them.

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QUESTION: Are you guys going to announce something at Tokyo Game Show? - bryan

ANSWER: Spark hasn't "been" at a show to announce a project. Itís the publisher that is at the show and does the announcing. You can check to see if your favorite publisher will be at the show in question and guess at what they might be announcing or showing.

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QUESTION: What does it mean to have a game in prototype devlopement? - Joey

ANSWER: The publisher will have a developer or development team make a prototype level or vertical slice of the game before green-lighting the game for full development. So, the publishers spends a fraction of the total budget to see what the game could be like before committing a large amount of money to complete the game. We have past the prototype phase and in full production of the unannounced title.

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QUESTION: are you able to inform us who the publisher is of the unanounced project? - Jacob

ANSWER: To disclose the publisher would be tantamount to revealing the game. Since the publisher (who controls all sales and marketing information) wants to manage "the reveal", they will also remain "unannounced" at this time.

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QUESTION: Hi, I would like to know if the unannounced project youve been working on does include gameplay elements like battlefield. Nevertheless, i admire what you guys are working on and in my hopes you will make an outstanding job :). Regards, -James

ANSWER: I can only provide information that is publicly available. From the Senior Combat Designer job description on our website:

"Spark is looking for a senior multiplayer designer for a 3rd Person Action/Adventure title in a high-profile science fiction franchise currently green-lit for full production development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC markets. The Senior Combat Designer will be responsible for collaborating on developing game design systems, AI behaviors, player mechanics, and game balancing, tuning and timing for a third-person action shooter on current-gen consoles."

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Predator: The Musical


QUESTION: Hi, I would like to ask if the game your developing is the long waited Star Wars: Battlefront 3 or if it has anything to do with Lucasarts. I heard from other people that you just said that they had to take that with Lucasarts but, it is next to impossible to contact Lucasarts. No matter what game you guys are doing, it is in my beliefs that you will make a great job :) -Jakob

ANSWER: We are the solely the developer of games. The publisher controls said properties. All announcements, information and/or materials must come from or coordinated through the publisher. If you want word on Battlefront, you need to contact LucasArts.

At this time, we are prohibited from talking about who we are working with or working on either through affirmation or processes of elimination. So, I can neither confirm nor deny what we are working on or whom we are working with.

John
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QUESTION: Would you be able to disclose the game genre of the unannounced project? -Benny

ANSWER: The closest to a disclosure is the information on our website and within the job descriptions. For example, this description is from the Senior Combat Designer:

"Spark is looking for a senior multiplayer designer for a 3rd Person Action/Adventure title in a high-profile science fiction franchise currently green-lit for full production development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC markets. The Senior Combat Designer will be responsible for collaborating on developing game design systems, AI behaviors, player mechanics, and game balancing, tuning and timing for a third-person action shooter on current-gen consoles."

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QUESTION: why did u have that comic con countdown at the bottom of your site before? its not like you guys announced anything new -Shawn

ANSWER: Comic-Con is always been a strong show for our staff to go to. We like to share our interests with our gaming fans and this was one small way to find common ground. Many of the ideas and characters for games begin in comics and/or anime. Comic-Con, San Diego, has been a very fruitful hunting grounds for ideas. So, the countdown was a way to keep our eye on the ball and remember what it is all about: great characters and great fun lead to great games.

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QUESTION: I am curious whether you are intending on including orchestral musical scores in your unannounced game project? -Peter

ANSWER: We have used orchestral musical scores by award winner Michael Giacchino, link to wikipedia, in our past efforts. We plan to continue to bring world class scores in our future projects.

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QUESTION: Back in January I remember the description for your unannounced project detailing that the unveiling of your new project would be months away. Now that it's been a while, is this no longer the case? Because I would think you'd give details about it this year then if that's the case. In any case though, would it be safe to say that your publisher (I realized it said for a major publishing partner), is already busy with another game perhaps that we need to wait for? Thanks, -Jake

ANSWER: The reveal date is solely at the publishers discretion. It is subject to change and has changed. It is "months away" until it isnít.

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QUESTION: are u the only developer who is using the unreal 3 engine? - Geshan

ANSWER: No, there are many developers using UE3. And there are many projects that have shipped with it. Take a look at this wikipedia page for a long list of titles and developers using the Unreal Engine tech: link to wikipedia

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