GDC comes a way down in the pecking order of games conferences in terms of new games and announcements. Usually developers chose either of the three big hitters, E3, Gamescom or the Tokyo Games Show to share their plans with the gaming world. Occasionally though a little snippet of information is released into the wild, and today it is the turn of Guerilla Games to play park ranger.
The Killzone franchise is one of the biggest on PlayStation, and usually lurks behind Uncharted, God of War and Gran Turismo as one of the primary reasons gamers may chose to plop down their money for the Sony console ahead of its rivals. The last two games in the series have been released to both critical and commercial acclaim, with the first game on PS2 and the PSP spin-off also doing pretty well.
According to art director Jan-Bart van Beek, Guerilla games is currently working on three separate games. The first is of course Killzone Vita, which is being created by the ex Sony Cambridge Studios who are now under the Guerilla umbrella. The second is ‘continuing the Killzone franchise on PS3’ whether that be in terms of further DLC or the as yet unannounced Killzone 4.
The last of the three titles is by far the most interesting however, a brand new IP for the studio. Although this wasn’t detailed, Van Beek did talk about the process they went through to decide on which game to focus on. Various ideas were shared by the team during the creative process, with everything from Werewolves to a Steampunk Sherlock Holmes being put forward. Although the Holmes idea was adapted to a future 70’s style cyberpunk game called Dark Science which sounds fantastic, eventually that was dropped in favour of the unannounced title, which may or may not be a Ghost in the Shell license. Interesting. As with most news this time of year, expect to hear more at E3.