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Interview: Tron 2.0: Killer App

Climax LA speaks about the Xbox version of the movie-inspired action title

TRON 2.0: Killer App on Xbox is the console version of Tron 2.0, the shooter that appeared on PC courtesy of developer Monolith. Inspired by Disney's revolutionary 1982 movie Tron, the game sees players digitised into the world of a war-ravaged computer system on the verge of collapse from a seemingly unstoppable army of corrupt programs led by the evil 'user' Thorne.

The title will also come with a hefty multiplayer offering, delivering Xbox Live combat and allowing up to - most likely - 16 players to battle in various game modes.

We recently caught up with Climax LA's Kevin Hendrickson, game director on Tron 2.0 Killer App, to find out a little more about the game.

How long has an Xbox version been planned for Tron 2.0 Killer App?

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Hendrickson: The Xbox version of Tron 2.0 Killer App had been talked about for quite some time and during its progression toward reality, the pieces nicely fell into place with the staff at Buena Vista and Climax Group. The computer world of Tron came to life as a natural fit by bringing it to the Xbox.

What new features will we see that we didn't see on the PC version of the game?

Hendrickson: The most significant difference from the PC to the Xbox game is in the multiplayer content. We have added many new game modes, maps, characters, weapons and light cycles to give players a full multiplayer experience. In the multiplayer modes, we added team and class based modes as well as vehicle combat in the form of light cycles. Consumers are going to be happily surprised with the amount of content and replay-ability that this game has to offer from the large story driven single-player game to the multiplayer and Xbox Live offering

Does Killer App support Xbox Live? If so, how many players does it support?

Hendrickson: Killer App supports both Xbox Live and System Link. We also support Friends, Score Boards, Downloadable Content, Voice and Communicator Headsets. The maximum number of players on Live will still to be announced, but it will defiantly take full advantage of our large maps designed for light cycle and FPS combat.

Do you have special modes of play for multiplayer games? What are they?

Hendrickson: Two of our favourite game modes are Data Capture and OverRIDE. Data Capture is our class based team objective game mode. Players are able to select from various classes and their respective capabilities, while working together as a team to capture and hold objective points around the maps. We felt strong about bringing a team-based class system to Tron as it rounded off the various game modes and brought a more strategic and tactical gameplay to our multiplayer.

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OverRIDE combines FPS action and allows players to transform at anytime into light cycles. This is a unique mode because we allow players to literally have access to a vehicle at anytime and use it as fast as a weapon. The mixture of FPS and light cycles created the need for larger maps that supports both types of gameplay. The maps were designed with large grids, light bridges, overpasses, and structures to encourage a variety of gameplay tactics that encourage the balance of players switching into and out of light cycles on the fly. Overall, the instantaneous cycle switching mechanic proved to be a great design idea that really works well in the context of the Tron universe.

What other games did you look to for inspiration when creating Killer App?

Hendrickson: The team is no stranger to FPS games. Most of us have had first-hand development experience with first-person shooters in the past and all of us play shooters in our spare time. Researching for Killer App was not a problem. Subsequently, we have our favourites and wanted to make sure the Killer App offered a variety of team and non team game modes along with Tron-specific game modes - something that would stand out from the rest of the shooter and we believe that we have done exactly that with OverRIDE.

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