Justin Lee On September 3, 2007 at 2:23 pm

Metropolis Software has announced they are behind the development of the upcoming FPS THEY on yet to be announced Next-Gen Consoles and the PC. They also released some new screenshots from the Games Convention (GC) so be sure to check those out. If you are confused as we are why the developers were hiding this whole time be sure to read the FAQ.

1) THEY sounds like a movie title or the title of a book. Aren’t you afraid of gamers’ reaction?
Why should we be afraid of reactions? It is quite usual that the community discusses nearly every title, some will like it and some will not. But our vision of a game is something mysterious, where such a title fits inperfectly. Everybody wants to know what THEY are, what THEY do, where THEY come from – but all about them will be quite unclear in the beginning. So this will be pure fun for each player, like watching a mystery series such as Lost or Heroes. He might know what happens next, but he cannot be sure – and this is what we want to transport in THEY to each gamer!

2) You are neither developer nor publisher – what is your joint venture?
The joint venture of IMC and Metropolis is something completely new and revolutionary for the interactive entertainment industry. So far developers produced their games up to some special point, where publishers switched in and bought the games. From this moment on in most cases the products are developed following guidelines of publishers. With IMC as an experienced service provider and Metropolis as a successful developer with a big track record two companies decided to work together, to produce a game right from the scratch in order to meet gamers’ demands and expectation.

3) You announced a unique weapon feature, where you are able to upgrade a flexible weapon to your individual needs. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
Without naming so many things of the weapon yet, you might think of a soldier in every war. He only wears some few weapons – mostly knife, gun and maybe pistol. Common FPS games are really unrealistic in that point of view, that a soldier is really able to wear 10 more or less heavy guns at the same time (or he must be HULK to carry them all). In THEY you will have this one weapon, where you identify yourself with, which you can customize and enhance it based on YOUR needs and preferences! You will be able to store setups, so you have the expected control system with keys 1-0 to have access to different types of weapon setups – but it still will be YOUR buddy, YOUR best friend, YOUR WEAPON. The appearance will change dramatically, but you are still able to identify yourself with the weapon. So what we will bring to the genre is some more realistic and believable approach in sort of weapon handling. The fear of players, to have only one gun can be easily refuted, as you have hundreds of combinations which you can store and customize at your own discretion – to create YOUR perfect weapon setup, store it to the expected keys 1-0 and have access to them at all time! So each player will have the weapons of HIS choice, a large variation to be used based on needed functions (gameplay relevant decision!) and need not to get along with standard weapons – this is something unique and new to the genre and will grant more freedom for each player! On the other hand, if someone WANTS’ his standard "pumpgun/rifle/Ak47" feeling, he is able to create that…but when he will figure out the fun and possibilities from our new weapon system he will get used to it soon.

4) What kind of world is THEY set in, and does it have anything in common with our world? Are there any parallels between the events of THEY and events in our time?
Yes there will be parallels or even possible results based on current happenings, if you think of terrorism for example. The locations of the game will be very familiar to all players, as we are looking forward to let the main plot happen in well-known cities. Overall the world of THEY is not in a complete fictional future, as it is in a very close future (around 2012) – so things will not change so soon so dramatically. You will see known landmarks, buildings, streets, names etc. as it might be in the present – only here and there are elements, which will indicate a technical enhanced future.

5) Why have you decided to develop your own engine?
The answer is simple – money, time and quality! Common engines are expensive to license or do not fit the requirements we need for our vision of a game. Additional to that a development team with a licensed engine needs several weeks/months to get experienced with the abilities of an engine, where nobody has been involved into the development. This will cause a later release date and financial costs. But if you have already built an engine on your own and are able to enhance it based on latest technology issues and market demands, you will be very flexible and creative in your games production as you are not bound and free to decide the technical areas you need the most for your desired gaming experience …

6) Does the world need another science fiction first person shooter?
This is a question, where nearly every player would answer in a different way, as it is a matter of taste – the same with WWII Shooters. But as THEY is not only a Sci-Fi shooter, it’s a nexgen mystery FPS, so THEY will be different from a "just another Sci-Fi shooter" image. If you like to compare, it is best to think about the scripting and atmosphere of FEAR, where Monolith did a great job, transferred into another story and moved away from horror to mystery. Of course Sci-Fi (and WWII) scenarios are very common, but on the other hand these are successful! Why should any team invent the wheel in a new way, if the current one is still up and running?

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