Fallout and The Outer Worlds co-creator Tim Cain has began a YouTube channel masking tales from all through his over 30-year profession within the video games business. One of the vital shocking tidbits he is shared within the week since coming on-line is that the corporate he co-founded with fellow ex-Interaction Fallout luminaries, Troika, nearly made a Lord of the Rings RPG (opens in new tab).
Cain nonetheless has footage of the demo he mocked up again in 2000. It is on the Arcanum engine, and even boots up with that sport’s major menu and shares lots of its UI parts. Apparently, it has this actually beautiful pre-rendered background artwork like Baldur’s Gate as an alternative of the admittedly drab (however nonetheless charming) Fallout-style modular tiles of Arcanum. If I did not know higher, I might have guessed this was a prototype of Troika’s later Temple of Elemental Evil (probably the most D&D of all D&D video games (opens in new tab)).
To listen to Cain inform it, Troika was contracted to make the demo by now-defunct writer Sierra after it acquired the rights to the LotR books (however not the flicks! A really familiar-sounding state of affairs (opens in new tab)). “Sierra preferred what they noticed,” Cain stated within the video, “then determined to drag all the event internally. So we did not get to make the sport.” Sierra went bust in ’02, and the LotR CRPG went the best way of the Dodo or the Jess Mariano spinoff of Gilmore Women (opens in new tab).
Cain says the sport would have adopted a form of “shadow Fellowship” clearing the best way for Frodo and the gang, which to me sounds so much like EA Redwood’s PS2 Lord of the Rings JRPG, The Third Age (opens in new tab). Actually this one does not bum me out an excessive amount of to have misplaced on this timeline, although it does rule to gawk at a never-before-seen, prototype Troika RPG on Arcanum’s engine, or at the very least it does for a freak like me.
In one other video, Cain does get right into a sport from Earth 2 I actually do want I might have performed someway: Arcanum 2: Journey to the Centre of Arcanum (opens in new tab), which by no means bought previous the design doc part. As an apart: you’ll be able to peep a cheeky PC Gamer Editor’s Alternative medallion on the Arcanum huge field Cain holds up—it is definitely nonetheless this PC Gamer editor’s alternative. Although if Troika had tried making a Supply engine, first-person sequel to Arcanum, who is aware of in the event that they ever would have gotten round to growing one in all my all-time favourite video games: Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines (opens in new tab).
In one more video from this previous week, Cain reveals that the legendarily fraught growth of this primary individual vampire RPG was nearly much more formidable: Troika proposed a multiplayer mode Cain affectionately refers to as “Counter-Chew,” the place a workforce of vampires would sq. off in opposition to a workforce of Vampire Hunters to attempt to wake or stake a strong, sleeping, elder vampire. Activision (maybe very properly) judged Troika had an excessive amount of on its plate already, and outsourced Counter-Chew to a different studio earlier than axing VtMB’s multiplayer ingredient totally. Unexpectedly, battle royale VtM sport Bloodhunt (opens in new tab) appears a lot much less of an “on the market” thought to me.
It is solely been like, every week, and Cain’s already blown this RPG fan’s thoughts a number of instances over with these candid appears to be like into his video games’ growth—and I have not even began the video titled “The True Function of Vaults in Fallout (opens in new tab).” Cain says he is entered a semi-retirement now, nonetheless consulting on initiatives with Obsidian and different builders, and his Cain on Video games (opens in new tab) sequence is properly value watching—he is gotta do an episode on Troika’s Fallout-like put up apocalyptic RPG prototype (opens in new tab) ultimately, proper?
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