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  Wednesday, May 23, 2001 Report News | Archive | Top  
Majestic Preview
- Posted 7:47 AM By Kagato
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JCal over at Voodoo Extreme has written up a preview of Electronic Arts upcoming game titled Majestic. This game definately sounds to be quite a unique playing experience, here's a snippet:
You might have heard that Majestic uses your phone, Instant Messenger, fax, email client and web browser to have you participate in the game. However, its one thing to read about such plans and quite another to see them in action. At last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, EA reps gave a demo of Majestic behind closed doors that gave me the chance to see for the first time how this game will actually work. The demo showed off using Real Player that shows a character speaking to you as the player. The character tells you to check out a web site on the net for more info on the conspiracy. You do so and you come to the official Majestic web site.
Read the whole review below, or view it at Voodoo Extreme which also has some screenshots from the game.
Source: Voodoo Extreme
 
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In many ways, Electronic Arts is taking some risks with its upcoming online game Majestic. It’s the simplest game in EA.com’s online game line up: there is no need for super-powerful processors or high-speed modems or even 3D accelerated graphics. It will not be sold in stores; it will only be available for download via the Internet. The game’s premise is risky as well. Instead of playing a character, YOU are the character who is trying to piece together a huge X-Files style conspiracy.

You might have heard that Majestic uses your phone, Instant Messenger, fax, email client and web browser to have you participate in the game. However, its one thing to read about such plans and quite another to see them in action. At last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, EA reps gave a demo of Majestic behind closed doors that gave me the chance to see for the first time how this game will actually work. The demo showed off using Real Player that shows a character speaking to you as the player. The character tells you to check out a web site on the net for more info on the conspiracy. You do so and you come to the official Majestic web site.

Later you receive a message through your AOL Instant Messenger from another character who is giving you even more info about the conspiracy. (In reality it’s an AI character who is trying its best to pass the Turing Test). Then you receive a fax from another character with even more information on the plot.

Finally, the demo has one of the characters call the player. The female on the other end is clearly distraught about what is happening in her life but before she can tell you more you hear her scream as several people seem to be breaking into her house and cutting her off. If you can imagine that call happening at home during an unexpected moment during an actual game session, then you get the idea on what the creators of Majestic want to do with their concept.

Of course, signing up for this game has lead to some privacy concerns, especially since the game uses things like your phone and fax number and email client to deliver parts of the adventure game. The EA reps, however, assured me that such concerns are unfounded and that the company will keep all that information confidential.

The game was originally delayed from its initial release date in early spring, but the EA reps at E3 stated that the game is getting close to eliminating the bugs and that they project a late June-early July release for the first free “pilot” episode for Majestic. (Even though the pilot episode is free, a credit card number is required due to the game’s Mature rating from the ESRB.) After the pilot episode (which a player should take 3-7 days to complete) the first of several full-length episodes will begin which should take about two weeks to complete.

So is Majestic the future of online entertainment and gaming? That remains to be seen but EA is certainly hoping there is a mass audience for this kind of game. This summer, we should find out if they are right.

 
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