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Old 03-12-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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Big Robot Announces Game about British Hunting Robots

Big Robot, the game developer founded by Jim Rossignol of Rock, Paper, Shotgun fame, has announced their newest project, Sir, You Are Being Hunted, a game about British robots hunting humans across a procedurally generated British countryside.

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Yes, Big Robot is going to make a game featuring robots. It’s called Sir, You Are Being Hunted, and it taps into a rich seam of tweed-loving British science fiction to conjure a sinister reality where artificial gentlemen hunt humans for sport.

From a development point of view, Hunted is a stepping stone to what we want to do with our procedural-world generation project, Lodestone. The world-building tech for Lodestone is well developed, but actually we wanted to do so much with it that breaking down some of the tasks into entire spin-off games made sense. Hunted, therefore, is an experiment in the kind of intelligence required for robots to hunt each other – and you – in a dynamic open world.

Hunted is set in a recognisably British landscape. Its inhabitants are a mockery of the aristocratic country gent and his ecosystem. Robots that ape tea-drinking, poachers that lurk in reed-beds, and red-eyed hounds that patrol the moor: these are the things you will be dealing with as you fight for survival. The game gathers up elements of my favourite things: exploration, AI interaction, survival, robots, hot drinks, and blends them into a rich pixelly pulp. (A “British indie S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” might have been something we said in the design meetings…)
You can click through to the article on Big Robot's site here for some early screenshots and concept art.

I for one am already sold. This scratches all the right itches for me from the sounds of it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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Sounds like a fun idea. I think there's a lot of potential for hunter/hunted games, much of which hasn't been explored yet.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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Ah yes...Robots suffering from ennui and engaging in The Most Dangerous Game.

MAN.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:17 AM   #4
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:18 AM   #5
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #6
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Do the robots wear tophats?

Edit: After visiting the site I have the utmost confidence the developers have the subject well in hand.
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Old 03-12-2012, 01:19 PM   #7
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You had me at procedurally generated British countryside
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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So...by Britain we're actually talking about south-east England then as per usual. Good to know.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:40 PM   #9
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This looks very cool!

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Sounds like a fun idea. I think there's a lot of potential for hunter/hunted games, much of which hasn't been explored yet.
Have you played The Hunter? The basic game is free, and it's quite impressive. I'm not really a fan of hunting/shooting animals, but I've enjoyed just walking around, exploring, and watching/tracking the animals.
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Looks interesting. I'll check it out sometime.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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You should. I downloaded it last year and got a lot of enjoyment out of it, and it's been updated significantly since then. It's very peaceful and relaxing, actually.

Well up until you shoot something at least.
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:56 PM   #13
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So...by Britain we're actually talking about south-east England then as per usual. Good to know.
Excuse me? There's nothing outside the South East of England besides wasteland and scousers.
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He's talking about the way your name is displayed in the article heading on the front page.
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What Mags said.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:32 PM   #17
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Excuse me? There's nothing outside the South East of England besides wasteland and scousers.
Well, at least we have running water. I hear rural England is feeling a bit thirsty these days.....
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I hope they'll use VA's from the UK..

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So...by Britain we're actually talking about south-east England then as per usual. Good to know.
Why are you complaining? You can shoot the Aristocracy
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By procedurally generated does that mean that the hoomans will develop more elaborate ambushes and traps as you stalk then?
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