Emergent Game Technologies goes bottoms-up

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Brother None, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    Per this Game Business Review report, the company holding the rights to the Gamebryo engine, Emergent Game Technologies, has folded and is selling its assets. If anyone was seriously thinking Bethesda would continue using this engine for their next title, it's really time to stick a fork in it. id Tech 5 here we come!
     
  2. Korin

    Korin So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Aug 6, 2010
    They already have a game in the works, so probably the next couple games can expect to still be using the final Bethesda version of Gamebryo or Gamebryo Lightspeed. I doubt they would use the ID tech from Rage, Todd Howard's commented on this before. Unless ID modifies the engine for TES type games :shrug:
     
  3. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    And today marks the day korindabar's theory died. Sad day.

    I saw the Rage G4 presentations. Supposedly the areas are modeled then hand painted. Ehhh, hopefully they have more powerful tools for modularity. Mixed feelings - not enough information at this point. Fallout 4 without a GECK replacement/revision would kinda suck.

    EDIT:
    Ninja'd by korinda
     
  4. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    I've heard from a developer that id Tech 5 is good for linear shooters, but doesn't work very well with open-world games. And what if ZeniMax buys EGT?
     
  5. Korin

    Korin So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs
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    Aug 6, 2010
    Ha!

    And there is also the modularity to consider. I wonder what considerations will be made for a GECK type tool. New Vegas back to Morrowind had kits for the mod community, there's somewhat of an expectation now.
     
  6. frosty_theaussie

    frosty_theaussie Still Mildly Glowing

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    Nov 22, 2003
    My exact thoughts. I think there's an enormous chance of it happening.
     
  7. UncannyGarlic

    UncannyGarlic Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 6, 2008
    Another agreement here. It would increase licensing opportunities in addition to giving Bethesda what they like.
     
  8. CrzyFooL

    CrzyFooL First time out of the vault

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    Oct 18, 2010
    wooooo id tech 5. Gonna miss the easily moddable GameBryo but that's about all I'll miss about it.
     
  9. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    ZeniMax has been buying a lot of stuff lately, so them buying Gamebryo wouldn't surprise me whatsoever.
     
  10. Makagulfazel

    Makagulfazel Adept Bungler of Things Orderite

    Jun 14, 2007
    Zenimax has adopted the Obama administration's economic policies:
     
  11. DemonNick

    DemonNick It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Feb 17, 2010
    Why would EGT collapsing have anything to do with whether or not Bethesda continues to use Gamebryo? It's not as if the engine miraculously disappears when the company it's licensed from closes its doors. All it'll mean is that someone else will be collecting the licensing fees.
     
  12. sampson70

    sampson70 Still Mildly Glowing

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    Dec 1, 2009
    And what if ZeniMax buys EGT?[/quote]Maybe not...I'm sure Zenimax knew about there finances before this report.
     
  13. Ausir

    Ausir Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Apr 20, 2003
    They could buy the engine and the development division (pretty much the former Numerical Design Limited), though. Not necessarily the whole company.
     
  14. Elven6

    Elven6 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Oct 23, 2010
    I for one didn't see this coming, but I haven't been as up to date about the situation. If Bethesda is still able to customize the engine code to their needs I don't see why they would stop using it.

    If someone buys the assets for Gamebyro, future use by current licensor's really depends on the contracts and how they are handled.

    Just about any engine can be adapted but your mileage will vary. A good example is Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe and UE 3, the engine wasn't made to support anything close to a fighting game of that type but they made it happen, at 60 frames to boot.
     
  15. sampson70

    sampson70 Still Mildly Glowing

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    Dec 1, 2009
    Maybe thats why the in game engine looks so stiff....
     
  16. Gaddes

    Gaddes Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    May 18, 2010
    I can see this happening.
     
  17. babadook

    babadook Testament to the ghoul lifespan
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    Apr 2, 2005
    Maybe... Interplay buys it first! :shock:
     
  18. MrBumble

    MrBumble Vault Fossil

    Jan 17, 2006
    Hope it gets bought by Interplay first...

    Just for the lolz.
     
  19. SharkClub

    SharkClub Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 6, 2008
    Would be a hilarious situation.
     
  20. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    No, it means that unless someone is taking over or the company is bailed out somehow (it doesn't seem like they're at that stage, though, if ZeniMax was going to buy it wholesale they would've done so earlier), support for the engine will be discontinued, which means the cost for developers to continue to use the engine will rise astronomically.

    There's only so much updating you can do regardless. The idea of Bethesda still using the same basic engine for its next title is ludicrous.