|Interview with Dan "Ebola" Wentz - 08/19/97|
|Here is a little "interview" I
made with Dan "Ebola" Wentz from Parallax Software (now Volition Inc.), the
maker of great levels like the Stadium Series, Abyss, DarkSide and of course the genious
"VamPyro" (made in cooperation with Ron Dunlop). In the commercial products of
Descent he made some of the levels and the (MIDI) musics. The subjects of this little
interview includes FreeSpace, the upcoming game by Volition Inc., a VamPyro sequel and
MIDI music making.
I do have a few new areas made, but I'm in no hurry to get as involved as we did this past summer. Time is getting tight now for both of us. I will not do one with out Rob, it just wouldn't be the same.
I play sections of all parts live thru a (very responsive) Roland PC-200mkII midi board, then manipulate the raw takes. My hardware is never ending, I sort of have a collection going :)
Between 3 computer's I actively use the following sound
Yeah, you could say I love my job :)
BTW, I just read the spec's on that Terratec card, very nice.
Now it wouldn't really be a Parallax game (ok Volition Inc. :) ) if we didn't support multiplayer would it. 16 players, with various game modes all with the option to allow players to join / quit on-the-fly. Some of the game modes will be much more involved Descent, although we will still want to have classic "bar brawl" modes, like Descent's Anarchy. Bottom line, anyway you chose to play it, Freespace will have a lot more depth, with a very involved story unfolding.
Music will all be compressed digital audio, No direct midi support is the plan, as everyone will benefit the same fidelity with digital audio.
D3D support is already being checked in.
There will be a editor included with Freespace, currently titled, "Fred" (Freespace Editor) With it you'll be able to build your own missions. It's not exactly straight forward, but extremely powerful so many samples will be provided as well as extensive online help.
Parallax has had two different offices for more than 3 years now. After Descent2 was finished, Both owners agreed to work on separate games, each assuming a new company name.
Volition Inc. (Pres. Mike Kulas) is the former Parallax of Champaign, and will be releasing Freespace early next year. We've also started work on a new multiplayer racing game, and have the option to follow up our tradition with Descent 4.
Outrage Entertainment (Pres. Matt Toschlog) is the former Parallax of Ann Arbor, and is currently doing Descent 3. I have no idea what else they have planned.
In both cases Interplay is still our Game Publisher. And all px employees are still with us.
Interviewed by Heiko Herrmann
taken from several emails between Dan Wentz and HH
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