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    Working on Star Wars Battlefront II

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    1 mechanic, 1 prototype (Unreal 4)

    You may have the best idea on paper, but software will show you if it is fun or not. So I started a simple challenge a while ago: write one idea of a small game mechanic every day and prototype it. The goal was to push me to learn blueprint in Unreal 4, but this […]

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    How I ended up on stage at the EADC to talk about rapid prototyping

    Back in April 2014, I went to the EA Developper Conferences in Redwood shores and did a talk about how rapid prototpying using my horrible romantic french accent. The thing is that it mostly happened by accident! A few weeks before going there, we received an email asking if we wanted to share quickly an idea or opinion for […]

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    Be creative to test your ideas

    Being creative is about being wrong: how many times you had a great idea and it didn’t work out? This is just part of the creative process – a big mess that you just need to embrace. The problem is that is is tiring and expensive. Designers shouldn’t just throw ideas – everyone can do […]

Need For Speed Most Wanted : Metareview

Need For Speed Most Wanted is available on Xbox360, PS3, PC and PsVita. A WiiU version is coming and should be released in February/March. I worked mostly on multiplayer as a Designer.

So let’s see what the reviews say about it :

Gameinformer

Most Wanted has a hearty multiplayer spread, offering normal races and special challenges based around specific locations on the map (such as everyone getting a certain amount of air off a jump). Like other aspects of the game, the online mode blends freedom with structure. Cooperation and competition can be intertwined.

IGN UK

That incentive is bolstered by the game’s approach to multiplayer. You’ll be able to drive around a private version of the city with friends, smashing into each other with Ballardian glee, or run through ‘setlists’, which comprise of races as well as challenges – who can make the biggest jump or execute the longest drift, and so on. It’s a lot fun and, as with the main game, it’s all seamless and flowing. Events are linked by mini-races as players attempt to get to the starting point before the rest.

The Guardian

The multiplayer is great: setting up races against friends is a breeze, and it’s incredibly easy to jump into sets of races with and against strangers: the game shepherds you to meeting points and has you doing imaginative things like surpassing a collective distance-target for jumps off the roof of a building.

Official Xbox Magazine

Deftly generating unique solo, team, and coop challenges on the fly, Most Wanted’s online system keeps the racing lively and interesting. And much as they share the same terrain and speed-point pool, the online mode’s randomized tests offer potentially endless enjoyment

Joystiq

The feel of the cars, the physics and the eclectic mix of multiplayer modes are all undeniably Criterion qualities, the things old fans love and the properties that convert new fans with every studio release.

So it seems loads of reviews says that our multiplayer is great :D. Well, I’ll see you online for some takedowns then ;).

Happy New Year

Wow this year has been BIG for my career : 3 games shipped – I Am Alive, Kinect Rush and Most Wanted, I joined this incredible team at Criterion Games, promoted Most Wanted in France …

I’d like to thank all the Most Wanted fans for your kind messages : it makes all this hard work pay and push us to achieve bigger things in the future :).

2013 ? Big stuffs as well ! But first of all, I’ll try to share more my experience here : for example, I’d like to write something about my experience on promoting Most Wanted. I might also publish some emails that I receive about joining the industry.

Happy New Year, keep making/playing games :)

Most Wanted in Paris

Last week I was in Paris to promote Most Wanted and spread the word to media, retailers and fans. During the week, I had around 15 interviews with the press (radio, Tv, Online magazines, newspapers, blogs).

The first day, 55 cars with Most Wanted stickers were taking journalists for a 2 hours driving around Paris. The event was mostly for mainstream media and cars magazines, but also it attracted the attention of many people, taking pictures of the cars. Cars lovers really like all cars available from the start : some of them just want to play their favourite car or their own car! After a couple interviews, I was visiting Paris in a Porsche 911 Turbo : it was a nice day :).

The Paris Games Week is the biggest video games event in France : it’s a consumer show where all the games for Christmas are presented. As you can see, we had a very big booth where people could play the game on 16 consoles or watch live demos on the big screen. The first two days were mostly journalists : many of them were fans of Burnout Paradise or Hot Pursuit, some of them were not even into racing games until Most Wanted. Journalists really liked Autolog 2, saying it was brilliant and should be added to any game.

Then, the event was opened to everyone for 4 days. Loads of people were coming every day to play the game, waiting for hours to play the game. Some of them were actually coming every day ! Players really enjoy the cops, all cars available from the start and takedown players in multiplayer. One of my best memories is meeting one of Criterion biggest fan : he is a big fan of Paradise and Hot Pursuit, was coming to show just to play Most Wanted (played it on our booth, on the Sony booth, on the Xbox booth …) … and he is 7 years old !

Key comments from the media :
– “The arcade racing game of 2012” Jeux Video Magazine
– “Amazing fun” Gameblog
– “Multiplayer is not fairplay at all and will make you mad. And honestly, we love that.” Jeuxvideo.com
– “If you miss Most Wanted, you will miss one the best racing game of this generation.” PS3gen

And then we won best racing game of the show :D !

I really enjoy those days in Paris : it was great to see all this hard work paid off. I’d like to thank the French team that really did a great job to promote the game. Here is a few interviews (sorry man – it’s all in french !) :

If I look tired on this one, it’s normal : this was the last interview after a long day of technical issues and interviews :).

Terrains Virtuels

Clapmag

GentSide

Most Wanted Multiplayer

I am currently working on the multiplayer of Need for Speed Most Wanted and I can’t wait to see you guys playing it : no menus (I just want to play), no lobbies (I hate waiting) and non stop competition to become the most wanted.

Check the official website for more info about the game.

See you online in November to crash your car !

PS : if you’re in Paris in October, come on the showfloor of the Paris Games Week to play Most Wanted, I will see you there :).