Eric Safar: Thanks to all for the warm welcome...and for the coffee! Let's start with some questions....
(Note: some answers will be in French as well as in English.)
Q: I would like to know if the game is a point and click interface. I am really looking forward to the game. I try not to ruin it by seeing demos and trailers, I want to start fresh. – maggie57
Absolutely. In each scene, you have to « caress » the screen with your
mouse pointer to see if something interactive. Point and Click on
characters, animals or direction.
Q: Is the game linear? – flutist
A: Not really. In fact at each moment of the game, you have a mission to do. It's possible to explore the place, to speak with a couple of characters. But you have to complete this mission. So the exploration is free but it will be not possible to access another very different place without success the actual mission.
Q: Is there a hint feature? Or does the game have some way of cluing you in on what to look for if you get stuck (for example, your character talking to himself about what he should be looking for, or what type of inventory object he might need). – Jenny100
C’est souvent à travers les dialogues que le joueur aura un indice. C’est
un ressort fondamental du jeu d’aventure.
Q: How many locations are there? – flutist
A: There are five main locations. You have the boat (with the limule), the village, the forest (in three parts), chel's volcano and the palate of the gods. But each main location is subdivided in several others. For example, in the God's palate, you could explore all the apartments, the garden and some other places.
I know that there is some homage to Plato’s account and related "Atlantean
A: A.E. is mildly inspired by Plato’s stories. The connection being that Atlantis has always been known as an underwater city. Aside from that, the rest of the game is all dreamed up by our team.
Q: How has living in isolation affected the Atlantean culture? Are the Atlanteans aware of the "outside" world? – Becky
Les Atlantes ont été reconditionnés un à un et ont perdu leur libre
arbitre. Ils n’entendent et ne vois que les informations que les dieux
veulent bien leurs donner. Ils ne connaissent donc aucunes vérités et sont
dociles comme des moutons.
Q: In addition to cutscenes, is there anything special about Atlantis Evolution that makes it more film-like than other games? -- Becky
L’ensemble du jeu est beaucoup plus vivant qu’avant. Nous avons essayé de
faire en sorte que les décors soient animés le plus souvent possible.
Parfois pour aider le joueur dans la quête d’indice mais souvent
uniquement pour le plaisirs d’avoir plus de vie.
It brings a fresh approach to the graphical style of the characters and environments. For instance, many of the environments are photorealistic with a lot of attention to detail. In contrast, the characters are rendered in a “cartoon-like” fashion reminiscent of “Disney/Pixar-like” characters. These two approaches marry well to create the impression that you’re playing a game that looks and feels like a 3D animated film.
Q: Are there any flashbacks to the old Atlantis? Not necessarily the Atlantis of the earlier Atlantis games, but the Atlantis of this series before it was destroyed. – Jenny100
A: At the end of the game, you will return on the Atlantis island and maybe the flying boat would be there!!! But there is no return to the old Atlantis Background.
Q: I'm interested in how deeply the Atlantian gods are explored in terms of culture and history. Does the game give a sense of their own world and where they came from? – honeycomb
A: 10500 years ago, when the Atlantians reigned as Masters on the external world, one of them created a computer prototype with the help of a human brain that he killed. This awful invention (although quite impressive) was a source of horror, and was hidden by the family of the inventor from generation to generation.
How many CD's in the game? -- Zanthia
There are 4 CDs full of wonderful graphics!!
Q: With so much emphasis on character development, and with such an interesting main character to look at, why didn't you choose a third person perspective for Atlantis Evolution? – Becky
Cette question est depuis longtemps posée. Et je pense que les joueurs eux
même ont fourni la réponse en achetant la série Atlantis proposer en
vision subjective. Je pense que beaucoup de joueurs aiment encore cette
immersion que permet le mode subjectif. Mais je reconnais aussi qu’un
certain nombre de joueurs aimeraient voir Atlantis basculer à la 3ième
personne. Ils devraient être satisfait prochainement.. ;-)
Q: Are there unlimited saves that you can name? – Zanthia
A: Yes there are. The name of the save is the date & hours. Also, there is a snapshot of the place for each saves.
Q: Is there an option to turn on subtitles? – Zanthia
A: Absolutely. There is an option to put on/off the subtitles.
Q: Just curious -- where did you get your inspiration for the design of the Lemuria? Was there a particular fascination for the tall ships of the early 20th Century? -- Becky
Des recherches historiques ont été effectuées sur les bateaux du début du
siècle et notamment ceux qui fonctionnaient encore en bi-propulsion (voile
et chaudière). Les designs du Lémuria sont directement issus de modèles
Q: Are the "gods" really aliens with advanced technology or something? If not, why is their technology so much more advanced than the rest of the world? – Jenny100
Les dieux ont évolués et ils ont maintenus le peuple Atlantes dans la
méconnaissance du monde et les ont asservis. Ils leurs ont appris à
craindre et à obéir docilement. Ils n’avaient donc que peu de chance
d’avoir accès à la science. Heureusement certains individus décident
d’échapper à l’asservissement.
They had only little chance to have access to science. Fortunately some of the Atlantians decide to escape from control.
Q: Why call it Atlantis Evolution and not Atlantis Revolution? Freeing the Atlanteans from oppressive gods sounds more like a "revolution." – Jenny100
Question intéressante. Le choix du terme Evolution a plutôt été choisi
d’un point de view Marketing plutôt que uniquement du point de view des
Atlantes oppressés des dieux. Mais effectivement, le terme Révolution
aurait pu être un choix judicieux mais à condition qu’il y ai bien eu une
révolution venant des Atlantes !!
The "Revolution" term would have been a judicious choice provided that there was a revolution coming from the Atlantians!!
Q: The Atlantis airships that were used in the previous Atlantis games make a reappearance in Atlantis Evolution, at least as an icon. And one of the graphics in the game includes a picture of Atlantis' destruction with these ships flying around. So even though Atlantis Evolution is a completely new series, you are making some connection to the past Atlantis games. Are there other ways in which you make a connection to the earlier games, or is the use of the airships an isolated occurrence? – Jenny100
A: This ship is probably the most emblematic symbol of the series!! I really love this flying boat. For me, it's a piece of a dream and a magnificent symbol of liberty.
Atlantis is before everything else a game about Dream.
The flying boat makes a reappearance in Atlantis Evolution, but not only as an icon!!! There is a surprise at the end of the game.
If I understand correctly you've set the date of this adventure in the
year 1904, why?
Jules Verne's book "The Master of World" was published then I think...any
connection to the story?
Q: Why did you decide to start a whole new Atlantis saga, rather than starting from where Beyond Atlantis 2 left off? – Becky
A: That's a great question. We wanted to start a new series. Let the player discover brand new worlds/universes. We thought that it was time for our hero to start a new adventure.
Q: Will there be a Mac version of the game? – LadyKestrel
A: Actually, there is no Mac version planned. But the Marketing department at Dreamcatcher may ask me for soon a Mac version! Who knows?
Q: Can you die within the game and if so, will you be put back just before the incident or will you have to revert to a previously saved game??? – tigger
A: You can indeed die in the game...but we won't send you back to saved game, just back to the moment before the incident....
Q: The screenshots we've seen thus far have looked very intriguing, and during her interview with Ms Liu, Laura mentioned that the graphics were something quite extraordinary. How would you describe the "feel" of this game in regards to environment and as we call it, "eye candy"? – Rae
Adventure games in general are expected to have very high quality
*“A.I.E. was formed about a year ago and is comprised of many members of the former development studio at Cryo Interactive. Many members of the team also worked on the extremely popular Atlantis series and wanted to create a whole new series based on Atlantis, but out of their imaginations rather than historical data. They’ve also paid close attention to the fans, focusing the bulk of the game actually IN Atlantis, rather than traveling to different places.”
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