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Inside the Developers Studio: Follow-up; Cory Barlog

Cory Barlog's Avatar + Posted by Cory Barlog on Jun 25, 2007 // Sony Santa Monica Studios

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What’s up PlayStation fans??? I know my earlier post was a bit thin…thin like one of the Olsen twins…so I thought I would come back and add some more of what you’re asking for. I love your passion and drive for God of War: Chains of Olympus info, so I’ll do my best to accommodate you with this follow-up. I’m going to share a little bit more about God of War and maybe talk about what’s next on my plate, or I might just announce the rumble feature for the PSP.

Ok, just kidding about the rumble feature for PSP, I made that up.

It’s pretty strange posting something in these new digs though, it’s more formal than my ghetto little blog. I feel like I need to sit up straight when I’m writing this. I’m not going to of course, I just feel like I should. So I guess I will just have the guilt to carry around with me all day. Fortunately I am too shallow to be bummed about that for too long.

All right, enough already, let’s chat a bit about the PSP. I hear that the official news about unlocking the PSP processor speed is out there. Many people are asking if God of War: Chains of Olympus is going to take advantage of this. The short answer is yes we are! Ready at Dawn has been doing some pretty amazing stuff with the PSP since the early days of the platform. Every time I see a new build I am more amazed with what we’re able to pull off with the PSP. I mean, 1080p on the PSP…who would have freaking thought??? Ok so that is wholly untrue, but it does look amazing. I feel confident in saying that we (and when I say we, I mean Ready at Dawn since they are doing the bulk of the work) are nailing the look and feel of God of War for the PSP. If everything goes according to plan then this will be a must-have game in your PSP library.

The combat for God of War: Chains of Olympus is also coming along really nicely. With each new build I get to see more and more of the game taking shape, which from my perspective is great. This game is really a first for me overseeing a game in this fashion. I don’t live with the game every day in the trenches like I did on the first two God of War games. So, all the daily stress that goes with directing this title gets placed squarely on Ru Weerasuriya’s shoulders. To be honest, I don’t like this position nearly as much as directing a game. I prefer being in the trenches and tackling all the problems. Thankfully the folks over at Ready at Dawn are doing a great job and over the next few weeks you will get to see the fruits of their labor. I would say ‘our’ labor, but including myself in that would be like the guy who stands on the side of the road during a marathon and hands out a glass of water and says “run faster”, and then says ‘we’ won the race.

I hope to have more info on the game sometime soon, keep your eyes open at E3. I’ll let you know when we’re finished. I think the first people getting one will be the people who participated in the Island of Rhodes website tease.

I will try and stop by as often as I can and give some more PSP updates for everybody, without giving away too much of course. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, and we’re all looking forward to those reactions from E3.

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+ -Nick on June 25th, 2007 at 7:12 pm said:

Thanks for the heads up on the PSP Cory!!
Im looking forward to E3. Its going to be huge.

PS. This was a great post, Kudos to the staff and of course Cory Barlog for taking the time.


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+ MasterCharged on June 25th, 2007 at 7:12 pm said:

now thats what i’m talking about. keep us updated Cory. i wish you great success


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+ cmack98 on June 25th, 2007 at 7:14 pm said:

I cannot wait for this game. Awesome, Awesome post…I love this blog! Not only are you adding to an unreal story with the God Of War franchise, you are doing it on the PSP which is awesome! The PSP might finally begin to get some of the respect that it truly deserves!


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+ Patrick Seybold on June 25th, 2007 at 7:14 pm said:

Thanks Cory. A note to everyone, the goal of this series as noted in that Friday entry, wasn’t to give the full down and dirty on every game (that is what things like E3 are for), but to give some flavor behind E3 and how these developers approach, prepare and feel about it. The other developers participating in the series are all going to answer the same questions Cory answered earlier today, give or take a few.

So I hope you’ll find it as a fun look at the show and see what makes some of the industry’s best developers tick. I’m sure you’ll want more, but keep in mind this entry from Cory is a great bonus and probably not everyone else will be jumping in like this. Thanks again Cory.


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+ mustaphadamus on June 25th, 2007 at 7:16 pm said:

MAN!!!

Sony you guys have really out done yourselves. People reacted to your original post and in a matter of minutes you gave the people what they wanted. If this isn’t proof that Sony stands behinds their customers and is willing to go above and beyond then I don’t know what is.

I absolutely love this blog and hope you guys keep the momentum. Now all I ask is you guys “televise” your E3 events via the Playstation Network, so us PS3 owners can view the entire event as it goes down.

What a great time to be a gamer!!!!


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+ Makasu on June 25th, 2007 at 7:23 pm said:

This is great, just great stuff! Cory, what was your part in the first two God of War games and how was it working with the J-man? : )


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+ jagged_edges on June 25th, 2007 at 7:25 pm said:

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

that was a great read. keep it up Cory.

and can we get the demo a little earlier?


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+ -Nick on June 25th, 2007 at 7:25 pm said:

@ Patrick

Maybe you should write a warning for the next entry, so that people are prepared on what to expect.

Personally, I think the questions were good, maybe you should call it “Inside the Developers Studio Pre-E3 Edition” since most of the questions are E3 related.

I think most people expected a more in depth Q&A session instead of a casual one.

In any case, you guys are doing a great job.
Thanks!


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+ ziggyd24 on June 25th, 2007 at 7:29 pm said:

Thats awesome I can’t wait for more info, I guess I better go and get me a PSP!


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+ LongTimePlaystationDev on June 25th, 2007 at 7:31 pm said:

Cory, it’s always rough for the first guy to climb up out of the trench and charge across the field…

There is a desperate need for real technical information about the PS3, hardware, tools, and development. So far the vast majority of information about the PS3 comes from x86 PC game sites, PC developers crying over the fact that they don’t know how to write an engine for any other platform than the desktop PC, PC developers crying that their DirectX code they’ve amassed over the years is useless on the PS3, PC gamers filling in the lack of real technical information from Sony with absolute garbage.

Perhaps Sony feels that by the time the big titles like Lair, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank hit the shelves they won’t have to worry about the vast amount of PS3 misinformation that fills the Net.

The PC and Xbox world has very successfully painted the PS3 as a system where console developers are sitting around struggling to grasp this crazy piece of hardware due to Sony’s inexplicable silence on the details of the PS3 hardware.

Sony really needs to have real console developers talk about:

* The actual RSX details
* RSX and 1080p, fillrate, etc.
* The structure of a native PS3 engine
* The division of labor between Cell and RSX and how they are designed to operate together
* Why a PC developer who dumps their engine entirely onto the PPE and treats the RSX like a desktop PC graphics card will get a game that runs roughly with the similar performance as a 360 game

Sony has two choices:

1) Let their competitors define their hardware for them – poorly and with malice
2) Wake up and decide what their silence is actually accomplishing and start letting people know what an amazing machine they have developed is capable of.


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+ joelface on June 25th, 2007 at 7:31 pm said:

awesome Cory. thanks SO much for that update.

i nearly jumped out of my skin when you said the rumble thing.

boy am i gullible!

haha. that was halarious.

anyways.. cant wait for this game, and thanks to the people in charge of this blog for silencing the complainers from the last post!

amazing!


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+ corybarlog on June 25th, 2007 at 7:31 pm said:

@Makasu

I was the Animation director on god of War 1 and the Game Director on God of War 2.

How was it working with the Jaffe? It was good…I learned so much from watching how Dave worked on God of War 1. It really gave me a good base to figure out how the h#ll to do this job. He is a crazy guy, as you all know from his many interviews and blog posts. I have come to understand that you kind of have to be kind of crazy to direct a game like this. It takes so much out of you to do this big games.

Cory


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+ corybarlog on June 25th, 2007 at 7:33 pm said:

Also just a thanks to everyone for stopping by and giving these posts a read. We are pretty stoked about Chains of Olympus and I know I personally can’t wait until you all have a chance to get your hands on it and stab some Minotaurs!!

cory


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+ -Nick on June 25th, 2007 at 7:35 pm said:

Well I hope you are getting your good rest Cory, we all want you well rested so you can start GOW 3!!

Or maybe you have already started??!
;)


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+ androvsky on June 25th, 2007 at 7:35 pm said:

I hope everyone realizes not every developer is going to be able to take the extra time out like Cory did… ah, never mind.

Welcome to blogging Sony. Sorry. I’ll try not to go overboard.

Hey, if I can be totally random here, what’s the chance of the PS3 removing region coding for ps1/ps2 games in the future? I was very happy to hear that PS3 and PSP games are not region locked, but all I really want is to be able to play the Sakura Taisen 1 remake for the ps2.

Well, a Sakura Taisen 1 (or 3) remake for the PS3 would be nice too, but that’s Sega’s problem. /random

The PSP still amazes me, those screenshots look better than a lot of ps2 games. It really is an incredible little machine, I look forward to increased support from Sony.


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+ Frazz on June 25th, 2007 at 7:38 pm said:

I think god of war was an awsome game but id hate to see it over done i hope you guys find a way to keep it fresh without just adding new stuff.Maybe go inside kratos a bit more.thanks


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+ TONX on June 25th, 2007 at 7:41 pm said:

hahaha awesome avatar Cory.

This blog is seriously great. Pack in GoW with the new PSP and you guys will be sitting in gold.


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+ DooM on June 25th, 2007 at 7:45 pm said:

Man I love games like GOW, I had bought the first one on day and it was awsome, I thougt that it, thats the best the PS2 kan do. Than you came up with GOW2, and I was really amazed. i play those two games sometimes on my PS3 . Now a GOW that runs on the PSP ans it lookes amazing…Kudos for Ready at Down.

LongTimePlaystationDev number 10 you are right. But one the other hand devs who worked on the PS2 know a bit of programming to several cores, the PS2 had vector units, they are a bit like the SPE’s on the PS3.

The PS2 was a [DELETED] to program for, but look at the games they are pushing out of the PS2 hardware now…..Give the PS3 some time and whe will see amazing stuff……


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+ Ghostm on June 25th, 2007 at 7:50 pm said:

Nice! I can wait for this title to be release. I really hope you guys post some quicktime movie clips about E3. I wanna be blown away with shocking surprises. Make the world a believer of that $600.00 price tag.


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+ Naustradamus on June 25th, 2007 at 7:57 pm said:

Yay PSP demo! wait … I signed up for the Demo … but I didn’t get a confirmation … maybe because I’m in Canada … oh well :P

Just mean its going to be a longueur wait for me to play it … but man .. does it look good! Its probably going to be the first game on PSP that will make it worth it since I got a PSP … at launch!

bad ports and FPS’s on the system just don’t work right. Man .. thank god GOW came out … it brought fun on the PS2 twice! … its gonna bring meaning to the PSP as a game hand held, and in the future, I hope it’ll bring good things to the PS3 :P


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+ sonyman on June 25th, 2007 at 8:08 pm said:

Great work, the game looks fantastic, and im sure will play just as good.

P.S. i just thought of a cool idea. since this blog looks to be getting good reviews and alot of ppl are enjoying getting all the news , why not have a section in the ps3 XMB for the official sony blog. what do you guys think?


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+ KEFIOX on June 25th, 2007 at 8:14 pm said:

That was much better than the previous post, great job ;)


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+ Godofwar55555 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:19 pm said:

That was nice read, I loved it he talked about the game and gave interesting little bits of information. That is what I wanted to hear, I cannot wait for this game. I can’t wait for E3.

[]^XO


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+ Kratos_ate_Snake on June 25th, 2007 at 8:25 pm said:

All right…..!

Thanks for the update you guys. Sorry for any previous bad comments, but what can I say, fanboys have high expectations. lol

Keep up the good work Cory, you’re awesome.
Bring on GOW3!


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+ holz55 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:26 pm said:

This blog is great. Thanks for the update!


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+ Scarecrow on June 25th, 2007 at 8:31 pm said:

Best baddass character? Kratos! This game will own everything else.

*prays for a ps3 GOW*


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+ Clover09 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:35 pm said:

Good Post Cory can’t wait for this game and also new titles that I know will kick some major ass.


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+ severeon on June 25th, 2007 at 8:36 pm said:

You guys, I think, hold the record for the best response time in the gaming industry!

I was satisfied with the first post, but would have like to have had more secrets divulged; but that is what e3 is for right?

Either way, good on ya Cory, and Patrick! You guys are the best.


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+ missionAvs on June 25th, 2007 at 8:39 pm said:

Thanks Cory, this was a way better entry than the one we had before.


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+ Korlithiel on June 25th, 2007 at 8:39 pm said:

Sounds good, when the demo arrives I’m sure I’ll be able to know if the game is right for me then.
Hope you (and especially Ready At Dawn) keep up the great work


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+ DrPirate on June 25th, 2007 at 8:43 pm said:

Ahh Cory, now that’s what we’re talking about.

Nice job man, excellent post. Looking forward to chains of olympus.


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+ StormLord on June 25th, 2007 at 8:44 pm said:

Thanks Cory! we love hearing about this stuff! and its great that the PSP is getting a great game running at the proper 333MHz :)


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+ Keysersoze10033 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:46 pm said:

This is what we needed. Thanks for coming back and elaborate on the game. I can’t wait for this game, as well as the PS3 sequel ;).


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+ CrimsonCalibur on June 25th, 2007 at 8:49 pm said:

Great Post! Thanks for the follow up Cory, especially after of all the idiotic posts left after your last interview. I wouldn’t have blamed you if you decided not to come back for more of that garbage.

Keep up the outstanding work. Its comforting to know the GoW franchise is in such good hands.


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+ Keysersoze10033 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:53 pm said:

Avatar test, sorry.


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+ fragged_23 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:56 pm said:

wow Cory, you really didnt have to do this. but i am glad you did. this blog is really shaping up to be the only way i can get REAL PS3 news, even though you guys arn’t willing to give up any secrets ;) nice job with the blog, hope you guys keep posting!


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+ Keysersoze10033 on June 25th, 2007 at 8:56 pm said:

Avatar check


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+ cruisx on June 25th, 2007 at 9:01 pm said:

NICE! cant wait till E3 ^_^, oh and did they change the date?


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+ K on June 25th, 2007 at 9:09 pm said:

Cool, so the demo at SGD was running at 333mhz? Even at that clock rate, it is pretty amazing for the PSP. If it wasn’t, then that’s even more amazing.

I think the questions could work better as long as the second one is changed to not 5 words or less.. all of the answers will be very similar.


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+ Lowe on June 25th, 2007 at 9:09 pm said:

It’s great to know that GoW PSP is coming along great, I’m a great fan of this series and I simply can’t wait to play this on my PSP.

I was rather unsatisfied with the last post on the approach to E³ too, but this one totally changed it all. Thanks Cory!


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+ reesimo on June 25th, 2007 at 9:12 pm said:

I am so ready to play this game! Can you send my demo Fed Ex, please?


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+ GFXology.com on June 25th, 2007 at 9:16 pm said:

This is a good follow-up to the first post, however I don’t see why everyone got so heated. Wait till E3 everyone, you don’t want them to spoil all the surprises.
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Although I would like to know if the Killzone E3 event on July 10th is all about Killzone, because it is 2.5 hours long, that is longer then the Sony press conference, pretty crazy!

Keep the posts coming.

Out


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+ Novaoblivion on June 25th, 2007 at 9:18 pm said:

Thats much more like it, great post! :D


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+ XxBigP123xX on June 25th, 2007 at 9:20 pm said:

Hey Corey, weres my demo at?


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+ 40cal on June 25th, 2007 at 9:20 pm said:

GoW CoO will be the PSP’s greatest achevment to date. The game has me more excited than Crisis Core. Also thanks to Cory for the personality that we expect from him.

Cory, the more your an ahole the better.

When is the Demo going to ship. The day I got the comformation e-mail was the happiest day of my life. Wait, dident I get married? LOL


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+ AnubisHades on June 25th, 2007 at 9:20 pm said:

I’m certain will turn out amazing, I can’t wait to see how the game runs and looks in the latest build.


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+ XxBigP123xX on June 25th, 2007 at 9:24 pm said:

also i might buy this and not just download it if this is a really good game because GOW II was amazing :P


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+ 40cal on June 25th, 2007 at 9:32 pm said:

The new PSP wallpaper for GoW CoO is nice. Everyone should download it now the link is on the right hand side of this blog


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+ Bizmal on June 25th, 2007 at 9:41 pm said:

Looks great! I wish I was more into handhelds.


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+ NAMEK on June 25th, 2007 at 9:51 pm said:

Can’t wait for the demo, now the wait is getting more unbearable! lol


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