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Hermen Hulst's Avatar + Posted by Hermen Hulst on Jul 10, 2007 // Managing Director, Guerrilla Games

Killzone 2
1. What game do you have at E3 this year?
We are very excited to be presenting Killzone 2 this year.

2. Describe it in five words or less.
Killzone 2 is a Hostile Theatre of war where every hit has a dramatic impact (sorry, Killzone is just too big for five words).

3. Tell me about the game, what’s the story?
It’s two years later and the ISA are invading the Helghast home planet of Helghan. The goal is to capture the Helghast leader and bring the war machine to a halt.

4. What did you do on this game that you couldn’t do on another platform?
For us, we need a great deal of processing power to make our vision come to life. The PS3 really allows us to build Killzone 2 on a grand scale with a level of detail that is truly eye-catching, and something that we knew we could do, but needed the source of raw horsepower to make it happen. To give you an example, our character models on screen use the same amount of polygons as an entire level of Killzone on PS2.

5. What do you think is the coolest aspect of this game?
One cool thing to note is that we can now do many of the things we envisioned when we were creating the original Killzone. The PS3 hardware really gives us much more freedom in the development process. In my opinion though, at the end of the day, the thing I think about as a coolest aspect of the game really is the iconic Helghast image with the glowing eyes (as you can see in the screen above).

6. If you could sit one person in front of your game for an hour, who would it be?
No big names really, I would most like to see the game in the hands of our fans. We want Joe six pack to play the game and beg for more time with it than just one hour. We’re really looking forward to getting our fans’ reaction to the game.

7. What game do you most want an hour to sit in front of yourself (besides your own)?
Probably Resident Evil 5, I’ve always been a fan of that franchise.

8. How many E3’s does E3 2007 mark for you?
This is my 10th. I’m very happy to see this change in the format this year. There should be much less noise and an overall better experience for attendees.

9. Describe the pre-2007 E3 experience in five words or less.
Again, it’s impossible to do this in under five words. My pre-E3 experience has left me buried in our project. Now that E3 is here, it feels like I’m about to get out of a very long tunnel. It will also be nice to get re-acquainted with my wife.

10. You are asked to make suggestions for an E3 survival kit- what three items HAVE to be included?
For us, E3 is all about exchanging an umbrella and coat for a nice pair of shades. Our team loves to adopt the California gear: sunglasses, flip flops and a nice convertible.

11. What advice would you have for someone who has never experienced E3?
It is a very inspirational time for us as well as everyone who is a fan of games. E3 is where many great teams get together to show off a variety of amazing products. So my advice is to enjoy every single minute of it…it’s a great rush when you get to see some of the very best work from each of the companies involved.

12. Describe what you anticipate from 2007’s newly formatted E3 in five words or less.
I believe this new format for E3 will really allow for more tailored, intimate and customized experiences. A prime example is the event we did tonight for Killzone 2.

13. What’s your favorite part about developing games for a living?
It is definitely the people. I enjoy working with the wide range of talent we have, including extreme creative types as well as the analytic, technical members of our team. It is this collaborative process that magically comes together during each project, allowing us to bring our vision to life.

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217 Comments

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+ fragged_23 on July 11th, 2007 at 12:30 am said:

this seems like the longest i have had to wait for ANYTHING…EVER!


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+ ExtremeOne on July 11th, 2007 at 12:33 am said:

I am so looking forward to this game after seeing the first screenshot


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+ MasterCharged on July 11th, 2007 at 12:37 am said:

where can i catch a glimpse of this trailer


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+ NAMEK on July 11th, 2007 at 12:43 am said:

I will be happy if you guys released some more pics, that will hold me for a while. Anyways best of luck, hope this game kicks everyone’s ass.


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+ frombrosis on July 11th, 2007 at 12:44 am said:

I second the sentiment… please give us a little more information about what was shown at tonight’s invite only event!!!


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+ HappySpaceInvdr on July 11th, 2007 at 12:52 am said:

“our character models on screen use the same amount of polygons as an entire level of Killzone on PS2″

Oooooooooooooh. Polygons. Because, let’s face it, that’s all we’re really interested in, isn’t it? No need for original or interesting gameplay when you’ve got polygons.

I just don’t see any information about this game that blows my skirt up. From what we’ve read so far, it just seems to be another terminally dull first person shooter like “Resistance: Yawn of Man”.


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+ fragged_23 on July 11th, 2007 at 12:55 am said:

i enjoyed Resistance more than Halo.


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+ EnterPS3Here on July 11th, 2007 at 1:01 am said:

It looks good but I hope the game is still in progress. I mean, that can’t be a screenshot of final product, right?


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+ HappySpaceInvdr on July 11th, 2007 at 1:02 am said:

What cracks me up is that everyone seems to be so exceited about this game, yet we know almost nothing about it. In the above interview, we are told nothing about the gameplay…

“One cool thing to note is that we can now do many of the things we envisioned when we were creating the original Killzone.”

So, what you’re saying is: it’s going to be better than the PS2 game? Well at least that’s something…

“The PS3 hardware really gives us much more freedom in the development process.”

… really? No… really? For you see I’ve been at a loss to explain why Sony released a more powerful and expensive games console. Thanks for clearing that up.

“In my opinion though, at the end of the day,”

…horrible and meaningless cliché, but carry on…

” the thing I think about as a coolest aspect of the game really is the iconic Helghast image with the glowing eyes (as you can see in the screen above).”

Well… whoopee ******* do. This is hardly going to convince those of us who didn’t bother to play the first Killzone after reading the lousy reviews, is it?


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+ Ivan on July 11th, 2007 at 1:03 am said:

Now or never, SONY…


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+ Darsh on July 11th, 2007 at 1:10 am said:

http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/803/803129p1.html

Is it possible? Did it truly deliver? =O


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+ HappySpaceInvdr on July 11th, 2007 at 1:10 am said:

@fragged_23

“i enjoyed Resistance more than Halo.”

You enjoyed one terminally dull FPS more than another terminally dull FPS?

I gave up on Halo at the Library level, which I understand is somewhere near the end.

I gave up on Resistance after finishing the Manchester level, which is somewhere near the beginning… but that was probably more because the design of the PS3 controller (inaccurate analogue sticks, slippery and concave triggers) makes playing Resistance such a chore.


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+ Sartorius on July 11th, 2007 at 1:33 am said:

1up has first impressions!!!

http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3160994


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+ tobi on July 11th, 2007 at 1:34 am said:

to the killzone devs, go have a drink on us, you deserve it!


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+ haldalish on July 11th, 2007 at 1:34 am said:

http://ps3media.ign.com/ps3/image/article/803/803129/killzone-2-20070711010754763.jpg

sony i wiil suck yo dick


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+ natureman3 on July 11th, 2007 at 1:55 am said:

OMG!!!! you managed to deliver !!!
early preview on the net indicate a megaton bomb coming !!


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+ starfoxACEFOX on July 11th, 2007 at 1:57 am said:

Sorry but the first Killzone suck, no turning for Killzone2, bad move..

Fox


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+ Darsh on July 11th, 2007 at 2:04 am said:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/21490.html

Wow.

WOW!


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+ tielo on July 11th, 2007 at 2:14 am said:

Enough with the talk. Demo please!


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+ Vastere on July 11th, 2007 at 2:26 am said:

Totally fantastic.

As Gaf put it: Signed. Sealed. Delivered!

Demo?


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+ shaunLEGEND on July 11th, 2007 at 2:29 am said:

Just saw trailer………*bows*

Wow.


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+ NewYork214 on July 11th, 2007 at 2:47 am said:

the trailer is really really nice, wasnt the event like hours long? we gonna see anything else tomorrow? hopefully so. damn i cant wait for this game and i usually hate FPS. resistance started making me like them but this might make me actually become a FPS fan


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+ KatanaKing on July 11th, 2007 at 2:59 am said:

I just watched the trailer…one word…..

AMAZING

Well doen, goed gedaan.


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+ GameRider on July 11th, 2007 at 3:01 am said:

It’s really fantastic! Great work guys! :)

A Demo in the Playstation Store would be so GREAT! Like a wonder.


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+ reesimo on July 11th, 2007 at 3:08 am said:

OMG!!! That’s realtime! Jesus H! That trailer is freaking amazing.


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+ Mana Knight on July 11th, 2007 at 3:16 am said:

That trailer is so amazing, made for forget everything Microsoft talked about during their press conference (which was mediocre, please top it Sony). Anyway, Killzone 2 is definitely one of my most wanted games now and I can’t wait to buy.


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+ Nootje on July 11th, 2007 at 3:18 am said:

OMG!!!!! Guerilla ….you frickin’ delivered BIG TIME.Im so in love with the artstyle, and just watching the trailer ….speechless.If this is pre-pre alpha then holy crap what is the final game gonna look like?!

This trailer + screens already blew away the MS press conference lol.Sony is made of win this E3.
Potential am realized.

Been a long time since ive been hyped about a game … a long time.


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+ Jamaicangmah on July 11th, 2007 at 3:20 am said:

But,… Microsoft said it wasn’t possible. How could you have done it? It makes no sense they said it can’t be done on the PS3.

HAHAHAHA. Congrats guys on destroyin Microsofts E3 showin with one game an all before even officially startin E3.

Greatly outclassing the mighty Halo 3. lol! I love every minute of this lol! Great game guys My PS3 and i thanks you.


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+ K-End on July 11th, 2007 at 3:25 am said:

*sit down and cry*

Thank you Guerilla!!


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+ YokasHi on July 11th, 2007 at 3:28 am said:

Holy [DELETED]!! :O


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+ lennygundam14 on July 11th, 2007 at 3:39 am said:

Guerilla Games is already a top class developers on my list, Awesome Job guerilla!!!!! you guys just Killed Halo!!!!!


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+ DocEvils on July 11th, 2007 at 3:45 am said:

OMFG GOD!!!! THIS GAME IS FOOKING AMAZING! WELL DONE Gg YOU HAVE DONE THE PS NATION WELL & KILLED HALO 3!


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+ Savage on July 11th, 2007 at 3:46 am said:

I think it looks good, but not fantastic at this stage. But then the Halo 3 one looks average as well. I think I need to see a HD version of the KZ2 trailer.


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+ ckmlb on July 11th, 2007 at 3:51 am said:

You guys seriously delivered. Much better and closer to the CG trailer than I ever anticipated.

Looking forward to basking in the glory of this game…


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+ self.confessed.cynic on July 11th, 2007 at 4:14 am said:

I take my hat off to you, sirs, for doing a darn fine job this far into production.

Although – I would like to know what stage of production the demo shown was at.

Can we expect the game to improve? If so – how much?

That aside – I think you just delivered on a lot of people’s hopes. Again, well done.

PS: This weather thing is intriguing – I hope we can look forward to things more visceral than a Lighting Tower though.


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+ fireras on July 11th, 2007 at 4:26 am said:

PWNGE DELIVERED :)


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+ NAZAR on July 11th, 2007 at 4:28 am said:

LOL, Herman, all this time you had an avatar from this screen )


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+ Joe on July 11th, 2007 at 4:39 am said:

Guerrilla Games You guys (girls) did one Awesome job on the trailer. I can’t wait until 08 to play the game. Ijust what to know about the vehicles they will be in the multiplayer levels. Plus will there be a co-op campaign. Also please make a Melee button there needs to be one. Also what is the chance of a button that lets you jump. But at the same time makes it feel realistic. Will this game run at 1080P and 60FPS. I think 1080P is nice but if it means the game can’t run at 60FPS then don’t do it.

Back on the Multiplayer levels. Resistence had 40 players will Killzone 2 do that too. Also could it have more then that. Seeing as in Killzone:Liberation there was a Tank,Hovercraft,Jeep and Jetpac will they make a return plus new things to use. May be Cobar’s big vehicle.

Also will be Beta for multiplayer happen this November to counter Halo.

I really want to know what Happened to Rico,Lugar,Hakha and Templar. Will they be in the game at all or no.

I just want to say again Killzone looks great and so I can’t wait to play the game.

Also when Killzone 2 gets down any chance of another Killzone game but not a FPS but a RTS. Also any chance in the future of another Killzone game for the PSP. That game was great and now that Sony has unlocked the full power of the PSP 333MHz speed. I would like to see what Guerrilla could make with that added power.


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+ Herby on July 11th, 2007 at 5:07 am said:

Great Interview. I can’t wait to play the game.


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+ thefjk on July 11th, 2007 at 5:11 am said:

Sony all you have to do is simply deliver more games like these and in two or three years PS3 will be rocking this gen all the way to 2015, or later!


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+ blizzard182 on July 11th, 2007 at 5:11 am said:

Alright…one of the most anticipated games. I have to say that that screenshot had so many bad comments.

I just finished reading and opening all these links people are putting, so I am going to read them and then I am going to post something.

I hope it is ok, but anyway, great work guys.


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+ homy on July 11th, 2007 at 5:15 am said:

I don’t know why Sony keeps using that screenshot. It looks ugly.


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+ Conch_Bubby on July 11th, 2007 at 5:25 am said:

Wow, do you feel that? I no longer feel slighted for being an early adopter. Thanks Guerrilla Games!
Great answer to question to number 6.
So when can we see the . . .


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+ ARMZ on July 11th, 2007 at 5:36 am said:

2008


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+ blizzard182 on July 11th, 2007 at 5:39 am said:

HOLY [DELETED], [DELETED], CRAP…

That looks just amazing. If I have to do some critic, I would say that some textures look a bit washed up but again, the trailer does not have the same quality so I guess it is fine.

And quoting @91, please change that screenshot. It doesn´t give the game the credit it deserves.


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+ darkiewonder on July 11th, 2007 at 5:51 am said:

That was a pretty sweet trailer I just saw on gametrailer.com. I was pretty impressed with it!

You’ve outdone yourself and the whole team at GG! Nice Job!

Now I can’t wait for the trailer to hit the PSN store.


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+ Nephlabobo on July 11th, 2007 at 5:56 am said:

Just saw it myself.

Didn’t play the first Killzone, but this looks great.

Really grabbed my attention.

Gears of Who?


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+ stennex on July 11th, 2007 at 6:07 am said:

KILLZONE IS OFF DA CHAIN. OH MY. GREAT WORK. GREAT EFFECTS AND DESIGN. WHEN CAN WE GET TO PLAY IT.
THANK YOU SONY & GUERRILLA GAMES.


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+ RobinNL on July 11th, 2007 at 6:07 am said:

The trailer was amazing and because it’s coming out in 2008, they can even make it a little better!

I saw the microsoft conference and it was really bad, Halo was average and other great games weren’t even mentioned:
Haze, Unreal tournament 3 etc.

Dare I to say that these are now PlayStation exclusive?


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