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MAG Mondays Featuring Exclusive Developer Diaries

Jill Webber's Avatar Posted by on Jun 23, 2009 // PR Manager

Hey PS.Blog readers. In case you haven’t noticed, over on GameTrailers, they’ve started “MAG Mondays,” featuring exclusive dev diaries from the Zipper Interactive folks working on MAG. The first video posted last Monday, and took us through the overlying persistent Shadow War, where each battle victory or loss contributes to your PMC’s world standing, moving it on the offensive or pulling it back to the defensive.

The second dev diary in the series posted yesterday and focuses on the scale of MAG, which for the first time ever will bring 256 players to a console. All environmental effects (explosions, gunshots, etc.) can be attributed to live players! Listen to what the devs have to say about 256 in the video below.

GameTrailers will be continuing the “MAG Mondays” feature with another dev diary next week, and we’ll post it here next Tuesday. Stay tuned!

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+ Midgetguy on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:08 am said:


AWESOME! That was a cool video! And I’m looking forward to seeing more…

Oh, and guess what: Today’s my Birthday! :P

I’m 16 now!


+ animeboy413 on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:21 am said:

happy birthday midget guy


+ animeboy413 on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:22 am said:

Sony Price drop on PS3 please


+ NiteStrikerZero on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:24 am said:

Cool, nice to know that I have something to look forward to every monday now :)

Btw, any chance of the MAG official website getting an update anytime soon?


+ Zezzler on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:26 am said:

I love mag mondays being posted on Tuesdays~ it just sort of adds to the ‘WTF’ factor. (and please dont tell me, ‘if you read the thing it says the trailers will be posted on mondays and itll be posted here tuesdays’, cuz i already know. im just enjoing what i can from the idiocracy~


+ Learte on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:37 am said:

happy birthday , oh I cant wait for mag and uncharted 2 and god of war and demon soul well al the exclusives am gonna have to buy, i get chills just thinking of al the joy.


+ gmoney0505 on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:39 am said:

When will the beta start for this game?


+ Irishmandkg on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 am said:

Happy B-Day! Anyway any release date on battlefield 1943 and fat princess? please..


+ thegiblet75 on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:46 am said:

Yes please to the beta!


+ bodath on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:50 am said:

My main doubt about MAG is, are players going to follow orders, and want happens when they don’t.


+ maruchan27six on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:54 am said:

@10 You can choose not to follow orders but you will level up slower.Following orders will net double EXP.


+ TakiFuGu on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:07 am said:

This game would be major if PSN was a unified experience. I wish this was a TPS.
Good luck Zipper Interactive!!!


+ KazeEternal on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:10 am said:

So why isn’t the PSB getting MAG Mondays ><


+ Darkdragon2 on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:12 am said:

This Game will be awsome. I will love to be in the beta if there is one. My only problem is that in the lobby for the game some one might exit causing us to wait for another player.


+ GGCAN on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:21 am said:

Thanks Jill.

Sounds like a great game, only I have to see what 256 people talking all at the same time is going to be like.


+ Jeigh on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:34 am said:

Ha! I was wondering what was up with the Monday part- “Hey, wait. Isn’t today Tuesday? If not I just wasted three hours coming to the first day of summer quarter.” A couple of things on MAG that are most certainly going to need to be ensured are the elimination of any instances of lag and a fairly high number of sales. Otherwise, this game could die fairly quickly (though I suppose not all of the games need be 256-player).


+ katsuo7171 on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:41 am said:

It’s a promising game and I hope it will deliver.



+ YourHeroJed on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

This game looks great. I’m sure it will be a first day buy, I’m just concerned with what seems to be a lack of recoil in the guns.


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

Not playing SHOOTERS until Slant Six fix Socom. They are now causing other companies to lose money. At Least from me.


+ Maverick10 on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:52 am said:

I’m so pumped for this game


+ Enforcer_X on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:56 am said:

Please get a job!

Maybe it is just me but since this is an exclusive game shouldn’t the PS Blog being doing MAG Mondays?

Either way I can’t wait to rock some EPIC battles!


+ Enforcer_X on June 23rd, 2009 at 9:58 am said:

256 people DON’T talk all with each other.
Squads of 8 will be setup and those people will communicate with each other.


+ IrishPete333 on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:01 am said:

I doubt that because socom didn’t turn out to be what it was supposed to that people aren’t going to get a different shooter. If anything it would make them want to get a different/better shooter. I got my Socom and headset, tried the game out and traded it in a few days later for another game.


+ Enforcer_X on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:03 am said:

Why would you not play MAG?
It’s from Zipper, the original SOCOM devs.

Go tell Slant 6 about your issues.


+ poweredbyzen on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 am said:

i just want trophies… :D


+ rAdIOhEad73 on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:14 am said:

After you see an ArmA II HD video on youtube, you can’t but feel sorry for how ugly this game looks.
The gameplay doesn’t sound very new or innovative either (according to the people who played it at E3)


+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:27 am said:

i dont know why they promote 256 players when EVERY game gets laggy with 32 or more..anywho..i was very dissapointed when Zipper annonced that thier game was going to FPS only..i am so f-ing tired of fps..r2..k2..cod..PUNISHER and now MAG..its getting so lame..esspecially after i took tyme tocustomize my characterr i can only se him hols the gun..CORNEY..ooh and people want the “TRUE FEELING OF A WAR GAME”..watever..its a just a GAME..the only thing that should matter is being FUN.:p 256..doesnt sound like anything close to it..:/


+ JKar275 on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:38 am said:

MAG looks quite interesting but its lack of naval/maritime combat is a VERY BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!


+ Artificialheart on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:40 am said:

This looks amazing, the fact that everything is happening in real time, that’s just mind boggling. :D


+ Axecution on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:00 am said:

****! I hate that new Playsttion logo. >.<


+ TakiFuGu on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:09 am said:

Dear Sony,

Please start including a cheap headset in the PS3 box.

Thank you.


+ Thrasher20 on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:15 am said:

Happy birthday to Midgetguy!

MAG is so awesome, I can’t wait to buy this beast of a game! Time to eat my pork n’ beans!


+ SPARDA on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:38 am said:

I am still not sold on the idea of 256 players. If there is a beta I hope to get in to try it out.
I know Zipper has a great team on their side, and I want this game to be as popular as the “Original” SOCOM series, but I am not convinced yet by looking at those trailers and videos.
From what I heard in a few gaming podcast, the reporters that played it at E3 said it did not feel like they were playing with another 200+ people.
I hope the beta proves them wrong.
Looking forward to more updates



+ Metellica505 on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:43 am said:

still not thinking this many players is going to work, but if anyone can do it i think zipper can, i need this beta


+ liketoski on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

All of my friends are now getting PS3’s!
I got them away from there 360’s.
Thats 6 people in 3 months!


+ footballrule on June 23rd, 2009 at 11:48 am said:

Go MAG! I can’t wait until the beta starts!


+ ski_bumm on June 23rd, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

It ain’t always about the size, gentlemen.
It’s how you use it.

Looking forward to how this whole thing turns out.


+ SpeedRacer1955 on June 23rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm said:

This is a great looking game. I have a new Title with the same initials:


Sounds more like a title than just Massive Action Game…


+ GGCAN on June 23rd, 2009 at 12:35 pm said:

@22 – Enforcer_X

Thanks for the info…wasn’t aware of that, but sure glad it’s not everyone talking at once.


+ GAME-HERO on June 23rd, 2009 at 12:37 pm said:

I am so excited about this game, day one purchase. If fact it should be made manditory that PS3 owners have this GAME!


+ KwietStorm on June 23rd, 2009 at 12:54 pm said:

What’s going on with the beta?


+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on June 23rd, 2009 at 1:10 pm said:

@ 34 I have told Slant Six my issues in weekly phone calls.

Zipper should have done Confrontation and MAG should be true to Socom as a Third Person shooter. Before Socom Confrontation came out I played Warhawk until my fingers bled but MAG, First Person View only? Gimmie a break, who cares if it has 256 players online if I can’t even see the guy on the roof above me. They talk immersion within the game, well the last time I checked my own vision wasn’t just the view in front of my eyes there’s peripheral vision to think about. Mag to me is like Kz2 just made by another developer with present day guns/uniforms. Give me something to say WOW about. Ever play CS or any other MMOFPS, this is no different.

Fix Socom, honestly Zipper should be ASHAMED of what Slant Six did to the franchise. I know if I were the Lead Dev at Zipper I’d be pissed and I’d voice it for all to hear.


+ DTS_MAN on June 23rd, 2009 at 1:12 pm said:

a few things…256 all converging in one place and no frame rate drop…..hmmmmmm…this is interesting…i mean EPIC games cant even handle 10 players in multi-player without chronic lag.

And please tame the jumping it looked a little halo (can i say that) the guys jumping in the video near the steps after running looked a bit too floaty..yeah floaty.

Other than that its looking MENTAL! Im in the UK can i ask now that i want in on the BETA?


+ somerandomguy112 on June 23rd, 2009 at 1:42 pm said:

cant wait for mag, i hope it doesnt have too many problems.


+ iTchyBandit on June 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 pm said:

cool, can’t wait to get this game. when is the release date?


+ iTchyBandit on June 23rd, 2009 at 1:45 pm said:

is it going to be downloadable like Warhawk?


+ Vv-VamPirE-vV on June 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm said:

Sooper I couldnt agree with you more.I am furious that zipper gave them there baby for slant to destroy..LITERALLY..!Sorry zipper you coulda did with socom what you are doing with MAG,and a ton better than slant 6 ever dreamed of!!I am disgusted with you,and I wont be buying this game as I hate FPS anyways..Make me a socom that rawks on this power system you noted by sarcastic gamer and let slant have this game**Thanks for nothing ZIP!!


+ GreyFoXX4 on June 23rd, 2009 at 3:30 pm said:

ArmaII I’ll be getting. But Arma II is ONLY 50 PLAYERS lol, not 256. Also how much ram will you have to run Arma II? I’ll have 9gb ddr3, but the ps3 runs with 512mb.

And actually arma2 has 2d muzzle flash and weaker looking character models than MAG lol.

Anywya I’ll be getting both :)


+ RurouniSaiya-jin on June 23rd, 2009 at 8:35 pm said:

Awesome news. I hope this means they are on their way to revealing the beta


+ jacktheripper300 on June 23rd, 2009 at 10:47 pm said:

Please no lag in Mag.

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