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Inside the Developers Studio: Matt Morton

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Today, E3 attendees will have the chance to go hands on with the stellar PixelJunk Eden. Like fellow PixelJunkie Deb Mars, Matt Morton is working on, and is really excited by this upcoming PLAYSTATION Network game. He was also happy to answer these questions (question-asker in parentheses):

  • What game(s) you have at E3 this year?
  • If you could choose where E3 was hosted, where would it be? (Dubbedinenglish)
  • If you get the chance, what game(s) do you most want to go hands-on with at E3 2008? (Genki-Rocket)
  • Who in the industry would you most like to collaborate on a game with? (indigovenom)
  • When did you know for sure that you belonged in the video game business? (Sindress)
  • What kind of advice would you give those currently in college and would like to pursue a career in video game development? (Voozi)
  • How often do you make technical changes to your games half-way through or late into the game development cycle based on something you’ve just seen or played from other developers? (P_tear_griffin)
  • If you could say one thing to the fans of your game/series out there, what would it be? (Xanog)

Matt Morton is an Associate Producer at Sony Santa Monica. He has worked on nearly every type, genre and style of video game and continues to look for the next interesting, new, but most importantly: FUN game.

What do you want to know about PixelJunk Eden? Ask and I’ll get the answers.

For the next interview, we leave Santa Monica and head over to Burbank… home of Insomniac Games.

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tretle said:

July 15th, 8:03 am

looking forward to e3 :)

Delriach said:

July 15th, 8:03 am

Yay. PixelJunk Eden.

Delriach said:

July 15th, 8:08 am

Hmm, I think I have some questions:

Is there an estimated playtime this game has in order to “beat” it?

Also, what is the difficult level of the game and can it be adjusted?

Has a release date on this game been announced yet? Sorry, I haven’t been keeping up with dates in general… don’t hurt me ;_;

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    mmorton said:

    July 16th, 12:26 am

    Hi there,

    We figure about 15-20 hours of gameplay for the average player.

    Difficulty ramps up gradually through the levels, by level design, game mechanics and enemies encountered. It\’s a smooth arc.

    SOON!! ;)

darkwing_uop said:

July 15th, 8:09 am

Any idea when its going to be released?

Daver said:

July 15th, 8:09 am

Again, i really like these interviews :) keep them coming, Good Job!

As for Pixeljunk Eden, I’m buying it for sure, it looks like a different and fun game, i loved all PixelJunk games and i’m really looking forward to the dungeon one, it sounds promising (RPG element in it?, lol)

darkwing_uop said:

July 15th, 8:16 am

Sorry if it has been announced before, but can the co-op be online?

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    mmorton said:

    July 16th, 12:27 am

    Co-op is local machine only. When you play the game, you will quickly realize why you would want the other players in the immediate area with you. Online co-op would honestly make the experience feel disjointed.

tsaksyapune said:

July 15th, 8:16 am

Nah, square is just some fd up company. microsofts conference only got interesting because of a game we already have, thats sad. plus versus is still ours. sony knew this was coming watch for their full force revenge today!!!!! :D :D :D :D

Jeigh said:

July 15th, 8:18 am

That’s some pretty good advice and pretty interesting video. The PixelJunk Eden logo is so pretty… I really look forward to it.

Thanks again, Jeff! :D

ISEMAN said:

July 15th, 8:18 am

This game looks like a funky funtime blast, when is it going to be released?

I WANT!!!

Voozi said:

July 15th, 8:18 am

“Matt Morton is an Associate Producer at Sony Santa Monica”

Yes I have a question, is Kratos lurking somewhere at E3 and what will the little creatures in PixelJunkEden do if he is

;D see I kept it PJE related

Thanks for featuring my question btw in all these interviews :D

ChateauDIf said:

July 15th, 8:19 am

On topic: Matt Morton is cool!

tsaksyapune said:

July 15th, 8:21 am

go sony!!!!!!!!

lb003g0676 said:

July 15th, 8:22 am

Hahah Matt Moron more like, with that insane laugh.

Nah, I am completely joking.

Your game looks fantastic, and I would also be playing it all the time, and once it’s released I will be.

Excellent old man impression and awesoem way to get into gaming. But it’s a shame not all developers are as open minded about hiring as you, and that goes for all Sony’s first party.

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    mmorton said:

    July 16th, 12:32 am

    Gee, I\’ve NEVER heard THAT ONE before!! ;)

    Each developer seems to have it\’s own personality… some good, and others… well… just not for me, I\’ll say. What takes the most time is finding the right \’fit\’ and that\’s why I feel very lucky to be where I currently am. It takes time to learn what/who works for yourself, more than anything…. and that takes a lot of trial and error.

Fersis said:

July 15th, 8:27 am

yeah, love this kind of post.
i cant wait to hear something from the cool guys at insomniac.

stewey said:

July 15th, 8:27 am

Thanks for the awesome interview Matt! I can’t wait for PixelJunk Eden! I’ve almost beaten SSHD so I’m gonna need something to calm my trophy addiction!

darkwing_uop said:

July 15th, 8:38 am

guys, pls be on topic, this PJ Eden!

4n4rchy said:

July 15th, 8:39 am

Can’t wait for Eden. Also, nice advice on getting involved with a career in video games.

GGCAN said:

July 15th, 8:40 am

Thanks for the post.

Zezzler said:

July 15th, 8:57 am

PJ Eden Looks so sweet!!! i cant wait for the demo to come out!!!! I am so glad it will support trophies too, ps3 final has trophies, but there are no games that support it, Realy glad that this one of all the games comming out will support trophies.
:)

babybluedb said:

July 15th, 9:01 am

PJ Eden looks awsome this is one of those games i can talk my girl friend into playing cant wait until the release

Scodo_Thope said:

July 15th, 9:09 am

PixelJunk Rules!

freemantim said:

July 15th, 9:38 am

Morty!

Will there be online multiplayer?

afrosheen said:

July 15th, 9:44 am

I like this guy, he seems very jolly.

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    mmorton said:

    July 16th, 12:33 am

    I am!

C-h-a-o-s said:

July 15th, 9:52 am

Looking good can’t wait to try it out. Just picked up PJM and i’m loving it so far!

DryvBy said:

July 15th, 10:13 am

I just hope they announce a HUGE trophy update today :D

chip5541 said:

July 15th, 10:14 am

What was the inspiration for Eden?

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    mmorton said:

    July 16th, 12:37 am

    Dylan Cuthbert at Q-Games worked with Japanese artist Baiyon, who did both the visual and aural elements for Eden.

    Check out Baiyon\’s site at: http://baiyon.com/english/

Fersis said:

July 15th, 10:24 am

Eden is day one buy for me.
Cheers man

saunderswan said:

July 15th, 10:26 am

sweet family guy rocks :D

EternityInBlack said:

July 15th, 10:36 am

Heh Hey Matt. Didn’t know you jumped to SCEA! Keep it up.

Aerfox said:

July 15th, 10:39 am

Good luck at todays E3 Sony. and enjoy your tacos.

haran_elessar said:

July 15th, 10:51 am

So I’m guessing that they added online co-op for Eden. That was the game that everyone was asking for it to be online…if it’s true then great news! I guess will now in the next hours…

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    mmorton said:

    July 16th, 12:38 am

    Sorry, local co-op only. Online is reserved for the leaderboards and trophies!

    MMMmmmmm…. trooooopphhhiieesss!

Edu said:

July 15th, 10:55 am

LET’S GO SONY!! BRING IT ON!!

saintfighteraqua said:

July 15th, 11:04 am

I have been waiting for another Pixel Junk game, I can’t wait!!!

Onna76_NL said:

July 15th, 11:07 am

May I congratulate you for the most originality and fun you’re creating in your games for the PSN?? Its amazing how you guys pull it off, first Pixeljunk Monsters which is favored by everyone and now Pixeljunk Eden which simply looks breathtaking. Elefunk and this are my first day downloads :-)

se7enthsign-psn said:

July 15th, 11:43 am

Big Jack Tretton is on stage. He looks a little stressed. I think he knows we are watching…waiting.

OrganicShadow said:

July 15th, 11:48 am

Can’t wait for Eden and Dungeons, and I hope you guys continue to make great PSN games into the foreseeable future.

Thanks Matt!

se7enthsign-psn said:

July 15th, 11:50 am

Kinda funny. Jack is talking about how important exclusives are.

tsaksyapune said:

July 15th, 12:27 pm

damn, im selling an e3 winner here now unveil god of war !!!!!

tsaksyapune said:

July 15th, 12:28 pm

smelling*

Violater said:

July 15th, 1:08 pm

Jeff
is the new PS3 sku the same as the existing 80gb with BC or just the regular 40gb with a bigger hard drive.

Kratos_Thy_God said:

July 15th, 1:34 pm

god of war 3 really good teaser though i think everyone would have liked gameplay better,resistance 2 great as always,little big planet looks fantastic other than that it was ok but next e3 dont talk about the ps2 you could have announced much more videos.

Sorrow880 said:

July 15th, 1:51 pm

I’m really disappointed. The 80 GB isn’t backwards compatible (meaning no unit is BC now). Only one unannounced exclusive was shown for the ps3 (MAG) and it’s just another shooter. No info on White Knight Chronicles, and no info on Team ICO projects. NO new RPG’s announced. So that’s my honest feedback–disappointment. Sorry I couldn’t get excited.

Elsa43 said:

July 15th, 2:02 pm

Does Canada get the movie DL service????

afrosheen said:

July 15th, 2:58 pm

@sorrow880: I imagine most of the Japan-centric devs will wait till the TGS to talk about their games, like they do every year. BTW E3 sucks now, this year was the lamest yet for everyone across the board.

Wisdom Wanderer said:

July 15th, 2:59 pm

Sorrow! The 80 GB is compatiible! This was a great move on Sonys Part!

Wisdom Wanderer said:

July 15th, 3:00 pm

Sorrow! The 80 GB is compatiible! This was a great move on Sonys Part! On topic; Pixel Junk Eden sounds very interesting and looks very unique. Keep up the good work Pixel Junk!

lobotomies4free said:

July 15th, 5:01 pm

Thank you so much Matt and the whole Pixeljunk team for what you’re doing for gaming and in games. Me and my girlfriend love your stuff.

In the interest of getting it in the hands of more people PLEASE get Sony to help you out with some advertising. My girlfriend may be totally excited for Eden but she wouldn’t have any idea if it wasn’t for me. Please get a creative advertising team behind you that could pitch and quickly explain your product to all these potential customers out there. I look forward to your future projects

Wisdom Wanderer said:

July 15th, 5:24 pm

I must’ve been mistaken. Guess not. Ohwell atleast the new users will have more space for the psn titles. ;D

serendipiddy said:

July 15th, 6:11 pm

yay!!! more fun games!!

..cant wait!!

mrnagy88 said:

July 16th, 7:25 am

Sorry to be off topic, but Sony, are the new 80GB ps3’s 65nm RSX and Cell?

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