If it's crap ... We'll tell you
During the Xbox One presentation yesterday there was one thing that was noticeably lacking for a presentation of a gaming console, games. Of the six games that were shown four of them were EA Sports titles. EA got to take the main stage to show off their new "Ignite" engine that all of their sports titles would be running on for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. What was shown was a video (see below) highlighting what the engine will look like and how it will play. However now it has come out that said video was comprised of the dreaded pre rendered footage, as said by an EA Sports representative.
(The video in question)
Ignite will be the engine that drives our sports games on PS4 and Xbox One. It will not be used for FIFA 14 on PC.'
The video uses assets pulled directly from the in-game engines, and was rendered to create this first look multi-product trailer. It's representative of where we expect our games will be when they launch.
Let that last line soak in for a second. "where we expect our games will be" That is in no way a definitive answer, but a rather astute way to say, "If it doesn't end up looking like that you can't blame us." This has always been the problem with pre rendered videos. It builds up anticipation and expectations for a product that doesn't really exist. Many games can use pre rendered videos well, but only if the person watching the video knows that they are not watching an actual representation of the final product. Take the Arkham Origins trailer that came out on Monday. WB Games Montreal did not at any point say that the video is what the game looks like or that you would even be reenacting that exact scene when playing the game. It was simply a pre rendered video put out there to generate hype and intrigue for the game. EA however made no mention of the pre rendered nature of the video shown, and from the way they presented the video at the event it left you to assume that this was actually how the games looked. The EA rep who confirmed that the video was pre rendered went on to say that there would be an actual representation of gameplay at E3. For them I hope what they end up showing looks very similar to the video we saw otherwise I can see the backlash being quite a hassle for them in the future. EA getting backlash? Scandalous!
Were you at all surprised to learn of the videos pre rendered nature? How do you feel about the Ignite engine not being used for PC? Should studios stop showing pre rendered videos before they show actual gameplay footage? Let your thoughts be known in the comments section.