game news Exoprimal: between Jurassic World and Anthem, what does Capcom have in store for us? The director of the title answers us
It was during a State of Play that they joked about Capcom’s new big project. The Japanese firm had chosen the PlayStation conference to show off and the least we can say is that it raised a series of questions. After an introduction video that cleared things up a bit, the game resurfaced at the Capcom Showcase. Parallel to the release of the latter, we were able to ask our questions to Takuro Hiraoka (Resident Evil 5, Monster Hunter World), director of the explosive Exoprimal.
Exoprimal, the new Capcom license
Exoskeletons and dinosaurs in a futuristic world. so it appeared exoprimal, the new Capcom license, last March. A very strange mix that had intrigued players, but nevertheless seemed obvious to Takuro Hiraoka:
Dinosaurs were the first idea that came to mind for the game, I thought it would be fun to face the threat posed by the most fearsome predators in history, and if there were hundreds or even thousands, the game would offer an intensity never equaled. prior to.
Once we had this idea, we thought that the only way to match this overwhelming strength and number of dinosaurs would be through futuristic technology instead of contemporary weaponry. This face to face between fearsome creatures and futuristic technology is the new experience that Exoprimal provided.
However, mixing Jurassic and Futurism in this way is not enough to produce a game. If the State of Play allowed us to introduce context, it’s hard to see where Capcom wanted to take us in terms of gameplay. Fortunately, two months ago, the developers gave us a more accurate and complete video presentation. We thus discover a game focused on action that does not offer a traditional mode History but a very mysterious way dinosaur survival.
In Exoprimal, you are immersed in a looping trial combat/war game run by Leviathan, which spawns the dinosaurs. This forms the basis of the main mode, Dino Survival, in which we have an evolving narrative. Instead of a usual campaign, you will have to, through this mode, find a way out of the endless loop of this war game.
In the latter, you play an avatar, which means that the main character is you, so to speak, and we hope you enjoy this feeling of being directly involved in the war game.
But concretely, what does this put into play? Well, in Exoprimal, two teams of five players who compete not by killing each other but by completing a series of missions as quickly as possible. If the nature of the different quests on offer hasn’t been revealed, Takuro Hiraoka has given us an overview of their diversity:
In Dino Survival mode, you form a team of five players to play 5v5. The rules are simple: complete all the missions given to you by Leviathan before the opposing team.
These missions are generally combat-focused, but there are a wide variety of them that give you the option of attacking other teams head-on or taking down a particularly imposing enemy by cooperating with the opposing team.
If thanks to these statements and the images revealed during the Capcom Showcase we begin to get a more precise idea of the type of gameplay and atmosphere that awaits us in Exoprimal, there is one point that remains quite mysterious: the history. We said it, there will be no fashion Country classic, but Takuro Hiraoka confirmed the presence of a narrative frame. However, given the various images revealed so far, it all seems a bit confusing at this level. So we tried to clear things up a bit with the director of the title.
Leviathan, AIBIUS… A very mysterious story
Let’s start with the basics based on what we know. Exoprimal takes place in a futuristic world where you take part in repetitive combat overseen by a company: AIBIUS Corp. The latter undoubtedly has an important role to play, but it was a bit difficult to understand his intentions. In some respects, one could almost imagine that AIBIUS had enslaved humanity for his own gain. If Takuro Hiraoka wanted to keep a good dose of mystery, he still enlightened us on the vision of this company:
AIBIUS is a company whose credo is the enrichment of humanity and the world through the latest technologies. It is also with this goal in mind that his next generation AI, Leviathan, was created.
The cause of the situation you’ve seen in the few game previews shown so far, as well as other details about the mystery behind AIBIUS, will become clear once you progress through the game.
This legitimate questioning of AIBIUS’s intentions, of course, goes hand in hand with Leviathan’s place. This artificial intelligence was first introduced to us as a voice to help us listen. So we understood that it was she who set the framework for the different missions of the mode. dinosaur survival and that, therefore, it played a more important role in the framework of the gameplay than in the narrative framework. And then there was this brief moment from the last trailer inviting us to find a way to destroy Leviathan… To tell the truth, we no longer knew very well which foot to dance with regarding the role of this artificial intelligence. Takuro Hiraoka allowed us to clear things up a bit, although again he remained quite evasive:
Leviathan only repeats the test combat sessions and in this sense it is neither an ally nor an enemy. However, as a player, you are stuck in this endless loop. The reason Leviathan does this will be revealed to you as you play!
Mods, dinosaurs… More information to come before launch
As you may have understood, there are still many mysteries surrounding the next Capcom license. As we have seen, some will come to light once the game is in hand. For those, we will have to be patient, especially since the game is not ready to be released yet. In fact, Exoprimal is scheduled for 2023 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series. Fortunately, Capcom is already planning to tell us in more detail about different parts of the title. While I was waiting to hear more, Takuro Hiraoka agreed to give us an overview of the Exoprimal progression system:
You will earn experience points by playing Dino Survival mode and you can use them to level up your character and exoskeleton. There are different rewards when you level up. They include skins to change the appearance of your exoskeleton, but also other rewards that affect its abilities. We will give more details about this system in the future!
As for the modes, we should also know more in the future. Takuro Hiraoka confirmed to us that the mode dinosaur survival It would not be the only one proposed. Impossible to know more at the moment, but invites us to “Stay tuned”.
Another question that will undoubtedly annoy dinosaur lovers of all kinds: What species can we fight with in the game? If the different images we have seen suggest many dinosaurs, it is difficult to say whether quantity is synonymous with diversity. Another point that deserves to be raised: will dinosaurs be the only creatures sacrificed in Exoprimal? If Takuro Hiraoka clarified this last point, he remained more evasive about the first.
You will fight against dinosaurs, sometimes against other players and also against dinosaurs whose bodies have undergone mutations while traveling through dimensions.
Soon we will give more information about the species included in the game.
You will understand, we will have to stay tuned to find out more about the next Capcom title. Especially since in addition to the communication about Exoprimal, the Japanese publisher has promised us a test phase for the lucky ones. During the Showcase, in fact, he announced that a series of closed tests would be launched before the launch of the title. Note that it is already possible to register for the latter at the official website of Exoprimal. Other information, this time provided by Takuro Hiraoka: the test phases will be a bit different from the final game. During the latter, the teams must imperatively be composed of five players, while once the game is launched “it will be possible to start a game without being complete”. He told us.
About the Summer Games Festival
What is Summer Game Fest?
There is no E3 this year, but we can still count on another world-class event: the Summer Game Fest, a great show dedicated to video game announcements that will come this year or the following. It was in 2020 that journalist and presenter Geoff Keighley opened this now unmissable festival for the first time. Last year the show featured stunning footage from Elden Ring; so inevitably the third iteration raises high expectations.
When does Summer Game Fest 2022 start?
The Summer Game Fest is this Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m. The show will once again be followed by a Dev Day session dedicated to the indie scene.
How to follow the Summer Game Fest 2022?
At JV, we will react live to LeStream channel announcements together with Maxildan and Aymeric Lallée in particular. The program will also be visible directly as a trailer on the JV home page. And for those who prefer to read, you will of course find our news throughout the conference. A written summary will also be available.
What is the program of the Summer Game Fest 2022?
Among the games that you cannot miss, the heir to Dead Space, The Callisto Protocol, stands out, showing us its first images of the game. For its part, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 presents us with its first level. Also on the program: Gotham Knights, Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, the first game from the studio of Aaryn Flynn (ex-Bioware) Nightingale, the JRPG One Piece Odyssey, the free-to-play Warframe or even Planet of Lana. Geoff Keighley further announced: “We’ve got a few new game announcements for this show and hopefully a few surprises if it all holds together. But it’s definitely a show that focuses primarily on things that are predicted..”