Interviews// Paul Wedgwood - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars

And I became completely obsessed.

Posted 9 May 2007 17:56 by
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is, it’s fair to say, one of the most highly anticipated multiplayer, first-person shooters ever made. It’s the follow up to Britsoft developer Splash Damage's Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and is set in the same bio-mech augmented cyberpunk future as Quake II and Quake 4.

After Quake III Arena, ETQW is the second multiplayer-only game in the Quake series, building on the gameplay of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory but featuring loads more vehicles, bigger maps and lots more. It is also, unlike Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, a full-priced commercial release as opposed to a free download.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is set to be released later this year on PC (“It will ship when its ready” I was informed) and following that, versions are also being developed for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. I caught up with Splash Damage’s owner and creative director, Paul Wedgwood, recently for a chat about his latest baby. Read on, for part one of our wide-ranging interview with Paul.

SPOnG: Hi Paul, so you’re showing off new levels today?

Paul Wedgwood: The Refinery level you played earlier, well that’s the first time we’ve shown that to UK press today. We showed the Valley level – which you also played earlier today - to the press at E3 last year and then we showed it at QuakeCon and at the Games Convention in Leipzig later that year.


SPOnG: How important are the hardcore community guys to help you see where you’re at with the game?

Paul Wedgwood: Yeah, the community guys are really important for us – along with the press, obviously – but we have eight of them visiting us today, all of whom run various Quake Wars fan sites from all across Europe. It’s not often they have actually been together in person, for most of them it’s the first time they’ve met each other today. But I think once the game is out there’ll be more LAN parties, tournaments and events – and they’ll probably see much more of each other then.


SPOnG: Can you give us a potted history of Splash Damage? How did you get from being modders to being triple-A game developers?

Paul Wedgwood: Well, as for me personally, I started out with an interest in id Software games in the early 1990s, running a bulletin board system in London called Cybernet BBS and I used to get hold of the Doom and Wolfenstein shareware files and distribute them, non-commercially, to friends and stuff. I loved playing those early id titles.

When Quake 1 came out, I was working as a server and network analyst. So I knew quite a bit about the internet back in those early days around 1997 and I started playing Quake online, joining a clan called Clan Earth-Quakers who were the oldest Quake clan in the world. A good bunch of guys. And I became completely obsessed.

I played Quake 1 Team Fortress for two… two and a half years constantly entering tournaments and leagues. And we won a lot of them and we did really well. I became the clan leader within a few months and I was writing for the UK Fortress Newsdesk website and I had a column on Barry’s World website for Team Fortress.
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TTexas 9 May 2007 22:07
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Well done. I've been following Doom/Quake/ET/ET:QW for years and you provided a nice synopsis via your interview with Paul. Thanks!

TTx
Tim Smith 23 May 2007 19:13
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TTexas wrote:
Well done. I've been following Doom/Quake/ET/ET:QW for years and you provided a nice synopsis via your interview with Paul. Thanks!
TTx


Many thanks - that's good to hear. So, you'll be pleased to know that an enormous Part III will be here before the weekend.
RifleRat 29 May 2007 07:17
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...and all the linux gamers hope there will be linux port of ET:QW as usual with id software's majer FPS games :)
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