December 4, 2008 // 10:11 pm
- Capcom's John Diamonon
answered the following question today via PS Blog: You're probably thinking, "What the flock is FLOCK!?"
Well, today you're going to find out because we have a little surprise for you in the free issue of Qore today.
Below are a couple of videos that show some of the quirky and original gameplay you'll see in the game.
I want to introduce you to one of my co-workers, Robby Zinchak. Don't let his young looks fool you. He's an up-and-coming associate producer extraordinaire who's ready to answer all your questions regarding this truly unique, downloadable game. Just don't ask him to show you his ID. (Just kidding Robby.)
Hi! This is my first time posting here, so I figure I should introduce myself first My name is Robby, and I'm the Associate Producer on FLOCK! here at Capcom. As mentioned previously on this blog, the new episode of Qore (available today!) includes both a video feature on FLOCK! and a fully playable demo!
The premise of FLOCK! is simple: you're a UFO (the 'Flocker') which seeks to abduct animals. Through the levels, you'll abduct these cute animals by herding them into your Motherflocker (yes, really, we named the ship that :P). But it's not a simple point A to point B operation - all sorts of peril and surprises lie between the animals and their destination.
For instance, in one level you'll play, there are crops between the sheep and the ship, so you'll have to make crop circles with your UFO's depressor beam to make a path for them to cross (finally we know the true purpose behind all those crop circles!). Through the game, you'll have to contend with numerous challenges. Among these challenges, your flock will face pits, scarecrows, water, bridges, and even trampolines that'll send them flying!
The full game also includes co-op gameplay, so you can bring a friend in to help you herd the animals. In co-op levels, you'll have to work together to get your objectives met. For instance, one player may need to lift a gate while another player herds the animals through the gate. It's a lot of fun, so look forward to it!
One of our more unique features is the ability to create your own maps with our built in map-editor. We use the same tool to make the official levels, so you'll have a lot of flexibility and power in the kind of maps you're able to make. Plus, you can even upload your maps online where you'll be able to share them with other players.
Each of the levels (over 50!) is replayable - there are bonuses to beating the map quickly and also beating the map perfectly by collecting all animals. As you beat levels, you'll unlock new abilities to use and items to place in the editor.
Sometimes you'll need to unlock something later in the game that'll help you beat a level earlier in the game perfectly. Between all the levels and modes included, we think you'll be getting a lot of gameplay value out of this downloadable game!
So, hopefully that's a good introduction to FLOCK!. Don't forget to download the FLOCK! Winter Qore Demo – you'll be among the first to ever play the game! It includes a full six levels, with three of the four animals unlocked to play with. We've even included the level editor to make your own levels!
I'll keep an eye out for comments here and reply where I'm able to. Keep your eyes out for more FLOCK! news in the coming weeks - we'll have lots more information coming soon!