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June 2nd, 2004, 07:16 AM
From HomeLAN:


Stargate SG-1 Game Interview
02 June 2004
John [JCal] Callaham

Stargate SG-1 has become one of the few TV shows based on a feature film that has actually surpassed it's source material in popularity and scope. The SG-1's team exploring the universe through the Stargate is about to start its eighth season and a new spin off show, Stargate: Atlantis, will also begin this year. Australian based game developer Perception recently announced plans to create a PC-console game based on the series and HomeLAN got a chance to chat with Perception's head Ben Lenzo to get some early details on their plans for the game, which will be published by JoWood.

HomeLAN - What can you tell us about Perception itself? What is it’s history?

Ben Lenzo - Perception was founded in 1995 and began working as a contract animation house to pay the bills. We did TVC’s and general contract work. Games were always the intention however. We did a number of contract jobs on few different games in the early days, but began developing our own titles in about 1998. We worked exclusively on coin-op games back then. Two games we did were Thunderboats and Top Down Racer. The company has now left its arcade roots behind and is working on the PS2, X-Box and PC’s.

Gaining the Stargate license has allowed us to differentiate ourselves from most other developers. We’re in a situation where publishers have almost complete control over the development process in terms of making big decisions. The developer is often left in the dark on a number of strategic issues in regards to where the product sits in its publishers lineup and projects can be canned with practically no notice and often without a real understanding of why that has happened. We try to work with a little more balance in the equation and be on an even footing with all our business partners.

HomeLAN - How did Perception get the rights to make games based on Stargate SG-1?

Ben Lenzo - We contacted MGM some time ago and made our intentions clear about what we thought could be done with Stargate. We had a couple of false starts in getting it all happening, and although you’d have to talk to them for specifics, I’d imagine that they were able to see that we could do a great job with the license and that we weren’t just looking to cash in and create a poor tie in. They could see that we were passionate about the title.

HomeLAN - A lot of movie and TV based games are not very well done. What will Perception be doing to combat this trend with the Stargate game?

Ben Lenzo - You’re right that there licensed games based on a tv or movie tie in have a bad rap. But I think that’s somewhat changing. To be honest, we’re tackling it much like any other game. We have an audience. In this case, that’s hopefully gamers of a certain genre and in this instance also fans of the show. For the gamers, well, we plan on making a compelling game. Simple idea really… We’ll get into details of how we’re going to do further down the track though. For the fans of the show, we’re taking some of the major themes that have been in the show for the last few years and tying our storyline into that. Both fans of the show and gamers new to the Stargate universe should be able to pick the story up and follow along immediately.

HomeLAN - How much input does the TV show’s cast and crew have in the making of the game?

Ben Lenzo - We’re working extremely closely with the producers, writers, cast and MGM to get this thing right. We’ve just received face scans that we had done of the cast and are busily implementing them into the game. We have a pretty good relationship with them all. ON a non game related note, we’re just about to finish some VisFX work for an upcoming Season 8 episode called Avatar actually.

HomeLAN - What can you tell us about the storyline for the first Stargate SG-1 game and how does it relate to the events of the TV series?

Ben Lenzo - Well, we’re keeping this puppy under wraps because we think it’s gonna be one of the cool elements about the game, but let me say that we take some of the major themes of the last 7 years, add a brand new enemy that links beautifully into many of those Stargate themes, and simply, just kicks ass. For fans of the show, you could probably say that the words Anubis, Replicators, Oma, Ancients, and Harcesis, will all feature prominently in the storyline.

HomeLAN - What can you tell us about the gameplay for the first Stargate game?

Ben Lenzo - Well, it’s pretty early on, but we’re working on (for want of a better term) an FPS. Unfortunately, I can’t give away to many details at the moment, but we are planning on some non traditional FPS features, and some way cool unique multiplayer ones.

HomeLAN - What sort of locations and settings will be seen in the game?

Ben Lenzo - Canada, Canada, and Canada…Kidding. One of the best things about doing a game on Stargate is that we’re really limited only by our imaginations in terms of what locations we can create. We’re not limited by physical locations, or costs to create a real set. You’re gonna see some very cool and unique environments that you haven’t seen on the show…Plus some familiar ones from the show.

HomeLAN - What playable characters will be in the Stargate SG-1 game?

Ben Lenzo - You’ll be able to play as any one of your favourite SG-1 characters, dependant on the mission.

HomeLAN - What kinds of weapons and items will be seen in the game?

Ben Lenzo - All the stuff you see in the show (e.g. P90, zat guns, shotguns, Staff weapons) plus a few new ones.

HomeLAN - What enemies will be encountered in the Stargate SG-1 game?

Ben Lenzo - Can’t go into to many details but based on some of the story elements mentioned above, you’re at least gonna see Jaffa and replicators. We do have some other enemies up our sleeves however, both familiar to Stargate fans and totally new.

HomeLAN - What multiplayer elements, if any, will be put into the game?

Ben Lenzo - There are several multiplayer elements for the game depending on format. We have all the traditional stuff like deathmatch and CTF etc, but we’re planning on some unique Stargate multiplayer modes. Something that when people play, it they can instantly identify that mode of play with Stargate. We’re pretty excited about some of those. We’re also looking at some co-op possibilities.

HomeLAN - What other unique gameplay elements will be used in the game?

Ben Lenzo - That’d be telling…Sorry

HomeLAN - What graphics engine will Perception be using for the Stargate SG-1 game and how is it being modified for use in the game?

Ben Lenzo - Sorry John, this isn’t one I can answer yet for a few reasons.

HomeLAN - What platforms will the game appear on when it is released?

Ben Lenzo - PS2, X-Box and PC.

HomeLAN - What is the current status of the first Stargate game’s progress and when will it be released?

Ben Lenzo - The game is pretty well underway. We’re right in the thick of production. Obviously our publisher JoWooD productions are involved in this decision too, but the game should be hitting the shelves sometime in late ‘05

HomeLAN - Finally, what future plans do you have for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis games?

Ben Lenzo - We plan on making Stargate a marquee gaming franchise. We expect that ultimately this will include not only future SG-1 games, but games based on the new spinoff series, Stargate: Atlantis as well. While I can’t go into to much detail at the moment, there are some elements in Atlantis that we’re dying to get our hands on from a games perspective. Just some things in the show that they have which are very, very cool. At the moment however, we’re concentrating on SG-1. That’s not to say that there would be no elements whatsoever from Atlantis in this game…







Richard Dean Anderson Fans

June 2nd, 2004, 11:01 AM
So its a FPS...it's probably safe to say there will be some DHD dialing, and gate travelin' through the eyes of SG-1....excellent.

June 2nd, 2004, 11:32 AM
yes , i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, i want to kill some jaffa and some replicators , i hope u can be like anubis , like be in the jaffas point of view

June 2nd, 2004, 12:08 PM
Sounds rather a cool game altogether! :D

June 2nd, 2004, 01:27 PM
I hope that there will be an element of choice and strategy in the game play, as I find the pure Shoot-em-Up FPS games rather similar to each other. I agree it sounds good, so far, but so many spin off games have proved a disappointment in the past, IMO, and I find myself getting bored with the repetitive nature of a lot of FPS.

June 2nd, 2004, 06:45 PM
Do you think ALL the SG games are going to be FPS, or is there some chance that the rest of us might stand a chance of getting a game we can play, too? *sigh* :(

June 2nd, 2004, 07:12 PM
I think you are capable of playing a FPS, but you just don't want to :P

June 2nd, 2004, 07:29 PM
I think you are capable of playing a FPS, but you just don't want to :P
I have bad hand/eye coordination and I get highly stressed highly fast. Even if I could play it, I'd get all stressed out and I'd be a seething mass of knotted muscles. Contrary to popular belief, I don't enjoy being knotty. ;)

June 4th, 2004, 02:52 PM
Well there goes my plans for the next 4 hours *throws the plans entitled "KnottyShadow" out the window*

Anyway, FPS... Please please please not an Elite Force... that sucked ass.

June 4th, 2004, 04:12 PM
sweeeeeeeeeeeeet duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude


June 4th, 2004, 10:16 PM
I can't wait until this is released now, all I have to do in the meantime is twiddle my thumbs, watch Stargate, and um, can't say that here.

It looks really good, but it's a pity it won't be released for such a long time, though I would rather it take a while to make to ensure they don't stuff anything up or do it poorly.

I wonder who would get it on shelves first Australia or the US? Since it is made here you would hope that we would get it earlier or at least at the same time....

June 4th, 2004, 11:53 PM
The only thing that sucks about there going to be a SG-1 game is that I will have to buy it even if it sucks............PLLLLEEEAAAASSSEEEE don't suck, I don't feel like wasting $50.

June 5th, 2004, 01:59 AM
I really hope the game is good also. I don't particular want to waste around £35 on a game that really sucks

I would really want to go against Anubis or play as Anubis

Perhaps you could play as a System Lord like Anubis and you ahve to conduct an invasion on Earth

June 5th, 2004, 02:09 AM
It can't be as bad as the Stargate games released on the SNES and GB tho - so look on the bright side ^_^

June 5th, 2004, 02:21 AM
Geez, looking at all the prices you guys pay for games I am so jealous of you all now, here in Australia we pay about $80 per game on average, I can even remember paying $100 for the first Unreal Tournament shortly after it was released, I'm expecting the Stargate game to sell here for about $89.95. Please less!

June 5th, 2004, 02:23 AM
not everyone here talks the same type of dollar. When they say $30, they probably mean $30 american, not $30 australian

June 5th, 2004, 02:35 AM
Yeah I know, I was taking that into account, $50 US translates to about $70 here or so, and 35, sorry can't find pound symbol, is about the same.

One of the perks of running a computer business ..... wholesale everything.

June 5th, 2004, 02:37 AM
^_^ Or do what I do (although I'm in a slightly adventageous position, being British) find a country with a worse econemy than yours and import the game for half the price! As long as the GPB is still strong, God Bless America!

June 5th, 2004, 02:41 AM
Hmmmmm finding a country with a worse economy than mine........ maybe India or Russia perhaps, most of the places I would consider importing from are stronger than mine, so i'd end up paying more lol, but I still want to get the DVD sets from somewhere else, they are releasing them too slow over here.

June 5th, 2004, 02:41 AM
Yeah, once more, God Bless America - Just make sure you can play region 1 DVD's and you have an NTSC compatible TV. Damn this PAL system of ours!

June 5th, 2004, 02:43 AM
Yeah, luckily I got two DVD players and both are region free, god bless Sony for my dual compatible TV as well, ah technology, wonderful stuff.

June 6th, 2004, 02:46 PM
To bad they won't make it for Gamecube. Oh well I'll just buy it for pc.

June 6th, 2004, 04:53 PM
At this point it sounds interesting...

Larry The Chevron Guy
June 8th, 2004, 04:19 PM
I hope it has some RPG type qualities.

I don't mind that this one is a FPS, but I hope they do something different with at least one of the other games. Maybe something like KOTOR. FPS's are all too similar to me and get boring quickly.

June 8th, 2004, 04:44 PM
I still like the idea of an Age of Mythology-style empire building game. Choose Goa'uld, Ancient, Human, or Asgard. Something like that. I think I could handle that. For a while, anyway. ;)

June 10th, 2004, 10:13 PM
That would be really cool, I loved those strategy games, my favourite part was always defense towers for some reason, I always thought those were the coolest parts to the games, seeing your opponents get fried with a tesla coil or something whahahaha.

I would love an RPG, FPS, or Strategy styled Stargate game, if they managed to do all three really well I would be in heaven. Oh that would be so nice.

June 10th, 2004, 11:44 PM
something like KOTOR would be great.

i've never been a fan of FPS.

lol, one of my favorite games was ToeJam and Earl.

man, those elevator rides were great.

June 10th, 2004, 11:48 PM
Something like KOTOR would be nice, FPS are fun, they take me back to my old days of gaming with Duke 3D and what not, FPS are really great for internet play i've found.

Strategy games were ok, but too many people either cheat or manage to wipe of off the map really quickly, anyone played Warcraft 3 against Koreans? That, is a slaughter.

June 11th, 2004, 09:48 AM
To bad they won't make it for Gamecube. Oh well I'll just buy it for pc.

I thought it was going to be on all platforms?

June 11th, 2004, 10:19 AM
The statement released said that the game would be multi-platform so it should be on them all, PS2, GameCube, XBOX and PC

July 20th, 2004, 04:21 AM
Man they better get some X-Box live support in there, then I can own you all with my FPS prowness.

July 20th, 2004, 04:24 AM
Yeah right, i'll whip your a$$ into a spongy mass.

July 20th, 2004, 06:00 AM
Do you think ALL the SG games are going to be FPS, or is there some chance that the rest of us might stand a chance of getting a game we can play, too? *sigh* :(
I'd like a nice Roleplaying game....::goes back to staring at the Neverwinter Nights box::

July 27th, 2004, 10:02 PM
Someone with conections relay this: WE NEED EXPLORITORY MODES ON THE GAMES TO LOOK AROUND THE SGC AND ATLANTIS BASE. Very, very important.

general caw
July 18th, 2005, 01:06 PM
hi, there is currently a great game currently online i thought people who view this site will be intrested, it isn't a FPS, its a addictive strategy game, where you control one of four races, tauri, goauld, asgard and the replicators.

its really fun, if you want to play go to this link:-


this will allow you to join my army, hope you enjoy the game,