Road to Sunday Interview


posted 6/30/2005 by The GN Staff
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GamingNexus: How deep are the RPG elements?
Craig Ostrander: Road to Sunday’s RPG elements are extremely deep for a sports game. Road to Sunday introduces, for the first time in a football videogame, a focus on the individual position battles that happen every single play – like in a real game – with our Position Specific Gameplay™ (PSG), where the users have objectives they have to complete in any given game. Every play becomes a mini-game, so to speak, where gamer select one player on the field and try to achieve football related objectives on the field. When gamers play in PSG, they also have advanced controls that help successfully reach the player’s game objectives. There are seven different positions that gamers can select and control on any given play including the QB, Running Back, Wide Receiver, Defensive End, Linebacker and Defensive Back

Gamers can level up their players by doing well in rhythm-based workouts. These games include bench press, agility drills and running and are really quite challenging and fun. They’re done to licensed music and have great replay value. Additionally, gamers will fight against other players in the league and based upon whether they win or lose, they can level up the characters. Also, by doing well in practice gamers can level up players by achieving missions outlined for each of player on Sunday. There are four different levels a character progress through and each level represents a significant upgrade in performance. Not only will they increase the player attributes, which improves the player’s chances of being successful in the football game, but they’ll unlock signature moves for each position. The signature moves are more effective than your basic football moves. Gamers can also get unlock special abilities on the field that will allow them to get a sense of what the opponent is doing on any given play. Gamers can use these abilities to exploit their opponent. It’s some pretty cool stuff.

GamingNexus: How much control do you have in editing team and player names?
Craig Ostrander: Road to Sunday does not offer the ability to edit teams and player names.
That really doesn’t fit with the style of game we’re creating. We chose to focus on a solid gameplay experience in our story mode rather than creating a game that includes features that have been in games for years.

Road To Sunday presents a unique, sequential, episodic storyline that will provide both sports and entertainment videogame fans with the first ever sports entertainment drama. Blending on-and off-the-field action, Road To Sunday delivers a unique cinematic football experience where gamers must complete various missions, moving from setting to setting and character to character as dictated by the story.

GamingNexus: Will you be able to just play a season or multiple seasons rather than going through the story mode?
Craig Ostrander: Again, Road To Sunday will deliver an all-new sports gameplay experience with its sequential, episodic storyline. We chose to focus on one solid story mode rather than trying to be everything to everyone and thus the game is played just like an action style game. However, we will support and exhibition style head-to-head gameplay experience.
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