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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Release Date: Feb. 26, 2008 (US), Feb. 29, 2008 (EU)

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'Lost Planet: Extreme Condition' (X360) Gets Lobby/Matchmaking Revamp

by Rainier on Dec. 13, 2006 @ 9:53 p.m. PST

Lost Planet is a sci-fi FPS title with a strong MechAssault flavor. The main character is modeled after Korean actor Lee Byung Hun. Lost Planet has you battling huge aliens, bug-like creatures, mechs and other not-so-humans species in large city environments and cave dwellings.

In Lost Planet, human snow pirates navigate VS (Vital Suits) through hostile ice-covered environments, fighting against the indigenous Akrid creatures for the precious thermal energy they need to survive. For one such pilot named Wayne, death almost seemed imminent until he was fortunately rescued. However, he can only remember a few fragments of his past including the slaying of his father by the monstrous beings. Yet under the veil of ice, a devious plan has been set into motion for the termination of all Akrid and snow pirates alike. What really happened to Wayne? Who is plotting the destructive scheme? Encounter valuable allies and dangerous enemies on Wayne's search for the truth.

Lost Planet will contain an unrivalled level of detail as advanced light sourcing is used to ensure a realistic presentation. Enormous world maps unfold as players battle the menacing creatures during blistering weather conditions throughout vast snow fields and deserted cities on foot or with armed vehicles. Fostering a real-time loading system, players can expect a seamless experience that leaves them completely immersed. Multiplayer modes add to the value of Lost Planet by allowing players to partake in intense team battles via Xbox Live online game service. Expanding the Lost Planet world beyond the home, the mobile phone edition will feature a storyline that complements Xbox 360's version, downloadable content, multiplayer options and original gameplay mechanics.

The Lobby and Matchmaking system will undergo some major updates to the systems seen in the Multiplayer Demo, based on user feedback.

Changes include:

  • Private slots can be set by host!
  • Invite friends to a match
  • Number of players in a room will be displayed next to name of the room
  • Players will not be kicked all the way out to the main menu if they try to join a full game
  • New button allows players to refresh the match list without going out to the main menu and selecting Quick Match again
  • Players will now go to a post-game lobby at the end of a match, not kicked back to the main menu
  • The ability to replay a match with the same group without leaving the post-game lobby
  • Cycling maps on replayed matches when map selection is set to Random
  • Text size on the team selection screen will be greatly increased when using non-HD resolutions.
  • When manual team selection is set to ON, players will have 20 seconds to form teams.
  • The time limit on each match will be maxed out at 60 minutes, instead of the current unlimited time.
  • A player’s custom match criteria will now be saved.

Full details :

Navigation Changes

In the demo version of Lost Planet, selecting Player Match presents three options: Quick Match for searching for all available games, Custom Match for defining search criteria to search for specific game types, and Create Match to create and host a match. This step remains the same in the final version.

Searching for a game brings up a list of open matches. This screen will undergo a number of changes.

First of all, due to user feedback, next to the name of each host hosting a match will be a readout of the number of players already in the room compared to the maximum number of players allowed, so players will know how full a room is before they enter.

The second update will be that if the player tries to enter a room that has been closed or where the match has already begun, the player will not be forced back out to the first player match menu to then re-search for games.. Rather, the player will be able to immediately browse and select a different session to join.

There will also be a button set to allow the player to Refresh the match list without having to perform a Quick Match search again.

Post Game Lobby, Rematches and Friend Invites

The second major area to receive an update based on user feedback is the addition of a post-game lobby where players can rematch. We heard you.

Currently in the demo, after a match is over the scores are shown. This screen shows the team placement for Team Elimination matches, as well as individual rankings and points, and the user’s own stats such as Kills and Deaths. When players exit this screen, they are taken back to the Online menu where they can select Ranked or Player match or any of the other menu options (Ranked and other options are currently greyed out in the demo).

However the game will be updated to give all players in a match the option to play again with the same players. If the player that hosted the match opts not to play again, the game will be closed and all players will have to search for a new match to join. But if the match host opts to continue and rematch, anyone else who elects to rematch will be taken back to the host’s lobby, and the match will be open for new players to join.

Rematches will use the same match settings as originally set, including the stage. However, if the stage is set to Random, this will select a new stage at random with each match, much like Gears of War cycles through the stages in order when the stage is set to Custom Cycle. So players can continue to play with the same game type and same people, letting the game switch the stage each time. In order to change the game settings, the match must be disbanded and created again with the desired settings, just like in Gears of War (this is an annoying feature in Gears of War that may change with the upcoming update – if changed, our explanation will also need to change).

Additionally, one option available in the retail release but not seen in the demo version is the ability to invite friends and reserve slots through Private Slots.

When setting up a match, the host will have the ability to reserve Private Slots for friends up to the max number of allowed players to allow Friends special access. With this, it is possible to hold completely private matches, and matches with enough slots for friends with room for additional players.

Combined with the Rematch option, players will be able to stick with their friends through multiple games.

So, if you wanted a fully private game in a party setting, all a host would have to do is specify that all 16 slots are reserved for friends and invite them in, set the map to random, and enjoy your session. If you wanted a semi-private game, but wanted to max out or increase the number of players beyond that of your friends, you can do that too by specifying a lower number of players for friend slots and letting Xbox Live fill in the rest.

Team Formation Changes

The next major set of updates is being made to the match launch countdown screen.

First of all, it was noted that the text for the Gamertags listed in the middle of the screen, showing which team each player is on with the option to change teams (when the Change Team option is turned on, something that was not available in the demo but that will be available in the final version), is currently small and difficult to read on SDTVs. The size of the text will be increased dramatically. However the development team has noted that in the event a game, such as Fugitive, has 1 player versus 15, the 15 names for the one team may spill over to outside the list area and possibly cover up the team name. But this unavoidable issue is minor and most likely will not be a probably for the majority of matches.

Additionally, another point that was raised regarding the match launch countdown screen was team selection. Currently there is no team switching available in the Demo version. However in the final version, the team selection will take place on this screen. Players will be able to press the button corresponding to the team they wish to join (2~4 teams).

When team switching is set to ON, the countdown timer will give participants 20 seconds to finalize teams on this screen. When team switching is set to OFF, players will be given 10 seconds to view the team list and confirm team sides and teammates.

Features :

  • Frenetic action - Lost Planet is a fast-paced third-person shooter with all the depth, intrigue and intensity of a science fiction classic.
  • Xbox Live enabled – Experience an array of gameplay possibilities with downloadable content, online cooperative and versus battles.
  • Vehicle based gameplay – Command highly powered armed vehicles and weapons not only to help players traverse the treacherous terrain, but to eliminate the terrifying enemies that threaten their survival. Or, strategically switch from vehicles to on-foot gameplay as dictated by the situation
  • Vast arctic environments - Snowstorms, arctic winds, and towering mountains of ice are all stunningly realized, creating a truly immersive and cinematic event of epic proportions.
  • A premier team of developers – The creators of the critically acclaimed Onimusha and Devil May Cry series have come together to create the expansive world of Lost Planet.

Lost Planet will launch throughout North America & Europe onJanuary 12, 2007.


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