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Vietnam DLC And The Near Future

Q&A With Magicka Developer, Arrowhead Game Studios
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Ed.: This story was written prior to Arrowhead's Vietnam DLC release, which is now available. Magicka: Vietnam hit digital distribution vendors on April 12 for $4.99.

As previously mentioned, Arrowhead is gearing up to release a DLC pack set in Vietnam. It was first announced at GDC 2011 back in March, revealing that the four mages will be traversing through the country's war-torn jungles trying "to do what so many '80s action stars have done in the past: blow stuff up." This is a long way from the Norse-themed fantasy world. What was the inspiration behind the upcoming Vietnam expansion pack? Why take gamers into Vietnam after previously leading them through the fantasy setting? This I had to know.

"At first it was just blurted out by someone at the office, and the more we thought about it, the more it seemed awesome," Lasota explained. "We started discussing it back and forth and decided to go with it, and Magicka Vietnam was born."

What other settings are planned for Magicka in the future? New York City? Outer space? Will the mages save Santa Claus from devious goblins trying to take over the North Pole this Christmas? "I can't give much away at the moment," Lasota said, probably grinning from ear to ear. "Let’s just say that we will try to keep you on your toes."

So what's next for Arrowhead after Magicka? I couldn't get anything out of either Lasota or Stenmark other than the studio's DLC plan and patching. "Other than that, well, time will tell," Lasota offered.

Although the title strikes a sensitive nerve, the DLC features Vietnam-based maps, weapons, and vehicles. But the antagonists will consist of Goblin-Cong and other fictional adversaries. The mission at hand is to liberate prisoners from a POW camp and then make way through a jungle towards the evacuation helicopter. In addition to that scenario, the DLC also contains a new survival challenge map with increased difficulty in direct response to requests from the community.

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    vexun11 , May 4, 2011 5:59 AM
    This is a fun game, worth the $ for sure
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    belltollsforthee , May 4, 2011 6:16 AM
    Great game, love the comedy and elemental spells
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    Ragnar-Kon , May 4, 2011 8:02 AM
    Great game, that is for sure. Arguably the best $10 I've spent in my life.

    Also a great article, particularly regarding DirectX/OpenGL and APIs. I remember reading an article a while back talking about removing the API and coding on the hardware directly. Having done some DirectX/OpenGL work myself, the first thing that came to mind for me was "wooah, thats gonna take forever." Glad someone else on this planet agrees with me. Just not feasible for smaller studios.

    Although he does seem to be a fan of DirectX, which I am not. Not only do I think OpenGL is easier to code with, using OpenGL could easily open up a whole new market for games, especially with the ever-increasing Mac popularity (not to mention make our Linux friends happy).
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    jrnyfan , May 4, 2011 10:08 AM
    This is one of my top 5 games I currently play, it's worth ~$20 but the fact that it is ~$10 makes it amazing. I haven't had this much fun in multiplayer since Goldeneye64...
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    cknobman , May 4, 2011 1:20 PM
    I just picked up Torchlight off of Steam and am currently having a blast. Magicka looks very appealing, especially for $10, but reading reviews it seems as though the game is very very buggy and unpolished. As the game was released 4 months ago can anyone comment on the state of the game now? Have any of the bugs been fixed or is it something you just have to live with?
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    Anonymous , May 4, 2011 2:03 PM
    Bought this game on Steam a couple of weeks ago. It's fun, but be aware that multiplayer may not be on the standard that you're used to. It's very much P2P hosting, which comes with its usual problems of having the right ports open/forwarded. The hosting machine has the save file, so if the person who's been hosting isn't available, the rest of you will have to start anew. Dedicated server software is something that would be pretty desirable here.
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    teaser , May 4, 2011 2:20 PM
    cknobmanI just picked up Torchlight off of Steam and am currently having a blast. Magicka looks very appealing, especially for $10, but reading reviews it seems as though the game is very very buggy and unpolished. As the game was released 4 months ago can anyone comment on the state of the game now? Have any of the bugs been fixed or is it something you just have to live with?

    So far ....21 updates since january,the game is in a much better state then it was on release day........
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    sirmorluk , May 4, 2011 2:33 PM
    Best $10 I have ever spent. My 6 year old spends hours on it and has completed it a couple of times along with the Nam challenge. Me? Well I suck at it.
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    Camikazi , May 4, 2011 3:20 PM
    sirmorlukBest $10 I have ever spent. My 6 year old spends hours on it and has completed it a couple of times along with the Nam challenge. Me? Well I suck at it.

    QRSAER as weapon enchantment or as AE spell is very helpful :)  and FQFQAAS for a beam :) 
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    Gman450 , May 4, 2011 3:24 PM
    Magicka is a great game. Really nice.
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    Trialsking , May 4, 2011 5:57 PM
    Its definitely a fun game. But it is alittle short. But its is only $10
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    ikefu , May 4, 2011 7:34 PM
    Hmmm, I think reading this article may have just cost me $10...
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    Niva , May 4, 2011 8:06 PM
    Really enjoyed this game, been meaning to pick up Vietnam. I never got all the spells my first time through the game though.

    I also never played multiplayer... hmmm, weekend project coming up, figure out how to play with my friends on that :) 
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    belltollsforthee , May 4, 2011 9:25 PM
    cknobman Have any of the bugs been fixed or is it something you just have to live with?


    @cknobmna
    I can only speak for my system,i52500k cpu, 6950, asus mobo. The game is great and no bugs that i have noticed, i just bought it 2 weeks ago, its great!
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    cmartin011 , May 4, 2011 10:07 PM
    this looks very promising to be a good short came this article just cost me 12.99 for the whole pack lol :-)
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    philipjacobs , May 4, 2011 11:52 PM
    qfqfsaa
    qrqrqrqr(s)"or"(a)
    qfassss

    Veitnam is awesome!
    Seriously though, I'm sick of zombie games, how about an aliens and predator mode?? Similar to Alien Swarm???
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    Camikazi , May 5, 2011 3:00 AM
    ikefuHmmm, I think reading this article may have just cost me $10...

    I lucked out, friend told me about it few weeks ago when the game and all it's expansions (minus the new Marsh one) were on sale for $5 :) 
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    Morton , May 8, 2011 12:07 AM
    Arrowhead Game Studios could make a fun remake of Cannon Fodder.
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2011 9:22 AM
    I see your angle, but IMHO this article misses the point of the game, which is hardly anything grafix related (1997 much?).
    In some respects this game is truly space age. I don't play it but if you watch the collabs on Ytube you get the social addictiveness shooting through the roof. It's very simple design and concept shine in an environment which is still mainly dominated by old age games, namely single player campaigns.