Danny Bilson doesn't do interviews like other high ranking videogame executives. The THQ core games boss is happy to talk frankly about not only announced games, but unannounced games. This, we're not used to.
Here, in a wide-ranging interview with Eurogamer to coincide with the beginning of German expo gamescom, Bilson does exactly that, discussing at length Dawn of War III, yes, III, the next UFC game, reveals when Vigil's Warhammer 40K MMO will be out, gives Tim Schafer much love and says something he probably shouldn't have about Guillermo del Toro.
Oh, and then there's Bilson's thoughts on Space Marine, Company of Heroes Online, Gears of War, Uncharted 2 and more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks.
Eurogamer: If you were to liken the experience Space Marine offers, what would it be?
Danny Bilson: It's kinda close to Gears of War except it's not a bunch of hunkering down behind things and shooting around them. It abuses cover.
A Space Marine doesn't need cover because he's got his Power Armour. He will just destroy cover when the enemies use cover. We have these sequences where the Space Marine just smashes and then hacks him up with his chainsword.
It's intentionally mocking the Gears of War mechanic, which of course is spectacular in its own right. But we're differentiating based on our experience of being an Ultramarine. That is exactly what you are in this game.
You play a very special Ultramarine on a forge world that's being raided by orks. Of course, the orks don't know what they're getting into. They're just raiding.
The plot spans and twists and it brings in... You know I'll get in trouble from the marketer if I give you the whole story.
Let's just say there's a lot more than orks going on in that forge world.
Eurogamer: My next question was going to be: is it an ork-only affair?
Danny Bilson: No. There is a dark secret going on on that forge world, that some of the most nefarious elements of the Warhammer universe are behind. They explode on the scene in the second act of that game.
Eurogamer: You couldn't possibly be talking about Chaos then?
Danny Bilson: I could be. The great thing about that race is it's multifaceted, right? Chaos has demons and Chaos Marines and all kinds of crazy stuff. If we were doing that there's a lot of opportunity there.
Eurogamer: The game will probably be compared to Gears of War.
Danny Bilson: Well, that's up to you. It's about being an Ultramarine and you are a part of a unit of five Ultramarines and there are other Ultramarine characters involved in it.
I love the story of this game. It has a fantastic story with a lot of twists and reveals. And remember the game does have a deep multiplayer experience that we'll be talking about later.