Budding game designers will want to check out Agetec's RPG Maker 2 when it materialises in the fourth quarter of 2002. It's already out in Japan, but interest will obviously hinge on the English-language release, announced at E3. The second release in the RPG Maker series will allow 'players' to create a turn-based 3D fantasy RPG with help from a variety of tools, which will allow the user to generate or design their own characters and monsters, edit backgrounds, special effects and the very shape of the world, as well as script events and dialogue. And of course, once created players can play their way through to their heart's content. With only an 8Mb memory card upon which to store data, RPG Maker 2 will presumably be quite restrictive, and is much less of a bedroom-developer tool than the original Net Yaroze, but it's something different, and if you've ever sat through a sequence of dialogue in an RPG and wondered if you could do any better, now's your chance. Related Feature - Modern games are rubbish
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