Live Killzone 2 interview

Guerrilla answered your questions.

Killzone 2 developer Guerrilla Games has spent an entire hour answering your questions about the multiplayer beta test.

Senior online game designer Eric Boltjes and senior producer Angie Smets have answered everything from whether there will be more chances to join the testing, to if we'll see a demo at some point in the future.

The full transcript follows, with the earliest questions and answers first.

Our live coverage of this event has finished.



Super Moderating Hero: OK! First, please could you both give us a little background information about what you do at Guerrilla and why you are so famous?

Angie Smets: I wouldn't say we are famous! Well, my name is Angie Smets, and I am the senior producer for the online multiplayer.

Eric Boltjes: I am Eric Boltjes and I am senior game designer on Killzone 2, specifically focusing on everything multiplayer!

I also am responsible for our community site:


One of the most obvious outlets for feedback so far has been previews on places like Eurogamer and IGN, and the comments readers have made about them. Have you seen anything in those that's helped?

Eric Boltjes: We have gotten an amazing amount of feedback on our beta from multiple sources and it has all been really helpful! We changed many things in the final game according to the feedback we got!

Angie Smets: We did three beta tests in total, and each really helped by getting feedback on the tweaks we made.

Eric Boltjes: Well, one of the things we changed since the beta is the Revive ability camera. We got lots of feedback that it was confusing and disorientating when you got revived by the Medic. So we changed the camera to slowly move towards the direction you were going to face when you spawned, which helped a lot!

Angie Smets: Another example would be us changing the distance that the shotgun does damage from, or adding more presets for the controls.

Eric Boltjes: Yeah, lots of people wanted more flexibility with the controls, so we gave them lots more options!


Have you had to make any technological compromises in the beta compared to the singleplayer campaign? (En groetjes uit Maastricht.)

Eric Boltjes: Groetjes terug!

Angie Smets: Gezellig.

Eric Boltjes: Our aim was always to make multiplayer look just as good as single-player, and I am proud to say we have really succeeded. It was quite a challenge to get 32 players on-screen working with this much graphical detail, but I think everyone will agree it looks amazing!


Have you had to dramatically alter anything in your original plans because of results from the beta? Are there any meaty features being removed or significantly altered?

Angie Smets: No we didn't.

Eric Boltjes: Well it's quite amazing to see how our paper design from years ago actually turned out the way it did when we implemented it. It is always quite hard to judge how stuff is going to turn out and we didn't have to change anything major!


When will you be opening the beta up to the public or inviting more people to join? Will this be the last beta test you'll run for Killzone 2?

Angie Smets: I am sorry, this is the last beta test. So if you are not in now, there will not be a chance for you to join. I am sorry.

Eric Boltjes: You're going to have to be patient until we release!

Super Moderating Hero: Does that mean you're not inviting any more people to the beta?

Angie Smets: That's correct.


Why did you decide to leave out the cover system in the multiplayer, even though it has such a big role on the SP campaign?

Eric Boltjes: We ran a lot of tests with the cover system in multiplayer, but we just found that because of the 360 degrees nature of multiplayer, it just didn't really work. We found that it didn't add enough, and players would just rather not use it!


What's your favourite "perk" in killzone 2 multiplayer?

Eric Boltjes: We call them Badge Abilities! And my personal favorite is the Cloak Suit. I am quite the sniper and I just love hiding in the shadows, waiting for my next victim.

Angie Smets: Mine is the deployable spawn grenades, as this gives a great tactical advantage to your faction.


Super Moderating Hero: We tried to get beta keys for everybody that asked a question today, but Sony said there were none available. Could you maybe help? Or are we being much too cheeky?

Angie Smets: Yes, you are being too cheeky!


From our playtest of Killzone 2 at the Eurogamer Expo last month, it looks like a technical beast, matched by very few console games at the moment. Did you learn a lot of lessons from your previous games, and how have you found the PS3 to develop for? How hard are you pushing the console - could you get more out of it if you had more time?

Eric Boltjes: Killzone2 has always aimed to get the most out of the platform, both in gameplay and technically. Of course there were some very hard lessons during the development but the technology itself is simply amazing to work with. The power and memory allowed us to do things we before could only dream about!

Angie Smets: What we definitely learned from Killzone 1 was that you need to start development of your online portion of the game at day one, and playtest from day one as well, which is what we did.

We also learned a lot from our Killzone 1 community.


Eric, you once told Eurogamer Killzone 2 will be a game everybody can get into, regardless of skill level. My experiences with the multiplayer beta say otherwise - I must have died every twenty seconds for my first half dozen matches. Are you concerned the game will be too tough for newcomers?

Eric Boltjes: We learned a few things about this during the beta and we have fixed them for the full game! For example, the "My Rank Only" game filtering was much improved and the join game options have been expanded to aid this! You should definitely find more suitable games in the final game!

Angie Smets: There are also the online bots, and you can use them for training, even if you are more skilled already, as they feature different difficulty settings.


Seeing as there are no more beta phases planned, will there be a demo for people to try?

Super Moderating Hero: And what about DLC - will that feature in your future plans, as there will be no more chances to garner feedback from the community?

Angie Smets: We can't really talk about our demo plans at this time.

Eric Boltjes: We are planning for DLC, but what exactly you are going to have to wait a little while longer to find out! But rest assured we are planning for it!


How close do you think the final product is going to look to the initial pre-rendered sequence we saw at E3 a few years back?

Eric Boltjes: That movie was our target for graphics and intense combat, we're quite happy with how the game looks and I hope you agree!


It's been a long time since that trailer - do you think the hype around the title has suffered because of the wait?

Eric Boltjes: The response to the Beta has been simply amazing and we have much more to show you!


Do you have plans for a themed area within Home? How enthusiastic do you feel about matchmaking and strategy-discussion possibilities in Home?

Angie Smets: We have yet to announce our plans for Home. But keep those public beta questions coming! ;)


Which games have inspired the multiplayer side of Killzone 2? Do you draw any features from Gears of War or Call of Duty?

Eric Boltjes: We draw our inspiration from lots of different places! Movies, games, real life! We really tried to make Killzone 2 stand on its own and be unique in its own way!

We really focused on making Killzone 2 multiplayer be really customisable and to be very community driven, with features like Clans and Leaderboards, so there is a lot to offer for any player!


Presumably there's a danger that your feedback is biased towards core and hardcore gamers when you're handing out keys to top PSN subscribers, journalists and people at your publisher. How do you avoid that? Or is that what you want anyway?

Angie Smets: We encourage everybody taking part in the beta to give feedback. And we had a wide variety of types of players participating.

Eric Boltjes: The good thing about getting feedback from 'hardcore' players is that they're really focused on the details of your game; the little niggly things that make or break a title. So getting feedback from them is always very good!

But you also need feedback from the more casual gamers, to ensure that everyone can enjoy your title. A bit of both really!


Super Moderating Hero: Do you think it's easier to launch a shooter on PS3 as there is less competition from games like Gears of War, Halo 3 and Left 4 Dead?

Eric Boltjes: Regardless of platform, we've always striven to make Killzone 2 the best shooter out there, and it struggled more against our own ambitions than to those of other products!

Again, we really wanted to make Killzone 2 something unique and stand out on its own!


Who's the best on the staff at Killzone 2 multiplayer? Could your team beat a crack-squad of Eurogamer readers?

Angie Smets: Well, I thought nobody would beat our QA team, but after watching some players in the public beta, I think they would beat them.


If you read the Eurogamer Face-Offs, many multi-format games appear to run worse on the PS3. Looking at Killzone 2, and at what you have manged to do with lighting, particle effects etc., is there an explanation why other developers are struggling to get the same results?

Angie Smets: We can't comment on that.


Super Moderating Hero: How's the website coming on? Did beta feedback inform the design of it any further?

Angie Smets: The website is coming along nicely, was great to get feedback on that as well during the public beta, and many good suggestions are being incorporated.

We got great feedback on the tutorials and how they could be further improved, as well as some good suggestions on the forum functionality.


Super Moderating Hero: Why did you pick the maps you chose for the beta? Are there many more in the full game?

Eric Boltjes: We wanted to make sure the maps in the Beta were varying in gameplay-type; meaning that we wanted one large map, one more indoor map and one small map just to see how the game would hold up in different situations.

Angie Smets: And the full game will have eight maps, and some really cool new environments.

Eric Boltjes: Again, of varying types and sizes!


Could you tell us something about the multiplayer hosting system? (I never made it into the beta) Is it dedicated servers? Is it P2P? What form of hit detection will it have? These are my biggest complaints with previous FPS games, where multiplayer becomes a lottery because of poorly implemented net code. (En groetjes uit Enschede!)

Eric Boltjes: Groetjes is our silly way of saying "hi" in this country! Groetjes terug!

We cannot say much about technical implementations of our networking code but rest assured we're doing everything we can to make it stable and enjoyable! This is also a reason why we did three beta phases; to test the networking code!


Super Moderating Hero: When does this current beta phase end?

Angie Smets: Last day will be this Sunday

Super Moderating Hero: And, finally, one we ask everybody - would you both rather have lasers for eyes, or be able to turn invisible?

Eric Boltjes: Invisible! For sure!

Angie Smets: Same here!

Latest comments

Sign in to comment on this livetext.
    Buran 12 years ago
    "From our playtest of Killzone 2 at the Eurogamer Expo last month, it looks like a technical beast, matched by very few PC GAMES at the moment"

    zuljin 12 years ago
    "Next time, how about an interview with the people who are actually making the game?"

    They are. They're the ones on the boards talking to people requesting improvements etc.

    I know theres occasions when producers are basically PR drones, but they're as hands on as you can get...
    Gazza_UK 12 years ago
    whoop at my question getting answered. Just shows you that if you post the same one over and over again EG WILL give in :D
    collateral89 12 years ago
    killzone 2 is 1 shit hot game by the sounds of things. a must get
    knightmt 12 years ago
    I would rather see all questions posted, and they can answer which ones they want.
    The questions were very ambiguous and they were very cagey, booooring.

    I could see that the moderators questions were trying to answer multiple questions at the same time, but it did not work.
    If you are going to have a live interview all the questions should be prepared,
    and they should have them already so that they might actually say something.
    Good try I still want the game, really sketchy interview.
    JYM60 12 years ago
    I'm convinced half of them are Tom using alt usernames. :D

    "Next time, how about an interview with the people who are actually making the game?"

    What? They are making the game, they're not just the usual marketing types we get.
    Les 12 years ago
    "Why didn't that question qualify? I thought it was genius!"

    1) There's no Dutch in your question;
    2) Everyone thinks his/her own question is genius but 99% of them aren't which is why most of the questions end up coming from EG staff

    Waldo 12 years ago
    Next time, how about an interview with the people who are actually making the game?
    Chuck_Norris 12 years ago
    Mr-Bozzey 12 years ago
    woo i got on the page !!! but EG did twist my question it was just who is the best and worst on KZ2 in the office and why ??? never asked if they could beat any Eurogamer readers 0_o
    Lukus 12 years ago
    Lots of crap answers given there, very, very cagey.
    mkreku 12 years ago
    I thought my question was better than a lot of the questions that were sent through!

    "Judging from the gameplay videos, the impressive destructive environments are available even in multiplayer. Are the destructive environments eye candy only or is it possible, for example, to kill another player that's hiding behind cover by shooting the ceiling above him, making it rain down blocks of concrete to crush him with?"

    Why didn't that question qualify? I thought it was genius!
    Tallon4 12 years ago
    Nice to see that the Dutch can programm too. I'm Dutch myself and my sister lives very near.
    Maybe I'll can visit them at Herengracht 410 Amsterdam to check out the SP???

    Now that would ne nice :)
    CunningLinguist 12 years ago

    I get it that we should show some respect and not ask questions which are too visceral, but the questions you asked that FO3 guy were just pathetic. If the person who is coming over for the chat isn't willing to answer all questions then he/she should stay home. This is Eurogamer not or or any other official website. They come here and expect exposure for PR correct answers to PR correct questions. Eurogamers no not want to read that so please just tell them to stay home. inFamous and KZ2 chats were ok, but the FO3 one was a joke.
    SilentScream 12 years ago

    I agree with that.. very annoying.


    Like what JahB said, there's always stuff you can and cannot say when doing interviews.

    Discussing why other developers can't seem to use the PS3 programming isn't something they can really answer.
    "Oh well, they must be shit and lazy, that's why."
    They can't really say why they didn't.
    JDub 12 years ago
    I asked three questions, but they weren't chosen for some reason. Well a similar one was....but by someone else. :/
    JahB 12 years ago

    since Guerrilla is owned by Sony, they probably can't make any statements regarding other people's (or company's) games, no reason to blame the dev
    killyourtv 12 years ago
    "Let's chat! But don't ask us anything specific, anything technical, anything about any other games, anything difficult, or anything our PR handler might not like."

    ronuds 12 years ago
    Every answer was, "we think we did a great job and hope you agree!"

    Very informative...
    Chufty 12 years ago
    That guys habit of ending every sentence with an exclamation mark was annoying!
    degville 12 years ago
    I asked about other environments, including trees and foliage as the question was not asked I can draw the conclusion that it was a sh*t question or that its obvious its only going to be urban environs or people are being tight lipped until the 4th of dec. I was mainly interested if they could keep the high quality gfx in a more real world scenario
    hahayou 12 years ago
    Let's chat! But don't ask us anything specific, anything technical, anything about any other games, anything difficult, or anything our PR handler might not like.
    Bertie 12 years ago
    And yes, unfortunately not all our live chatters are as open as we would like. But we do try to open them up, so to speak.

    There's a line between debate and asking a deliberately bating question to a developer, mind you. But mainly we're on your side - at least until people start trying to sell their girlfriends and relatives for beta keys, Tom.
    Bertie 12 years ago
    Do you mean the comment section from the previous blog post entry? It's a different article, unfortunately. Anything else would have been a technical hiccup.

    Yes, exclamation marks are infectious.

    Sorry if it seems lots of questions are coming from Eurogamer staff, but there often quite a lot of duplicates from readers, and questions staff don't seem to be covered by everyone else. Some are also reactionary and asked at the time. We're just trying to get as many across as possible.

    Thanks to all that did submit questions, though! Much appreciated.
    TipTop 12 years ago
    I little heavily moderated me thinks. EG I appreciate they approached for a little PR but lets have some debate. Bit disappointed with this session.
    Widge 12 years ago
    That was not the best Q&A I've read, along with Pete Hines. Bloke behind Resistance 2 did a better job of addressing questions from the crowd. Also pleased to hear NO keys given away as I was in a meeting for t he duration of this!
    RedSparrows 12 years ago
    'Unbelievably stunning'? Not from what I've seen, but it does look good.
    DerBasstard 12 years ago
    9 questions from the super moderating hero und 4 from mugwum who is editor of eurogamer ... i love community chats
    Arwin 12 years ago
    W00t. Second time I asked something in something like t his I think, and I get the second question.

    Although admittedly the first time was cooler, which was a question asked during an E3 live interview with camera, and then you see a real person on a video screen in your browser answer a question you've asked from a place thousands of miles away - and without paying! ;)

    (I think I asked a lady from Insomniac if the walking on walls upgrade from R&C had made it into the PSP version or something.)
    andijames 12 years ago
    safarilol nothing. Much better browser on a system that doesn't need to be re-installed every 3 months to speed it up :)
    rudedudejude 12 years ago
    Scoops 12 years ago
    +1 for the lack of auto refresh in Safari

    the_dudefather 12 years ago
    bet there are loads of stealth 'ps3 is shit' questions being posted
    Triggerhappytel 12 years ago

    Don't ask Guerrilla about that, ask Sony. Besides, it's incredibly old (and dull) news now, and the finished product is looking unbelievably stunning in its own right.
    zune_lai 12 years ago
    this is crap
    the_dudefather 12 years ago
    'We tried to get beta keys for everybody that asked a question today'

    You're too nice Eurogamer, its the thought that counts :)
    andijames 12 years ago
    These auto refresh things never work in Google Chrome
    CunningLinguist 12 years ago
    Why is it that most questions come from EG staff?
    Borealis_UK 12 years ago
    Hey EG get your auto-updating pages working in Safari already, everytime you do a chat session I have to sit here hammering refresh...
    rudedudejude 12 years ago
    Can you ask him about that scandal video released of the game which was totally fake before the ps3 was released and how much of a shoddy scandal it was?
    Moonprince 12 years ago
    "Super Moderating Hero: OK! First"

    fs, even the staff do it...
    Moonprince 12 years ago
    "getting" ???


    Apologie 12 years ago
    bring it back Eurogamer, what the hell is wrong with ya??? I'm becoming increasingly convinced of your incompetence.
    degville 12 years ago
    ooops i double posted how embarrasing...
    Gazza_UK 12 years ago
    Apologie 12 years ago
    wtf is this shit??? they erased the previous comment section???