In a move sure to bring the industry in line with the rest of the developed world, Free Radical has pledged to begin paying overtime to developers who work long, late hours on their upcoming FPS Haze. Previously it was industry standard to ask devs to work late for standard pay and a theoretical bonus at the end, but after realizing this practice is tantamount to enslaving natives and chopping their feet off when they get 'uppity' Free Radical has departed from the long-standing tradition.
The most striking point about this story is that the entirety of what makes this piece newsworthy is a newly acquired feature of employment at Free Radical that is almost universally taken for granted in other professions. If game companies weren't so adept at hiring starry-eyed kids straight out of university with almost no regard for their own health or wellbeing, they'd all have been forced to live by the same standards as butchers, bakers or candlestick makers long ago. Sadly, since everyone who gets into the gaming industry would kill their parents for the chance they've been given, it wouldn't be entirely shocking to hear Activision change its name to Amistad Games.
As Hamza just noted, Haze hits this week, and the developers have been busy answering questions on the Ubi forum. To our surprise, the May 16 update reveals two ugly technical facts about the game: a rather large required ins...more
Here's the song by Korn that was made Ubisoft's and Free Radical's Haze. The song is called Haze and Korn performed it live at a concert. The song is available on Korn's new album that was released overseas. To quote the pres...more
Yes, Ubisoft will finally be releasing their first-person shooter Haze for the PlayStation 3 on May 20. Like you, we're crossing our fingers that there will be no more delays. But if there is, at least we'll get a chance...more