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  • Failed Elric Video Game?

    Can anyone point me in the direction of the alleged Elric video game? I heard it was released for Playstation back in the 90's. Not interested in acquiring it - just kinda curious to see some screenshots and a bit of info about it.
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

  • #2
    A quick Google on the key words brought up the fact that there was supposed to be a game, perhaps called Elric The Necromancer for the Playstation, to be brought out by Psygnosis in 1997/ 1998, but the game got cancelled. According to Mr M., they couldn't find a sophisticated enough engine to make it work properly.

    http://mapage.noos.fr/moonchild/CIVI.htm
    [broken link]

    ...

    In German, Here:
    http://www.games-guide.de/pcgames/adventure/e/elric.htm

    And This:
    ( http://cordoleani.computers-guys.com..._news/news.htm )
    And scroll down the page to the Elric section and click on the image links at:
    ( http://cordoleani.computers-guys.com..._jeux/jeux.htm )
    With artwork from an outfit called Haiku Studios Direction Artistique : Olivier Cordoleani, Design Graphique : Thierry Sapyn. There's even a PDF document detailing the background, conception and design.

    Click on reduced image:


    Looks rather good. If there was a version for the PC, with graphics like that, I'd be tempted to buy it. I know Psygnosis also did the Discworld games and unfortunately went belly up, a year, or two ago.
    Last edited by Rothgo; 04-22-2010, 08:16 AM.

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    • #3
      Surprising they were never able to get a workable engine together - shame Black Isle didn't get a licence to produce something. Fallout, Baldurs Gate and Planescape Torment were some of the best RPGs ever made.

      Bioware is still around - they might do a fairly good job, as would Bethesda. Hope Universal don't farm the game licence out to EA - like New Line did with LOTR.

      We'll wait and see I guess.
      Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

      Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by devilchicken
        Surprising they were never able to get a workable engine together - shame Black Isle didn't get a licence to produce something. Fallout, Baldurs Gate and Planescape Torment were some of the best RPGs ever made.

        Bioware is still around - they might do a fairly good job, as would Bethesda. Hope Universal don't farm the game licence out to EA - like New Line did with LOTR.

        We'll wait and see I guess.
        Planescape Torment was one that sprung to mind, with me today, as well.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the links Androman. There was also an isometric version of Elric which was due to be developed by a Russian company called Snowball Interactive for the PC which once again never got to see the light of day:

          http://www.snowball.ru/stormbringer/

          Shame as it had great potential.

          Surreal might also have a good chance of developing a game engine for an Elric game, so long as they still have people in the team with experience from the development of their Drakan game for PS2.

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          • #6
            Actually that Snowball interactive effort is the one I remember being touted in games magazines a few years ago. From the look of those screenshots it could have been pretty good.

            From what the developers said it seems that they had distribution troubles - and as a result the project got canned. Unlikely that it will be picked up again - seeing how graphics technology has moved on in the years since.

            Its as frustrating as seeing the screenshots for the original Fallout 3 that Black Isle started to make before interplay canned them (and then went under themselves)
            Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

            Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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            • #7
              Utilize your Ignore Function now...

              Is it just me, or does anyone else think that the picture above makes Elric look as if he has breasts?

              No? Just me then. :oops:
              "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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              • #8
                Lol I noticed that - I was also wondering why Elric was thrusting his hips forward too. Methinks he's been at the yellow wine a little overmuch?
                Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

                Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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                • #9
                  He's just pleased to see us...
                  "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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                  • #10
                    looks a bit like a neverland pirate in a west-side-story-like bad boy pose. And Stormbringer is made of aluminium or something????

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                    • #11
                      Well, I quite liked the angular face and the tall, lean and lanky look. But, the sword's just not trying hard enough.

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                      • #12
                        oh, the character and the games screenshots do look awesome. Just the style of it all may not be very appropriate for a representation of Elric.

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                        • #13
                          hi

                          hello im moonchild,someone contacted me reply to that thread
                          im a graphic artist that worked on the elric game for psygnosis
                          feel free to ask me any questions about it.

                          anyway theres a link with concepts and screenshots there:
                          http://cordoleani.computers-guys.com...lric/index.htm

                          and you can see the game in that video as well:
                          http://cordoleani.computers-guys.com...doleani_jv.zip

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                          • #14
                            Hi.Ive been looking some Moorcock works adapted on pc also,but sometimes it is hard to make proper adaptations on any media on a sufficient level..But i think it is time to make one good really..

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