Screen Play spoke to Insomniac's President and CEO Ted Price at the recent Australian media launch of PlayStation 3.
Ted: "Hopefully everyone knows this is a first-person shooter. This is a game targeting at hardcore players. When I say hardcore, I mean the guys that have been standing outside games stores at 2 o'clock in the morning two days before the PlayStation 3 launches to get their console.
It's also a game that's exclusively built for the PlayStation 3. We developed the engines and the systems to take advantage of the Cell's power. The game's big. It offers a single-player campaign that takes most people about 12 to 15 hours to play through. You can play it in its entirety in co-op mode, and it has one of the largest online offerings of any console game out there.
I want to talk a little about how we actually use the Cell processor. There's no way we could have made this game on any previous console, simply because there's way too much going on in the game at once. We've got a realistic physics system, enemy AI that's far more sophisticated than what we could have supported before, we've simply got tons of stuff happening.
The reason we can do this without dropping frames on PlayStation 3 is because of the SPUs. The Cell is comprised of a main processor, called the PPU, and a bunch of co-processors called the SPUs. The SPUs are really good at doing math. So we can take complex routines like physics, navigation and collision, and farm them out to each of these SPUs where they are processed in parallel. Because they are possessed in parallel, it simply means that we can get a lot more done per frame. Doing more per frame means that you can have a lot more immersive, more believable experience in the game.
So you can use the PlayStation 3 to create a game that is very detailed, very realistic and looks great. But one of the questions that we asked ourselves early in development was 'Can the PlayStation 3 actually make games that are more fun?' We've come to the conclusion for first-person shooters that the answer is yes, and here's why...."