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Interview with Modern Dream’s Ollie Clark - LA Cops

IndieMonth | 20d ago
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Imagine for a moment that Hotline Miami and Syndicate were getting busy with Starsky and Hutch on the television across the room and the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” playing in the background. It’s essentially the combination of the four that produced indie studio Modern Dream’s fourth creation: LA Cops. It’s currently in development and in a nutshell, it’s a fast-paced, top down shooter with a touch of strategic planning…and it’s fun as hell.

Valenka managed to catch up with Ollie Clarke – not the soccer player – for an exclusive behind the scenes look at LA Cops.


VALENKA: How would you describe LA Cops to someone who’s never heard of it?

OLLIE: LA Cops is an addictive top-down shooter with a bright artistic aesthetic set to a theme of 70s cops in LA. The gameplay is addictive and reminiscent of Bullfrog’s classic ‘Syndicate’ in that the player has control of more than one cop that will cover the other as they attempt to keep the mean streets of LA clean. It’s an addictive gun toting challenge of a game.

VALENKA: You mentioned more than one cop in the game; how many are there? Do they have their own unique abilities or styles?

OLLIE: There are six playable cops in the game and they all start with the same attributes, however, as you play the game, you’ll be able to choose your favourites and upgrade them with new weapons and improved attributes. You’ll also see cutscene interludes with the cops that will show a little about who they are and how they fit in with the overall story. The cutscenes are abstracted from the game so that it feels like a soap, almost like an episode of Hill Street Blues or Starsky and Hutch playing out. Some cops are bad, some are good and some are just having a crap time with what’s going on in their life.



VALENKA: That sounds fantastically appealing; the whole theme of 70’s noir is paired perfectly with a cop adventure. Is there a story behind LA Cops or is it just primarily mission based?

OLLIE: Yeah, we want it to be modular so that we can hopefully expand the game after release. LA Cops is mission based with a briefing and the cutscenes are designed and written to sit alongside the levels, describing a specific moment and context of each cop’s day. For example, Jo Murphy is the first female cop at the department and a cutscene will show her experience as such.

VALENKA: What inspired the overall idea for LA Cops?

OLLIE: LA Cops was inspired by the classic top down shooters from the 16bit era. I played games like Syndicate and Archon to death; those games never stopped being fun and the challenge for LA Cops is to see if we can make a game as fun that people can enjoy on the PC and tablet or phone.

Theme wise, the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ video was an inspiration. I always thought that would make a great game, they just seemed to be having so much fun! That combined with the Modern Dream in-house art style we’ve been developing over the last year made it compelling for us to make an action game with attitude.



VALENKA: I have a sense that its theme will appeal to a wide audience spanning multiple age generations. I can’t wait to see how it’s received by the community.

OLLIE: It would be good if the game does appeal to lots of players from all walks of life. To be honest, we’ve been deliberately targeting the hardcore players, but I think you can do that without alienating other groups of people.

VALENKA: Since its being released for PC as well as Android and iOS, can we expect any platform-exclusive content or is it universal for everyone?

OLLIE: We’re aiming to have the content universally available for everyone. We want people to be able to enjoy the game no matter what their preferred gaming platform is.

VALENKA: Is there a chance we’ll see LA Cops hit the indie section of the Xbox Marketplace or the Playstation Store?

OLLIE: We haven’t approached either of them; however we’d absolutely love to see LA Cops on Microsoft’s Xbox Marketplace and Sony’s Playstation Store. The game works really well on [game] pads and would look great.

VALENKA: It looks like you hit the proverbial nail on the head with LA Cops. From what I’ve seen so far, the theme and the gameplay do the project great justice. Have you set an official release date?

OLLIE: Thanks! It’s definitely the game we wanted to make and we’re really pleased with how players have taken to it so far. We’re aiming to have the game out by the fourth quarter of 2014, however, we’re also aiming to have an early access version of the game available so that we can share the game sooner and fix the major issues that bug players. Having said that, we’re going to put out a solid version of the game; some people have taken advantage of early access and released shoddy content. We’re not going to do that.

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oasdada  +   20d ago
Wud definitely love it for ps4
LightDiego  +   20d ago
Success for you developers, the game looks really interesting.
oasdada  +   20d ago
We need more devs like these
SpeedDemon  +   20d ago
I'd give it a try, looks fun.
MrxDeath  +   20d ago
OMG this looks great and they are saying that they are trying to release it this year
lazyboyblue  +   20d ago
Early access is OK when done right. These guys seem on the level so I'll certainly check out Lacops if they choose to go that route.
randomass171  +   17d ago
As long as the game is basically playable and only has limited content and balancing issues, I think early access games are alright. Sometimes they're just lousy and buggy and a total waste. Those are the games you have to avoid.
beepbopadoobop  +   20d ago
yess bring this to the playstation store!
MightyNoX  +   20d ago
OLLIE: LA Cops was inspired by the classic top down shooters from the 16bit era. I played games like Syndicate and Archon to death; those games never stopped being fun and the challenge for LA Cops is to see if we can make a game as fun that people can enjoy on the PC and tablet or phone.
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Huh...and here I got a Miami Heat-vibe from it all. That'll show me. Love the aesthetics of it all.
coolbeans  +   20d ago
The basketball team? :P
dictionary  +   20d ago
I'll give it a try
Mokastro  +   20d ago
Seems like all the characters are unique, since each cop have their own story. I wonder how is the Death mechanism like?

i am very sold on the 70's LA cops stories(good,bad&ugly?). Reminded me of one of my Fav movies LA confidential.
There isn't alot of games set within this period, if there is any. Looking forward.
dota2champion  +   20d ago
thank you for not having platform exclusive content. exclusive content on one platform is just really stupid
LukeFair  +   20d ago
I like the art style of this!
gaffyh  +   20d ago
This game sounds really cool, some of the concepts sound great
shadowvisa  +   20d ago
cool
MisterAV  +   20d ago
I'm looking for it
ZeroX9876  +   20d ago
I was surprised the game is coming out on Android & iOS.
rambi80  +   20d ago
I'm really glad to hear about an android version. Still gonna beg for a vita version though.
BiggCMan  +   20d ago
Modern Dream, I love that studio name!
Disagree  +   20d ago
desperately in need of a quality mobile game
TheOnlyMastrx  +   20d ago
Makes it sounds really addictive, comparing it to Syndicate and all. Really hope for a console release in the future, that would be sweet.
Crazyglues  +   20d ago
So it's coming to Android and IOS could be really interesting to be able to play this on your phone.. or on an iPad.

They really should go ahead and approach Sony with a PSN release, they have been really supportive of developers..

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yoshiroaka  +   20d ago
Really love the art and style of this game. You can never go wrong with the 80's
JROD0823  +   20d ago
LA Cops looks really cool. More games like this, please.
pyrocloud7  +   20d ago
As I have said about other games, bring this to PS4 and I WILL BUY IT! Need a good excuse to start up my PS4 until October.
MYDEATH21  +   20d ago
Beastie boys XD
gobluesamg  +   20d ago
That's a great combination.
Virtua_Awesome  +   20d ago
A Syndicate-like game with 6 playable characters that you can improve in different ways? This game is sounding awesome! I hope it can come to XBLA or PSN someday as well.
TreFord  +   20d ago
Indies are getting huge in the years 2013-2014
Derekvinyard13  +   20d ago
Looks like they nailed down that 70s cop look
randomass171  +   17d ago
Yeah the aesthetic is brilliant. Love the art style. :D
DJ-DK786  +   20d ago
Honestly, it looks pretty cool.
RexDD  +   19d ago
PSN/XBLA Release?
randomass171  +   17d ago
If the game is a success they may port it. Who knows?
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