The Medium's Core Gameplay Feature Wasn't Possible On Current-Gen

Team Bloober has revealed that the hardware limitations of the current-gen made it impossible for them to implement the core features of The Medium.

The Medium's Core Gameplay Feature Wasn't Possible On Current-Gen

The developers of The Medium have revealed that the game's core gameplay feature was not possible on current-gen. The Medium is a forthcoming horror game for the Xbox Series X and PC and is being developed by Team Bloober, the team behind  and .

One of the most interesting aspects of future-generation consoles is the presence of SSDs. While SSDs have been a part of PC gaming for quite a while, it wasn't something that was present in all PCs consistently. This hindered developers from utilizing the potential of SSDs to the fullest, since doing that would inhibit a major chunk of the PC community and the entirety of the console playerbase from experiencing that particular feature. With the introduction of SSDs in consoles, developers will be able to revolutionize gaming with a number of new features. One of them is instant transition. With super-fast SSDs and higher capacity RAMs, games can have two completely different worlds with different assets, and players can switch between them on-the-fly. That's just one of the endless possibilities the added features have to offer for the future of gaming.

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In an interview with Gamespot, Wojciech Piejko, lead game designer of The Medium, revealed that the game has a unique feature that wasn't possible on current-gen. The feature, which has been patented by the developer, is something that has been on their minds since 2012, however, it could only be brought to action by the technological advancements in the next generation. While the developers mentioned the feature is a "super-secret", the patent available on Freepatentsonline shows what it is all about. The patent, entitled "Method of simultaneous playing in single-player video games," is about a method that would allow players to simultaneously control one character with several avatars in different universes. The incident in each world will have dire consequences on the other, and the character in multiple worlds will be shown together at the same time in the same viewport. A subtle hint of the feature can be seen in the clip uploaded by a Reddit user which has been trimmed from the trailer of the game:

While this might not be exactly what the developer and patent are speaking about, it does give a fair idea of what can be expected from the game. The concept of multiple realities in a horror game can contribute significantly to the overall player immersion. Without the hindrances of loading screens and with the raw power of future generation consoles, the developers aim to create an experience that has never been created before.

Parallel universes are something that has been a part of video games for quite a while. For instance, the Cause and Effect is the epitome of switching between multiple instances at the same time. However, those games don't completely switch the world, it is just intelligently switching back and forth between different assets to create a pseudo-different area, while the core assets remain the same. It will be interesting to see how The Medium is actually able to show multiple instances simultaneously without turning into a visual hindrance.

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Batman Actor Val Kilmer Explains Why He Quit After Only One Movie

Batman Forever actor Val Kilmer only played the iconic character for a single movie, and now the Top Gun star explains why he bowed out so quickly.

Batman Actor Val Kilmer Explains Why He Quit After Only One Movie

Val Kilmer dropped out of the role after only one movie, and now the Batman Forever actor has explained why he made the controversial decision. Released in 1995, Batman Forever was seen by many as a counterpoint to the exceedingly dark and gothic Batman Returns. New director Joel Schumacher took over from Tim Burton, and actor Michael Keaton was replaced by star Val Kilmer. The tone of his sequel, while still borrowing from Burton's aesthetic sensibilities, owed more to the classic 1960s Batman TV series than the pages of post-Crisis comic books.

The resultant film was a box office success, handily out-grossing Batman Returns. The acting was praised, particularly that of Kilmer, with Batman co-creator Bob Kane citing the actor's performance as the best onscreen version of the character. Jim Carrey's performance as The Riddler was also singled out for being delightfully manic. However, the critical response was more muted, with many decrying the film's relatively kid-friendly approach, especially compared to Burton's films.

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It came as a surprise to many when Val Kilmer retired as Batman after only one movie. In a recent New York Times profile, he discussed his life and career at length, including his reason for vacating the iconic cowl. Kilmer cites a behind-the-scenes encounter that left him sour on the role. One day, Kilmer remained on set and in costume after filming to greet visitors who wanted a backstage look at Batman Forever. Unfortunately, the visitors (billionaire Warren Buffet and his family) were less interested in seeing Kilmer in costume than they were in checking out the sets and props. It was then Kilmer realized that the actor playing Batman was of little importance.

This chance meeting led Kilmer to realize his skills as an actor were not necessarily relevant to the corporate blockbuster machine of franchise filmmaking. As he put it, "That’s why it’s so easy to have five or six Batmans. It’s not about Batman. There is no Batman." In hindsight, quitting the role worked out, since the subsequent film, Batman & Robin, is widely credited with killing the Batman franchise until 2005's .

Kilmer makes an interesting point about casting in Hollywood franchises. If the actor playing Batman chooses to retire, that means almost nothing with regards to the character's future. Batman (and countless other pop culture icons) are bigger than the actors who portray them. The casting of Ben Affleck in the role for 2015's was met with cheers. Just a few years later, Affleck is out and Robert Pattinson is the latest actor to be afforded the chance to leave his mark on the legacy of Gotham's Dark Knight. Pattinson inevitably won't be the last actor to play the black-clad vigilante, since (as the title of the 1995 sequel suggests) Batman is, in fact, Forever.

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