Two Worlds II
x360a Q & A - Two Worlds: The Temptation
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We managed to steal yet some more time today of TopWare Interactive's James Seaman. This time, focus switched to the upcoming sequel to Two Worlds, The Temptation, published by SouthPeak Interactive and he was more than glad to answer a few questions for us.

Topic of conversation revolved around improvements in the series,  the mixed reviews on the original game and how they used it as a driving force with the new title. Check out how it went...


Hi, for the folks back home, can you please introduce yourself and your role on the team?
I’m James Seaman, Managing Director of TopWare Interactive, which is a fancy way of saying that it’s my job to make the game as good as possible.

Two Worlds: The Temptation was originally set to be additional content for the Two Worlds title. What was the reasoning behind making it a fully fledged title?
Once we had laid the groundwork for what we were about to undertake, we took a step back and realized the scope of the project. We were going to build a new engine, and create a game that was just as large as the original Two Worlds. At that point, we realized that The Temptation was much more than an expansion, and deserved to be a game in its own right.

The original title was met with mixed reviews. What have you learnt from the first title that you will carry over in to this new title?
That there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Everyone on the team was so excited to be working on a role-playing game that we tried to incorporate every little idea into Two Worlds right up until the end. The result was a game that had its share of uneven parts. With The Temptation, we’ve clearly delineated what we are and are not going to do with the game from the start, and we’re sticking to that throughout the development process.

Are there any defining new features in the Temptation title that you are particularly proud of?

Plenty, but only a few I can share with you at this time. The thing most people will see right off the bat is how much the game has improved graphically, especially the characters. I’ll be the first to admit that many of the people in the world looked a little weird. We’ve completely overhauled the face mapping with The Temptation, so the residents of Antaloor will look much more realistic.

Can you give us some more info on how you’ve “completely revamped” the combat system of the title?
Basically, we’re giving players more active control. There will be active blocking, it will be easier to incorporate special attacks, and combat will be less about button mashing. In all, combat will be a more involved and rewarding experience.

The announcement press release mentions “intricate missions”, can you give us more of an insight in to how you’ve achieved this?
You bet. With the original Two Worlds, we felt we fell into the fetch quest trap a little too much, so this time around we’re doing everything we can to avoid that. Many of our quests will have multiple options and solutions that work independently of one another. This means that you don’t necessarily have to talk to a specific person to get clued in, and in fact, some characters may play off one another during a quest. This new structure allows us to pull off things like murder mysteries and bargaining in a much more meaningful way.

Considering all the negative feedback you received about controlling the mounts in Two Worlds, do you regret making it so you are controlling the rider instead of the horse? Will Temptation look to fix this?
I think every game designer has regrets attached to every video game ever made, so we try not to get hung up on past failures. Instead, we’ve taken players comments to heart, and are working make improvements based on that commentary. Mounted combat is one of the things seeing major change. The mounts themselves will be able to deal with terrain better, and not get stuck in odd places. We’re also making attacking from a mount less about guesswork, and more about skill.

Will we be seeing a bigger world this time around or just more substance within a similar sized world?
The Temptation actually explores the eastern reaches of Antaloor, beyond the Drak’ar Desert. In total, the world will be larger than that presented in the original game.

It must be tough for the team to hear all the criticism regarding the game early on. Did you use that as a driving force to make Temptation a far better title?
Absolutely. We actually don’t have a problem with criticism as long as it’s constructive and attempts to offer a solution. Anyone can say, ‘This game sucks!’ Those kind of comments you gloss over, but when someone takes the time to point out faults and give examples of how things could be improved, we’re all ears.

Are we likely to see a pre-release demo for The Temptation?
I can’t say for sure, but my guess right now would be no. We weren’t able to do this with Two Worlds beforehand because it was simply too hard to boil a huge game into a capsule sized demo, and I have a feeling things will be the same this time around. That said, once the game shipped, we were able to go back and put together a demo.

Do you plan on releasing additional content for the Temptation title like you did with the original? If so, have you looked far enough ahead as to what it might entail?
We’d like to, but for right now we just have to worry about finishing up The Temptation.


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Comment #1 by Dark Aspire
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 07:46:33 PM
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FIRST. Awesome.

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Comment #2 by Mr Arrow
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 07:50:03 PM
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I actually loved (not just liked) Two Worlds. I'm really looking forward to this. Thanks for the interview.

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Comment #3 by Elerigo
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 08:03:54 PM
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I also like teh game a lot, not loved, but liked. the first one had a solid gameplay behing it all, that have kept me comming back time after time, and still have loads of fun with it.

To haters out there try going back and take in more that the first impresion, i acted like this game suks at first but i kept going, and its a solid game

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Comment #4 by The Dap
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 08:13:08 PM
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The first game was actually really good. Everyone needs to look past the 'Oblivion 2' veil because it isn't Oblivion so get over it.

I'm excited for the sequel and can't wait for it.

Oh and to those who bash Two Worlds, think about it, TopWare is one of the few independent developers left not owned by EA or Ubisoft. give the guys/gals some credit.

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Comment #5 by Andrew x360a
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 08:20:36 PM
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I enjoyed Two Worlds as a decent game in its own right. I was really miffed by the achievement glitches, but the game itself was pretty entertaining. Its certainly not Oblivion, but it was fun.

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Comment #6 by Blackout Down
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 08:21:54 PM
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Two Worlds is not a very good game no OFFENISE but its not good.Maybe this one could be better than the first one

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Comment #7 by nicksan
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 08:31:05 PM
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mayhap this game wont be terrible.

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Comment #8 by Kotaro-Fuma
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 11:42:50 PM
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Two Worlds was shit but no game is worse than GTA4 ^_^.

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Comment #9 by mrhobo
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 11:44:36 PM
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Wtf? Most of the posts here arnt saying Two Worlds Sucks.... Hurrah. Loved the game. cant wait for sequel

oh and theres no such thing as Oblivion 2, its Elder Scrolls 5

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Comment #10 by razzleson
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 11:45:34 PM
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As long as the frame rate issues that plagued the first one aren't in this one (which they shouldn't be with a new engine) this could be a very promising game.

Here's to me crossing my fingers for another fantastic Two Worlds game (but without the FR issues)

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Comment #11 by SengIV
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 11:50:49 PM
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Does anyone really care?

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Comment #12 by Jmashed
Monday, May 12, 2008 @ 11:55:11 PM
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Enough people care If they're going to make a sequel.

As long as this one doesn't lag on release I'll buy it(loved the first one).

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Comment #13 by Greg0fTheDead
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:09:52 AM
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I thought it was terrible but thats just me.

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Comment #14 by Axe Argonian
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:11:43 AM
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The first one was garbage. Why should I get this when Fallout 3 and Fable 2 are coming out around the same time? Even if this is actually NOT a technical mess, I'll still pass this for Fallout 3 and Fable 2 ANY day.

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Comment #15 by Raesvelgr
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:14:57 AM
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I Liked the first game quite a bit, it had it's issues but all games do.
I am looking forward to this one, and I still pick the first over oblivion,.

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Comment #16 by TristanValendro
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:16:32 AM
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The original was flat out broken.

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Comment #17 by VanIslePimp
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:21:15 AM
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I actually liked the first Two Worlds. I heard bad things about it at first and decided to rent it one day when I was bored. Needless to say I purchased it the next week. They did a lot of things right in the original. It's just unfortunate that people only concentrate on the negative aspects of the game.

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Comment #18 by Kotaro-Fuma
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:27:28 AM
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@ VanIslePimp

What were the positive aspects fo the game? I didnt find any...

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Comment #19 by lid
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:33:46 AM
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I think we all know that Two Worlds is shit...

I was unable to play that game it was so bad, it was torture and I regret laying my eyes on that game.

oh and thats just my opinion.

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Comment #20 by MonoNoob
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:40:05 AM
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the 1st one was incredibly laggy. the single player was so laggy that it overheated my xbox, causing the red rings of death. :(

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Comment #21 by Jackel2556
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 01:22:01 AM
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online was fun for the first one, all my friends made fun of me for playing it though, hahaha

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Comment #22 by General RP
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 01:47:21 AM
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I read that this game was suppose to be a lot better than the previous one but that is just another opinion.

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Comment #23 by cerealkilla187
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 02:27:18 AM
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Two Worlds had a ton of things wrong with it. But the few things it managed to get right, they got it REALLY right. I loved the item stacking ability in order to make a seemingly weak sword into a badass sword of badassery. Leveling up was awesome, giving complete freedom of how you wanted to make your character. I beat the game, got around 900pts for it. It was enjoyable if you could look past the many, many flaws.

And please, for the love of God, do NOT make me search for "The Taint!" in the sequel. I couldn't help but laugh every time someone wanted me to slay the taint

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Comment #24 by KingGotenW
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 04:58:52 AM
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i might get this game (depending on the release date, and if there arent any other rpgs out.) But please for the sake of Aziral DO NOT make us discover EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF LAND!!!! and no glitched dungeons!!!

other than that i might get this game.

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Comment #25 by broken serenity
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 05:12:52 AM
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i may get this sequal once it drops to around half price.

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Comment #26 by NJ Sucks
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 05:24:25 AM
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I agree with Tristan, the original was almost unplayable.

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Comment #27 by Honkymagoo
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 06:42:20 AM
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Loved this game. I feel like the people who hated it are the people who are so stuck on graphics are over gameplay. Yeah it had plenty of problems but honestly the game had some heart and I found it refreshing. Looking forward to this title for sure.

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Comment #28 by xTenebrous
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 08:27:47 AM
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I really enjoyed the first game, I wouldn't go back to it but it was decent enough to play through, I probably wont get this anytime soon, my money is going to Fable 2

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Comment #29 by borandi
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 09:34:57 AM
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Two Worlds was great. All the haters out there where expecting perfection. Aww, whats the matter - mummy didn't get you those sweeties you wanted? Daddy didn't get you that car in the right colour? Bunch of spoilt brats.

Rather than being mediocre everywhere, Two Worlds got various things very right, and various things slightly wrong. If you read above, they've redesigned the engine, so frame rate issues should not come into play here. You can't judge a second game by the first, given that they've taken the criticisms (i.e. detailed analysis, not brats spouting 'Your game is shite!') to heart and worked on them.

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Comment #30 by sir gibo
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 09:56:38 AM
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this game looks great the first one was great and this one will be better

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Comment #31 by braddelo
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 10:34:26 AM
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"the 1st one was incredibly laggy. the single player was so laggy that it overheated my xbox, causing the red rings of death. :("

And eating a potato chip gave me a heart attack. How the hell did you come to that conclusion?!?!?!

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Comment #32 by eXtreme 1138
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 11:06:33 AM
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I was one of the people who actually enjoyed Two Worlds. Sure it couldn't stand up against the likes of oblivion, but then again, not much can.

A bigger and better Two Worlds can only be a good thing. Looking forward to this one.


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Comment #33 by vgcollateral
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 11:24:39 AM
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cant wait, 1st one was great and this one looks to be even better

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Comment #34 by Ehnkil
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:15:13 PM
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Voice Actors, bravo I burst out laughing the first time I heard someone talking in the first game, also I thought the dialogue was pretty much trash. IMO. Like most people I was wholly disappointed in the first game because, before release it was being hailed as the Oblivion killer, which IMO, nothing has even come close to being. Overall I did enjoy the first game, I'm sure I'll never play it again, even to get that disgusting Achievement of visiting every location in the world, but it was enjoyable, and as long as they fix a bunch of the gripes people had with the first one it might be promising, of course I don't think many people will even think about grabbing this until after buyingbeating Fallout 3 and Fable 2.

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Comment #35 by Honkymagoo
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:27:34 PM
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Am I the only one who thought Oblivion was kinda lame? I never understood what was so special. As for the voice acting I thought the fact that it was super corny added to the game. It just made it even more fun for me lol.

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Comment #36 by technique420
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 12:53:11 PM
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two worlds had some great ideas..but it still can any one say it was even good when it was released after oblivion...if southpeak actully fixed all there mistakes this could be a great game

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Comment #37 by Richmyster6907
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 02:40:00 PM
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Two worlds=Good game but built completely wrong :(
Hope this new one goes great

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Comment #38 by AcA Black Fist
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 05:31:32 PM
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two worlds was the shits game ever full stop

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Comment #39 by wihoas85
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 06:51:33 PM
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full co-op campaign with achievements would be awesome if they could fix the lag and add huge boss enemies that can only be taken down by you and your co-op partner

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Comment #40 by orp08
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 06:53:05 PM
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If they actually release this game near Fable 2 or Fallout 3, then nobody will/should pick this one up... I personally wont buy this no matter the release date, unless it gets really good reviews from serious sites.
Surprised about the amount of people try to convince this game wasnt horrible, i remember after reading the reviews i saw a friend playing it, so i asked him, "Is it really that bad?" he answered me "i like it"... 2 days after that i never saw him put the disk again...
The fact that its made by a small company, doesnt mean it allows them to give us crap at 60, this isnt charity.

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Comment #41 by Greg0fTheDead
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 08:13:32 PM
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borandi, you are an idiot. you dont see me bashing the people that like the game. quit being a douschebag.

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Comment #42 by Sk8er_0208
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 08:21:27 PM
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there seriously making another one i played the demo it was horriable the fighting, casting spells, speech adn i was kinder dull after the first 2 or 4 minutes of playing

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Comment #43 by Sk8er_0208
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 08:23:44 PM
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...but the screen shots of this one looks a bit better, hope they don't make horriable dub from german to english agian

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Comment #44 by Bitis1078
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 03:05:02 AM
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just as long as they fix the language in this one it will be much better, but then there will be a ton of people on here knocking that saying "oh, I guess they learned modern english over night? huh?" For some people nothing is good enough. First one was good, but I discoverd oblivion a week after two worlds released. Never really went back to it. Will get the next one though.

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Comment #45 by quidyg
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 12:16:11 PM
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i'm not going to get it straight away and wait to see what reviews say as i got really excited about the first one and it mostly a disappointment.

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Comment #46 by EL1TExSN1P3R
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 @ 09:44:50 PM
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