John Wick Hex Developers Comment On Why The Title Didn’t Work as a Turn-Based Game


After demoing the game to DualShockers at E3 2019, the developers behind the upcoming strategy game John Wick Hex revealed that the game was originally pitched and envisioned as a traditional, turn-based strategy game.

For those that don’t know, John Wick Hex is more of a real-time strategy game, with an action timeline on the top of the screen that pauses and starts gameplay based on different actions. This, in turn, allows the game to feel more like the movies. According to Mike Bithell, the studio head behind the game’s developer Bithell Games, the original version of the game didn’t really capture the spirit of the fast-paced movies because it utilized a different system.

“It was XCOM with one character and it sucked,” said Bithell, during an interview with DualShockers. “It was the worst version of what you imagine when you think of a John Wick strategy game. It was slow, it was deliberate, and you’d do your move and then you’d watch as five guys would just take turns to shoot John.”

Nic Tringali, the co-designer and lead programmer for John Wick Hex at Bithell Games, agreed that this version of the game didn’t feel right for what was presented in the movies and explained the importance of the “timelines” in this version. “It doesn’t really feel right even though all the moves are there, the look is there…it doesn’t feel suited to what’s going on in the movies,” said Tringali. “So [we] pulled that out and went ‘ok, you have actions and it’s all on this timeline system.’ The most important thing is everyone is always doing something while you’re doing it…so that’s the fast-paced action of it…While the whole game will stop and pause and let you do your own thing, as soon as you hit go again, it’s full speed.”

While John Wick Hex wasn’t available for the public to try at E3 2019, multiple press outlets were able to get their hands on it. The game was able to bring home a ton of awards, including DualShockers “Best Strategy Game” Award.

John Wick Hex is set to be released sometime in the near future and will be available on PC and consoles. An exact date and list of platforms have not yet been announced.

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OlliOlli: Switch Stance Brings the Sidescrolling Skateboarding Games to Nintendo Switch Next Month


While the successful Nintendo Switch has seen tons of games from several different genres grace the system, a notable skateboarding games hasn’t come to the hybrid console yet. That’s poised to change soon though, as two critically acclaimed skateboarding games will be making their way to Nintendo Switch next month. These games are OlliOlli and OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood, sidescrolling skateboarding games that will be coming to Nintendo Switch on February 14 as part of a collection called OlliOlli: Switch Stance.

While this aptly named collection doesn’t feature much in terms of new content, players will have all the content from these two great games at their fingertips at home and on the go. These titles found success on PS Vita, so it makes sense to see them finally make the jump to Nintendo Switch. OlliOlli: Switch Stance is developed by Roll7, who created the original games, and published by Good Shepard Entertainment.

OlliOlli: Switch Stance marks Roll7’s second release since they stopped working on Laser League, handing over development of that title to 505 Games. While that multiplayer game was insanely fun to play, just like the OlliOlli games, but it failed to find the fanbase it needed in order to be successful, with a multiplayer title possibly being a bit too ambitious for a small indie team. Since then, they have released Not a Hero on Nintendo Switch in August 2018 and now OlliOlli: Switch Stance. 

You can check out the first trailer showing these games running on Nintendo Switch below. If you’d rather get the game elsewhere, OlliOlli is currently available on 3DS, Android, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox One and Wii U while OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is available on Android, PC, PS4, PS Vita, and Xbox One.

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