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Published on August 23rd, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

NaturalMotion Makes Tackles Dynamic with Backbreaker

There’s never been a football game thus far that had dynamic animations for tackles. On the same note though, there have never been consoles powerful enough to compute that kind of math until now…

NaturalMotion looks to make that football game. BackBreakers, releasing next year exclusively for next-gen consoles (expect this on Xbox 360 and PS3 unless one of them throws down mounds of cash for exclusivity), integrates dynamic tackes into it’s core gameplay.

BackBreakers Screen 01

Middleware developer NaturalMotion, known for its euphoria and endorphin motion synthesis technologies, has announced that the company is now moving into game development with Backbreaker, and upcoming American football title developed exclusively for next-generation consoles.

Currently scheduled to ship in 2008, the game will take advantage of NaturalMotion’s euphoria motion synthesis engine to “set the new standard for in-game animations in the football genre,” according to the company. The euphoria technology is also used by a number of other high profile upcoming releases, such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

So basically, this football game can be summed up with one word: Sick. Not the bad kind of sick either, I’m talking “dynamic tackles that never happen more than once” type sick – and that type of sick is full of awesome.

Dynamic tackles based on the same technology that drives Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (which is amazing, to say the least) is a serious accomplishment. Based on the video alone, I want to play as much as humanly possible. What video, you ask? This one:

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BackBreaker Tech Demo

Someone tell me I’m not the only one itching to get my hands on this one!! The Star Wars tech was awesome on it’s own, but to see it being used in a football title as well as expected juggernaut Grand Theft Auto IV brings it quite a bit more intereste from yours truly.

If anyone from NaturalMotion wants to let the community get hands on this one, make sure to let us know here at GAMINGtruth!

Major thanks to IGN for the video.

NaturalMotion Tackles Game Development With Backbreaker [Gamasutra]

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