Persoonlijk was ik nogal sceptisch over het feit dat Funcom een nieuwe massive multiplayer game had aangekondigd. Midgar is de naam van dit nieuwe project en is in ontwikkeling bij een deel van het team dat ook meewerkte aan Funcom's vorige project Anarchy Online, dat zojuist online is gegaan.

Midgard zou vooral op gameplay en grafisch gebied de lat wat anders gaan leggen als we het verslag van de ECTS Techdemo mogen geloven. Vooral de presentatie van water en golven schijnt erg spectaculair te zijn.The first technology demo showed us water. Yes, you read correctly. Funcom has spent a lot of effort to create realistic water which will be a large part of the Midgard world in which you will live in. Ragnar increased and decreased the strength of the waves and you could see foam on the wave tops the stronger they grew. The waves themselves looked really amazing and you could not really say if they were real or not because every little detail was perfect; large waves had a lot of foam on them and bowed towards the front as they flushed through the (unfortunately very small) portion of the screen. We were quite impressed about what they did to us by simply showing us 50 square meters of an ocean :)

But that was not all. There was a light source in the air representing the sun which reflected on the water; the camera went under the water surface and you could see the sun rays coming through the surface and slowly vanishing within the depths where it shone on a whale slowly and gently making his way through the ocean. OK, so what was next?

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