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Reports from Spore Hero Day

Posted by ballightning on September 17, 2009

Last week a group of bloggers from around the internet went to Maxis HQ to try out various new Maxis games, especially games for the Wii and Nintendo DS. These included Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena. Here are the highlights from around the blogisphere:

From SporePrograms:

A couple of images and a video has made its round on the internet today of the MySims Blogger Day event at EA Redwood Shores.  First up, we have a video posted by Wayne Schulz on Facebook. You have to sign into your Facebook account if you want to view it, but it gives you a general idea of the work an audio recorder has to do (No foley fartist for this one!)

Next, we have a few photos from Wayne which shows off Spore Hero, as well as the raid at the EA Store!

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And last, LadyM treats us with a picture from the MySims Audio Session!

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LootNinja – Spore Hero & Spore Hero Arena preview

Our demo was given by Product Marketing Manager, Aaron Krause. Spore Hero is a story adventure; your goal is to defeat Zarkhator and save the alien planet from the effects of his presence. The longer he stays, the more the planet and animals change and become evil. While exploring the planet you can find new parts that can be used to upgrade your creature while in his nest.

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DesignMom – Spore Hero & Spore Hero Arena report

I am not exaggerating even slightly when I say we spent 90% of our EA time playing video games. It was pretty much awesome like that. The schedule: visit the studio where the new Spore Hero game was developed (Spore Hero will launch in the next month, so this was a sneak peak). Meet the creators. See the cool office space. Visit the crew of guys who are paid to play the game and test it out (don’t you love that? it’s a real job!). Then sit in a room with a dozen Wii consoles and try out Spore Hero for ourselves. For as long as wanted to.

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Spore Hero/Spore Hero Arena Gone Gold

Posted by ballightning on September 12, 2009

Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena have gone gold, according to a press release IGN got hold off.

US, September 11, 2009 – The epic fight to save the galaxy is almost here as Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena go gold – officially completed and ready for manufacturing! Built from the ground up exclusively for the Wii and Nintendo DS platforms, Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena introduce a new level of action-packed adventure, creativity and combat to the critically acclaimed Spore franchise. Both games will be available at North American retailers on Oct. 6 2009 and internationally on Oct. 9, 2009. 

Spore Hero delivers the unparalleled creative freedom of Spore in an action-adventure game created exclusively for the Wii. Set in a rich and vibrant 3D world, Spore Hero empowers the player to become a hero as they embark on an epic quest to save their creature’s home planet from destruction. Along this journey, players will engage in challenging battles and solve puzzles to collect and unlock more than 250 new creature parts, all with unique abilities. These parts, which can be used to customize creatures in the revolutionary Spore Creature Creator, can change the way creatures will play and fight in the world. Players can also utilize their brawling skills in a dynamic multiplayer mode, where they battle their friends with their own customized creature to become the ‘baddest’ Spore hero around! 

Spore Hero Arena catapults players into a galaxy filled with fun and intense arena-based combat. Featuring an all-new story set in the same universe as Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena takes players on a quest to save planets in their galaxy from an evil force. Throughout the game, players create their own unique gladiator hero creature and guide it from planet to planet as they fight enemy creatures, collect new parts, gain upgrades and unlock special abilities that will benefit their hero. Developed with multiplayer capabilities in mind, Spore Hero Arena also allows players to battle with up to three friends locally or play with a friend over Wi-Fi, taking the Spore gameplay experience to an entirely new and interactive level. 

Available for $49.99 MSRP, Spore Hero is rated E10+ by the ESRB. Spore Hero Arena is available for $29.99 MSRP and is rated E by the ESRB. 

To learn more about Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena, play minigames and download fun content, please visit http://www.sporehero.com. For screenshots or press materials about the Spore franchise, please visit http://info.ea.com. Follow the Spore development team on twitter at: http://twitter.com/spore.

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Lone screenshot from Spore Hero Arena

Posted by ballightning on September 4, 2009

A lone Spore Hero Arena screenshot found by SporeBR.

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Spore Hero Arena DS – Dangerous Missions

Posted by ballightning on September 4, 2009

A new Spore Hero Arena video!

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New Spore Hero / Spore Hero Arena screens

Posted by ballightning on August 25, 2009

WorthPlaying has posted up some new screenshots for Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena.

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2 new Spore Hero – Spore Hero Arena videos

Posted by ballightning on August 22, 2009

Check out our Spore Hero page for more info!

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New Spore Hero/Spore Hero Arena screenshots

Posted by ballightning on August 21, 2009

Thanks to SimsDominations for finding these new screenshots of Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena!

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Gamespot Spore Hero Arena Hands-on

Posted by ballightning on August 21, 2009

Gamespot has had a hands on for Spore Hero Arena.

If you were expecting a little more action from the PC game Spore, then you’re in luck, because Spore Hero Arena is all about arena-based combat instead of primordial evolution. Because of Spore Creatures’ success on the Nintendo DS last year, Electronic Arts is hoping that Spore fans will want to take their customized gladiator on the go. You will still continuously upgrade or “evolve” your creature, but the bulk of the game is honing your skills to face galactic champions. The 3D creature creator in Spore Hero looks great, especially when compared to Spore Creatures. We had an opportunity to play through a preview build to get an idea of how the game works and see what the arena action is like.

The story takes place in the same universe as Spore Hero for the Wii, except in this case, you’re a creature that was happily flying its spaceship until a blue meteor knocked you off course. Luckily, you land on a planet where a cranky grasshopper-like creature with huge feet named Yeedo is eager to help you fix your ship. But before you collect all the necessary parts and go off on your merry way, he tells you about the tainted medals that he had once created, which were made from the shards of a red meteor and given to the winners of a galactic championship. Unfortunately, the medals possess some kind of evil power, which makes the wearer do bad things. Because you are immune to the effects of the red meteor and seem to increase in power when you come across blue meteor bits, Yeedo wants you to take on the brainwashed champions and win back the medals.

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GamesCom IGN: Spore Hero Arena Hands-on

Posted by ballightning on August 20, 2009

Theres alot of action over at GamesCom relating to Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena. Today i’ll be bringing you all the latest updates and news.

Check out the IGN Spore Hero Arena Hands-on!

Both Spore Hero and Spore Hero: Arena have the same overarching concept, though their execution and finer story points are all their own. Both games focus on the concept of red crystals that have fallen from the sky, and you – the hero – evolving as you explore the world and collect them all. With Spore Hero: Arena, however, the gameplay is far more… well… arena-based. After you’re forced to crash on an alien world you discover that the solar system has been shrouded in evil, with the power of myseterious red crystals being harnessed by the galaxy’s strongest fighters. After a little prep and training the game kicks you into a quest to track down the greatest fighters in the world, defeat them, and harness the power of the red crystals. This, of course, is done through the game’s self-titled arena combat.

For those that played Spore Creatures already on DS you’ll be pleased to know that the experience is entirely 3D this time around, and it certainly makes for a better pocket Spore offering. Creating creatures is extremely easy, using the touch screen for camera manipulation, part movement, and also movement when in the actual game. The game’s story progression also lends itself well to unlockable content – namely new parts for your creature – so as you explore you find new pieces, can then go back to the creature creator and evolve, and then use your new powers against bigger and tougher foes. Each time you find a piece or complete a challenge – be it in the game’s stage-like adventure portions or in the arena battles themselves – you’ll not only have a chance to acquire new pieces but also more DNA points. If we learned anything from Jurassic Park, it’s that Mr. DNA is an important person, and that rings true here as well. You won’t be borrowing code from frogs – at least I haven’t personally come to that part yet – but each collection of more DNA means you can equip those larger pieces you find.

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Spore Hero Arena and Spore Hero Release Dates

Posted by ballightning on August 17, 2009

The official release dates for Spore Hero Arena and Spore Hero have been revealed. Maxis today in a press release officially announced the coming of Spore to the Nintendo for the first time, with a worldwide release date of the 9th of Octerber, and the 6th for North America. Both games have been built from the ground up to provide exclusive gameplay for each consoles special controls.

Spore Hero delivers the unparalleled creative freedom of Spore in an action-adventure game created exclusively for the Wii. Set in a rich and vibrant 3D world, Spore Hero empowers the player to become the hero as they embark on an epic quest to save their creature’s home planet from destruction. Along this journey, players engage in fun battles, and solve puzzles to collect and unlock more than 250 new creature parts, all with unique abilities. These parts, which can be used to customize creatures in the revolutionary Spore Creature Creator, can change the way creatures will play and fight in the world. Players can also utilize their brawling skills in a dynamic multiplayer mode, where they battle their friends with their own customized creature to become the ‘baddest’ Spore hero around!

Spore Hero Arena catapults players into a galaxy filled with fun and intense arena-based combat. Featuring an all-new story set in the same universe asSpore Hero, Spore Hero Arena takes players on a quest to save planets in their galaxy from an evil force. Throughout the game, players create their own unique gladiator hero creature and guide it from planet to planet as they fight enemy creatures, collect new parts, gain upgrades and unlock special abilities that will benefit their hero. Developed with multiplayer capabilities in mind, Spore Hero Arena also allows players to battle with up to three friends locally or play with a friend over Wi-Fi, taking the Spore gameplay experience to an entirely new and interactive level.

Available for $49.99 MSRP, Spore Hero is rated E10+ by the ESRB. Spore Hero Arena is available for $29.99 MSRP and is rated E by the ESRB.

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Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena Fansite Interview

Posted by ballightning on July 31, 2009

Recently Maxis asked for the main Spore fansites to participate in a interview about Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena. Here are the results from the interview, and 4 exclusive images. Thanks very much to Producers Mathieu Cote and Jason Haber who answered our questions.

Spore Hero

Q: Is the game a sandbox like the PC game or does it have a definite ending and goal? – LadyM (Gaming Steve)

A: Spore Hero is a story-driven action adventure game with a very strong narrative element to it so we do have a very definite ending. Since this is Spore we made sure there are many roads you can chose to get to that ending and different ways for you to overcome the challenges along the way. Also, in this story, you decide what your hero will be, with total customization in the Creature Creator, made just for the Wii.


Q: Are you limited to one creature per game or can you change out to a different one during the game? – LadyM (Gaming Steve)

A: At any time during the game you can go to a nest and access the Creature Creator to change your hero into something different. You will have access to all the parts you unlocked so far, but you might not be able to equip them all right away. You will have to collect shards of the blue meteor scattered throughout the world as they are your currency in the Creature Creator. How many you have will dictate which combination of parts you can have on your hero and therefore which abilities are available to your character.


Q: Will you be able to use the online capability of the Wii to visit other galaxies from other players? – LadyM (Gaming Steve)

A: This is one of the elements where we are different from the PC game. Since Spore Hero is storyline-driven, we quickly realized that sharing wouldn’t make much sense. Whenever you make a game you have to make choices and one of those choices was to put our energies on making sure that the story was compelling and the game was fun.


Q: Is the Creature Editor with Spore Hero Wii the only customization we will have, or did you happen to include say, a plant editor or any other editors? – Judhudson (SporePrograms.com)

A: I have to be careful not to spoil anything from the story here, but I can tell you that you will be editing more than just your hero in Spore Hero. We already showed in some interviews that you would be able to edit some of the NPC’s in the world to help them with their problems, but that is not all. I really shouldn’t say anymore about this here.


Q: Any plans to have either a Wii specific Sporepedia to where we can download other people’s (or our friends’) creations to use them in our game or even share screens or videos? – Ballightning (Sporedum.net)

A: We do have a Sporepedia in the game where you will be able to collect your creations, but we had to restrict this to your very own console for many reasons. This Sporepedia is also where you keep all the characters you want to use in our VS mode where you can battle your friends.


Q: The Paint mode in Spore Hero Wii – can we now paint our creatures bodies in specific areas using the Wii’s motion controls or is it similar to Spore PC’s version where we just pick default skins and adjust the color? – Ballightning (Sporedum.net)

A: It is a lot closer to the PC game where you pick from some skin paint schemes. The fact that you can create any sort of crazy creature made this the solution that was best received by people who tried the game. It’s a simple and efficient way to get your hero to look just the way you want it.


Q: What type of customization is in Spore Hero? – Connor (SporeOperations)

A: We worked really hard to be able to bring the full editor from the PC game to the Wii. We have all the functionality and all the parts from the PC game as well as all the parts from the “Cute and Creepy” expansion pack. That leaves you with over 280 parts to play with. We made some changes to the interface and the controls to make sure that it would be easy and fun to use with the Wii remote and Nunchuk too.


Q: Does Spore Hero require any other Wii stuff? or will we just need the controller? – Connor (SporeOperations)

A: Spore Hero uses the Wii remote and the Nunchuk. For even more fun I suggest you get a second set of controllers and a friend for some frenzied “VS-mode-combat-action”!


Q: Is Spore Hero multiplayer? – Connor (SporeOperations)

A: We had so much fun with our combat system that we decided to add a VS mode that you can access from the main menu. You and a friend can each grab a Wii remote and Nunchuk, create your very own creatures (or use one of the pre-made ones) and battle it out! There are not many things as satisfying as creating a small pink ball with just a little leg and a beak and winning against your friend’s demon-looking predatory beast full of teeth and claws.


Q: Spore Hero for the Wii and Spore Hero Arena for the DS – any plans to link the two together to swap/view content between them? – Judhudson (SporePrograms.com)

A: This was another one of those tough decisions where we had to decide what we wanted to concentrate on. On this subject we decided it was a better investment of our time and energy to go for a deeper, funnier story and well-balanced and exciting gameplay. We did make sure that the story we were creating in the Spore universe would work in both games so that we would both benefit from a rich and interesting storyline.


Q: Please elaborate with the differences between Spore Hero for the Wii and the creature stage of Spore from the PC.  How many more creature customizations are there between the two and are we limited to staying on one planet or can we visit others? – Judhudson (SporePrograms.com)


A: Spore Hero is a big departure from the PC game. On the PC you are slightly detached as you oversee the long evolution process of a species. In Spore Hero you are inhabiting a creature, you are living the life of this one hero out to save the world and you have an amazing ability to evolve and change at any moment. There are no limits to how often you can go back to the Creature Creator and what you can change when you do.

There’s also a fun storyline, which is all about how and why you crashed onto this planet and most importantly about how you go about saving it. I could tell you what happens when you’re done saving it but then it would spoil the fun, wouldn’t it?


Spore Hero Arena

Q: Is the game a sandbox like the PC game or does it have a definite ending and goal? – LadyM (Gaming Steve)

A: The game is an entirely new adventure, set in the Spore universe.  All the galactic arena champions have fallen under the powers of dangerous red meteors.  After your ship is peppered by blue meteors, you find that you are immune to the corrupting power of the red meteors.  Now, only you can save the galaxy!  You will be able to create your creature heroes with the Spore Creature Creator, and it’s in 3D (a first for Spore on the Nintendo DS)!  There are over 150 parts and new Bio-Powers for you to collect and use to evolve your creature.  You will get to jet around the galaxy, exploring new worlds and fighting enemies in your quest to find out who is spreading the red meteors and how to stop them.

There is a great story to experience as you find out more about where the red meteors came from, and how you can stop them from corrupting the whole galaxy!


Q: What type of customization is in Spore Hero Arena? – Connor (SporeOperations)

A: Spore Hero Arena will allow you to create your own creature using the new Nintendo DS 3D Creature Creator! The parts you select for your creature will determine its strengths and abilities, so every creature will fight in its own way. In addition, you can attach over 15 bio-powers to your creature to give it special moves to use during arena battles. These bio-powers are not connected to specific creature parts, so you can look good AND be powerful.


Q: Is Spore Hero Arena multiplayer? – Connor (SporeOperations)

A: Spore Hero Arena was build from the start to include multiplayer arena battles. Players can select from a number of different arena battle types, select their favorite creatures and then compete with up to 4 players over local wireless. You can also connect using the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to play against friends or strangers from just about anywhere!


Q: Are you limited to one creature per game or can you change out to a different one during the game? – LadyM (Gaming Steve)

A: You will be able to collect over 150 unique parts and power bio-powers during the game.  You can evolve your creature to overcome new challenges and face off against bigger and fiercer enemies as you jet from planet to planet and explore new worlds. You can save up to 50 creatures in the Sporepedia for use in quick battles or multiplayer matches.


Q: Any plans to have either a DS specific Sporepedia to where we can download other people’s (or our friend’s) creations to use them in our game or even share screens or videos? – Ballightning (Sporedum.net)

A: We do have a new Sporepedia where not only can you see creatures you meet (and beat!) in the game, but you can also download your friends creatures.  All creatures that you download will be available to use in quick battles or multiplayer matches too!


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Spore Hero Arena – Enter the Arena Trailer

Posted by ballightning on July 25, 2009

The official Spore Heroes Arena (DS) trailer has been released.

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Accepting Questions for Spore Hero/Spore Hero Arena Fansite Interview

Posted by judhudson on July 8, 2009

*Update* – 7/12/09

Thanks for your questions!  The lucky three I plan to turn in to MaxisCactus are:

  • Any plans to have either a Wii/DS specific Sporepedia to where we can download other people’s (or our friend’s) creations to use them in our game or even share screens or videos?
  • The Paint mode in Spore Hero Wii – can we now paint our creatures bodies in specific areas using the Wii’s motion controls or is it similiar to Spore PC’s version where we just pick default skins and adjust the color?
  • What’s the relationship between Spore Hero Arena and Spore Creatures? Is the prior considered a sequel or are the stories related in any way?

Hey fellow Spore fans!  I just got an email from MaxisCactus that contains new exclusive images (see below) as well as an opportunity to submit three questions about Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena for the Nintendo Wii and DS!  Producers Jason Haber and Mathieu Cote will answer these questions, so if at all possible, leave your best questions as a comment in this post and I’ll pick the best three from the bunch.  I’m going to try to cap the questions off this Friday (July 10th) as the questions need to be turned in via the 14th.

Oh, and I’m making this post a sticky until Friday:)

Exclusive Nintendo DS Screens

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Exclusive Nintendo Wii Screens

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Spore Hero Arena DS – HQ boxart

Posted by judhudson on July 7, 2009

SporeBR found a much better version of the Spore Hero Arena boxart for the Nintendo DS.  Thanks to SimsDomination for the tip!

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Spore Hero Arena (DS) – Box art

Posted by ballightning on June 7, 2009

SimsDomination has found the cover and box art for Spore Hero Arena.

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