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Perry: Not yet finished with making big games

By Robert Purchese

Thu 06 Aug 2009 8:30am GMT / 4:30am EDT / 1:30am PDT

Talks about multi-million dollar game Plague canned by Atari, and of bringing it back

Acclaim CEO and Gaikai co-founder Dave Perry has spoken to Eurogamer about his multi-million-dollar game Plague, which Atari canned amid financial woes roughly three years ago.

"It was going to be called Plague," Perry told Eurogamer. "It was a really big idea: lots of new hooks - kind of me. I wanted to get back to old Shiny where it was always a surprise and lots of new hooks and things you'd never seen before."

"The idea was you could fire nano-weapons into things that would actually generate objects and delete objects in real-time. It was pretty neat. I was working with a book author, and we were going to get a movie made. It was a big deal.

"But it was a little too big for Atari," he added. "They weren't ready for that."

Perry, who made games such as Earthworm Jim and MDK, is currently working on Gaikai, a streaming service that will allow games to be played within an internet browser.

As for Plague, "that idea is nowhere near done yet", Perry teased, leaving the sentiment unfinished. "Am I done with big games? Hell no. But I'm way too busy to do one right now," he said.

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