Atari Invites You to Pick a New Monster for GODZILLA: UNLEASHED
Godzilla Fans – Vote Now!
Source: Atari, Inc.
Special Thanks to John “Dutch” DeSentis
Atari and Pipeworks present the first ever GODZILLA: UNLEASHED New Monster Vote. Now is your chance to shape the future of Toho’s Godzilla universe and help bring a completely new monster to life. Running until April 4th, IGN is hosting the vote where fans get to choose one of four new monsters to be created for the GODZILLA: UNLEASHED video game that will be coming out fall 2007 from Atari. For more information and to vote now please visit the IGN website.
The art team responsible for designing the new monsters explained, “Throughout the entire process, our underlying goal was to arrive at monsters that we felt were fresh, would fit into the Godzilla genre, and would fit into the group factions as delineated in the design doc for the game. We initially generated forty different monster concepts. From these, we focused our selection down to fifteen, and finally down to four.”
The final four monsters are…
The Alien crystal activity has brought about violent disturbances deep within Earth’s core. The resulting volcanic upheaval awakens an ancient, fiery elemental formed from molten rock. Like a walking volcano, this brimstone beast fires red-hot magma from its gaping maw and can set foes ablaze.
According to Art Director Robert Caracol, “Magmouth was a combination of two separate concepts. The first was a rocky, craggy creature that was basically solid rock. The second was more akin to flowing magma. In the end, we came up with a blending of the two ideas, arriving at a monster that was a walking volcano. It possessed the hardness and sharpness of solid granite but could also attack using the molten fluid from within its body. One aspect that arose from this design angle was that it would possibly have to eat rock and debris to replenish its reservoir of magma after throwing it up in an attack.”
A creature of myth and legend, Firelion is believed to have been the guardian of the lost civilization of Mu. The ruins of this once great culture were discovered sunken off the coast of Japan. Artifacts recovered from the site depict the existence of a great lion-like dragon with a fiery mane. This artist’s rendering is based on the many carvings and glyphs found amongst the ruins. Recent earthquake activity has opened fissures near the site which archeologists are eager to explore. According to the ancient images, Firelion possessed the ability to appear and disappear like a flickering flame, and throw fire from his tail.
“Firelion was inspired by the stone lions seen in ancient Chinese architecture. Its gold gilded face maintains the aspect that it is a construct, whereas the flames that come off its body and form its mane indicate that the guardian spirit that animates the form. The scales on the body were added to suggest the tougher-than-stone armor aspect, as well as to also play off the idea that it was also some type of dragon/lion amalgam. This would also allude to a more mythical nature.”
3. The Visitor
In their bid to retake earth, the Vortaak aliens have conscripted a new secret weapon into their arsenal of monsters. The Visitor is feral alien creature captured from its home planet by the Vortaak with the intent of turning it loose on mankind. The monster clamps down on opponents with its massive jaws and stabs them with its crab-like appendages. The Visitor can also employ a Brainspasm, which shoots a directional shockwave from its pulsating cranium.
Modeler/Animator Chris Chin explained,”The Visitor was inspired from the two existing alien monsters, Gigan and Orga, possessing a similar outer world look. The Visitor is native to an extremely harsh, mountainous planet and has hooked claw appendages protruding from the creature’s spinal column. Reminiscent of the older Gigan’s hook arms, these limbs are used as weapons as well as tools for digging and climbing. The overly-exaggerated maw filled with dagger-like teeth was taken from Orga’s later form when he tried to consume Godzilla. This fearsome mouth is convenient considering the Visitor’s diet of gargantuan space worms which live in the planet’s crust. These worms consume various sorts of unknown alien minerals which provide the Visitor with a nearly indestructible skeletal structure.”
4. Lightning Bug
An experiment to weaponize alien crystal energy goes terribly wrong when a tiny firefly buzzes into the focused energy stream. The fly survives just long enough to lay her eggs in the test facilities cooling ponds. One of the eggs mutates and produces this uber bug. The Lightning Bug has hover flight, which allows her to unfold her wings and hover short distances. Her Armor Wings also serve as a shield from physical and energy attacks.
Modeler/ Animator Will Short described the monster’s abilities: “The Lightning Bug is a genetically-engineered cyborg developed from a host of insect DNA and grafted with a multi-alloy chassis by a hostile alien race. Lightning Bug’s design was a combination of the armor from EVA-01 of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION fame and the bioluminescent appearance of the Drej from TITAN A.E. The cyborg’s chief offensive capabilities are based on its incredible capacity for raw energy as well as its unique ability to absorb ambient energy from its surroundings. Lightning Bug’s energy core is located in its constantly glowing tail while its large wings can generate a tremendous amount of power when raised to produce a massive blast of energy. Though the chassis provides excellent armor, the extra durability is merely a fortunate by-product of its true nature as a non-conductive harness meant to contain the unstable energies constantly radiated from the cyborg’s body. Normally, the chassis emits a soft green glow from its plate binding, but the color might occasionally become orange when it sustains massive trauma and containment is compromised.”
The deadline is April 4th so place your vote now at IGN!