‘Don’t think this is a game’ – New shooter looks so real, now the creator had to prove it
The first-person shooter Unrecord was unveiled shortly before the weekend with a graphically impressive, because extremely realistic trailer. Collected on Twitter alone 19 million views under the almost two-minute clipon YouTube there were also several million.
You can watch the trailer again here:
But there are also critical voices among the comments. Some speak of the post-processing of real recordings, others accuse the developers of cheating, similar to the survival shooter The Day Before, which according to numerous observers only exists as trailer material. Likewise, what is shown is viewed critically with regard to the depiction of possible police violence.
The responsible studio DRAMA has now reacted to the allegations, but could not refute all of them.
How long is Unrecord actually in development?
The hype surrounding Unrecord is not fundamentally new. As early as mid-October 2022, the mainly responsible developer Alexandre Spindler published a video for a prototype of the shooter, where a police officer is controlled from a body cam perspective:
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Even then, the echo was Esports Extrasntic, tens of millions of players looked at the snippet and were fascinated by the desEsports Extrasof the surroundings and the authentic fisheye look.
According to a recent statement on Steam, the reactions of viewers are also responsible for the fact that Unrecord has made great strides in recent months and that the team behind it is working flat out.
This is noticeable in the much more realistic animations of the main character, who authentically reloads her weapon and wobbles when aiming. In addition, the lighting benefits enormously from a switch of the Unreal Engine used to the fifth version, previously it was the fourth.
You can find more about the UE5 here:
In addition, the current trailer probably uses fewer or no more off-the-shelf assets. The first prototype still showed an abandoned Russian building that is available for purchase in the Unreal store. The current trailer appears to show mostly self-created environments.
Maker responds to allegations of fraud
Due to the believable animations and the extremely authentic look, many players assumed that the trailer was pre-rendered in Unreal Engine 5 or manipulated afterwards or that it could be a rail shooter, i.e. the protagonist is not controlled at all can.
Spindler responded with a short video showing the opening sequence of the recently released trailer and a large warehouse. In both scenes, he was free to move, shoot, and reload:
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So the gameplay is indeed real, although it may be far from complete. He couldn’t show many mechanics, so even an Early Access release should be far in the future.
As long as there is a publication at all and doubters are not right after all. Finally, the studio might have knit the trailer around even the most rudimentary game elements to give the appearance of a real game.
That’s what the team says about the criticism of the scenario
We in the editorial department and also some players* expressed a queasy feeling about the explosive scenario of witnessing a police officer in a firefight. No game has ever been so close to real recordings, which could also appear in the form of US news events.
With regard to the topic of violence, DRAMA explains that no political agenda is being pursued and that the French studio is not influenced by regional (in this case American) politics.
In addition, the developers say they exclude any form of discrimination, racism and violence against women and minorities. Players should first wait and see how the plot of the finished game is structured. So far, however, there have been no signs of this, DRAMA is still very vague about it.
So Unrecord walks a fine line and definitely has to hit the right note in order not to just draw attention to itself with a controversy. We also hope that the developers don’t just want to excuse themselves from responsibility.
But great graphics can also exist without any controversy, for example in these open-world games:
Release and unclear console version
The team behind Unrecord confirmed in its statement that it is essentially a single-player first-person shooter that can be controlled as usual. So it’s not a VR game (as some commenters suspected from the arm movements) and it’s not a multiplayer title either.
So far, only a (non-specified) release on Steam is planned, but DRAMA is open to consoles. “We [Anm. d. Red.: die Entwickler*innen von Unrecord] don’t see any issues with a console release, but we haven’t committed to a platform yet.”
The developers are at least trying to make the game playable on older hardware with a high degree of realism, but Unreal Engine 5 titles are inherently quite demanding. If Unrecord can be played at all at some point and isn’t just a (well elaborated) tech demo.
What about with you? Could the Unrecord trailer also fool you for a moment?