NFL Blitz Art
Hey there NFL Blitz fans! I’m Tony Stanley, art director for NFL Blitz, and I’m excited to share with you key information regarding the visual aspects of the new game.
As designer Yuri Bialoskursky mentioned is his last blog, when we decided to create a new NFL Blitz game for the HD console generation, we knew that we owed it to all of the existing Blitz fans to preserve aspects of the look of the classic Blitz games, while also utilizing the advancements in technology to make an outstanding new version.
In terms of the art direction, we made a concerted effort to pay homage to the original title, while ensuring that the look of the game was significantly upgraded for the current high definition era. The goal for the look of the art style for the new NFL Blitz was to keep a sense of familiarity from the graphics of the original Blitz game while adding a fresh, new look that appeals to the gamers of today.
I would like to take you through just how carefully we studied the original Blitz games and how we interpreted the original style and transformed it into the new NFL Blitz game. NFL Blitz was first released as an arcade game in 1997 by Midway Games and quickly became one of the most memorable football titles in video game history. There were several console editions released between 1998 and 2003 and what we found is that fans have different memories of the game because there were several different versions. So, we paid close attention to look across a few of the original games to form an idea of what should be included in the new version of the game.
For example, as you can see here, the look of the title screen from the 1999 version and the 2003 are very different.
Below is our title screen for the new Blitz. As you can see, the logo was heavily influenced by the 1999 version.
Transitions screens and main menus were dominated by metal in the original versions. Heavy metal doors slammed together to reveal the next screen.
We have incorporated these metal door transitions into the new Blitz.
Here are examples of the main menus from Bltiz 1999 and 2003.
As you can see in the image below, the metal borders are present, but we also want it to be clear to fans upon entering the game that they are going to be treated to an entirely new HD Blitz experience.
Below are further examples—the pop ups from the original games, as well as the stat screen and score hub and game information:
And below is our interpretation for each in the new game. Notice the focus on the tough metal feel, but also the bright color and clarity that comes along with high definition.
Below are the original team select screens. This is a good representation of what we wanted to see in the players. The proportions are exaggerated to represent the players like super heroes.
We brought that concept into the new game, as well. The players in Blitz are roughly 8 ½ feet high. They are meant to be larger than life to help support the over-the-top action of our game.
In these next screens, you’ll notice that for the score updates at the end of each quarter and the down and distance information, we have preserved the metal feel, but we lean more toward a modern day broadcast to really take advantage of today’s graphics and high definition.
Below are examples of the play call screens from the classic Blitz games.
Here is how we updated it:
And, of course, you can’t have a Blitz game without cheerleader load screens!
We made sure the new version of the game has cheerleaders, too. In fact, you can purchase additional cheerleader loading screens in the Blitz Store by earning Blitz Bucks through playing online games.
We wanted to bring back some of the original fantasy characters from the classic Blitz game also:
Our team added some new fantasy characters, as well:
There are additional classic and fantasy characters in the new NFL Blitz game, but you’ll have to follow the weekly reveals for more information along the way.
And we have a lot of other surprises for you, but to discover more, you’ll have to download the game for yourself when it is available in January (XBLA – 1200 points/PSN - $14.99).
We hope that you enjoy playing the game as much as we enjoyed making it.
NFL Blitz Art Director,