CDX: the game

Interactive studio Preloaded has just put the finishing touches to the world’s first broadband interactive film. Here’s how it was created…

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Your first thought when first experiencing <I>CDX</I> – a world-first interactive film from the BBC – is that this is a heady brew of top- drawer Flash crossed with a seminal game such as <i>Myst</i>. 
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Created by interactive studio Preloaded, <I>CDX</I> is a brooding interactive drama that provides an eerie and engaging online experience. 
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The story details the exploits of Adam Foster, a TV exec who finds himself embroiled in an ancient conspiracy through his acquisition of a valuable prop. 
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The idea relates to the BBC’s <i>Rome: Rise & Fall of an Empire</i> TV show. “The BBC had a rough idea of a storyline in place, and the brief described their desire to create an interactive film experience,” says Preloaded lead designer Andrew Farrugia. 
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“Two main elements of the finished game – Adam and the blade – were present in the initial brief, however the eventual storyline, interactive components, and the content of Adam’s room were all decided during the early months of planning. 
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“Our initial thought was ‘wow’,” Farrugia adds. “It was such a different brief to anything we’d seen before. The idea of creating an interactive story around a fictional character involved in the production of a real TV mini- series was an exciting prospect.” 
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The result is an episodic, broadband game that sees main character Adam, limited to his apartment, tackle the mystery of a Roman sword, direct a treasure hunt in Rome, and solve clues via email, external Web sites, and a host of interactive features. It sports full-motion video composited into a virtual CG set.
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