Dead Rising 3 Has A Story And Missions Exclusive To SmartGlass

By Matt Hawkins . June 20, 2013 . 1:20pm

When Dead Rising 3 was unveiled for the Xbox One, it served largely the same purpose that the original Dead Rising did for the Xbox 360, which was flexing the hardware’s capabilities.


But Microsoft’s Xbox One initiative is far more ambitious than its predecessor. For example, there’s its use of SmartGlass, an app that connects a tablet to an Xbox 360 console. Dead Rising 3 supports SmartGlass, and Siliconera asked Dead Rising 3 executive producer Josh Bridge how a zombie playground utilizes this feature.


I see Dead Rising 3’s SmartGlass capabilities being demoed with a Windows 8 tablet, which makes sense at a certain level, given how much Microsoft is trying to tie Windows 8 with the Xbox. Is it a Windows-only thing, or will there eventually be an iOS or Android version?


Josh Bridge, Executive Producer: It will ultimately support all operating systems for sure. But currently we have it running on a Windows device.


Is it its own stand-alone app?


No, it’s part of an upcoming version of the Xbox SmartGlass app and will function much like the current version. After you launch the app, it notices that Dead Rising is currently being played, press a button, and in kicks our phone. It actually skins your phone to be like the phone from the game’s universe.


You’ll get calls from a character that are only on the SmartGlass device. So if you don’t have SmartGlass, you won’t get those calls from that guy. Which also means you won’t get those missions.


Will you be able to finish the game without it?


You can finish the game without it. There’s plenty content as is without it. But we put some exclusives in the game for those who have a SmartGlass compatible device.


Personally, I’m a child; I love gadgets, hearing a little ring… I can even customize the ringtones too… and hearing a little voice, that gives you exclusive missions.


So there’s a character unique to SmartGlass?


Yes. His storyline is his own. And it interweaves with the main storyline. Without it, you’re not losing out on what the story is. But you’re getting more out of the game.


You’re not missing out on any unique achievements?


Ummm… no. I don’t think we can do that.


Initially I thought it was something for a second player to do.


You can… it’s mostly part of the single player mode, but as we’ve been working on it, playing it on our studio, I’d toss it to a buddy as go, “Hey, help me out here; can you do this for a sec?” It ends up being pseudo-cooperative play. But it’s not an answer to co-op, we have co-op.


The apps, which allow you to perform areal strikes and such… once you have access to them, can they be used as will? Is access unlimited?


Oh yeah. When you complete missions, he gets you more app codes, and those app codes can be spent on whatever you want, plus used whenever you want. Though they do have cool down periods.


Meaning you can’t use them over and over and over again…


No, because then you’d hit the credits in one hour. And there’s no microstransactions at all. This is all within the game’s own ecosystem.


Dead Rising 3 will be released this holiday. The game is being developed by Capcom and published by Microsoft. You can read our hands-on impressions here.


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    I just love how Microsoft reps toss out the word “ecosystem”. It make them sound more smart and sophisticated! =/

  • ResidentMetroid

    So basically Otis on Smartglass… Okay.

  • Sardorim

    I hate how gray everything is…

    • idrawrobots

      I like some things about its look better, others (like the lack of color) not so much.

  • Eric Harris

    like xbox one, hate this feature. Hate leaving out content required an additional purchase. Atleast with Nintendo, if you want a feature like this, you have the damn controller for that already. Don’t have to hold your tablet or ipod next to you on the couch for it. Stupid.

    • willhe

      smart glass is a free app

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        But you still need to have a tablet right? How if the person don’t have any tablet here?

        • Crevox

          I don’t have a tablet

          I’m doomed

          • Warboss Aohd

            i don’t even got a zoggin’ cell Phone.

        • John Mumpitz

          smartglass is supported by every smartphone, tablet and even every windows 8 laptop and pc!!!!

      • Eric Harris

        I have an ipod touch. I just think this whole industry pushing for “smart glass” features in game are stupid. Because I am a single player guy. It is of ABSOLUTE no use to me. I was saying atleast with WiiU if you need to do something like this, you are ALREADY holding the tablet controller. So I have to freakin put my ipod touch down next to me to enjoy full game experiences now? That’s stupid.

        • willhe

          well yeah lol…. they shouldve just dreamcast the controllor lcd touchscreen

        • John Mumpitz

          IT IS OPTIONAL! AND IS GREAT idea to extend the gaming experience! To me THATS NEXTGEN! And smartglass is supported by every smartphone, tablet and even every windows 8 laptop and pc!!!!

  • Ninastars

    Is it just me or are his replies to the questions pretty incoherent? Sometimes it almost sounds like he’s purposefully being vague.

  • Wbox1 + smart glass… how much will it cost ?

    • willhe

      smart glass is a free app dumb dick

      • heartless141

        hey hey no need to be rude.
        he might be asking about a smartglass compatible device instead of the software.

    • John Mumpitz

      smartglass is supported by every smartphone, tablet and even every windows 8 laptop and pc!!!!

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    What really needs to be adressed is the framerate issues. Apparently it runs as well as the 360 version of The Last Remnant.

  • Bob Obb

    Wow look at all that brown. I remember how colorful and fun DR1 looked.

  • Warboss Aohd

    oh yez, cause clearly when playin’ a game on a console, i’m gonna want ta use a unrelated device ta get all da content.

    I don’t even have a zoggin’ Cell Phone, Let alone a tablet!

    • John Mumpitz

      You don’t have a smartphone? Are you serious?

      • Warboss Aohd

        Why would an’ ork need a phone? wanna talk to one o’ da gretchinz? I YELL AT HIM! (in all seriousness, i almost never use the phone, so why bother getting a Cell?)

  • GameTaco

    So, I haven’t been following DR3 since the E3 reveal… Is this likely to be a true exclusive for the One, as the article states that Microsoft itself is publishing the title and that the reported features are somehow actually built in to the SmartGlass app? Or is it only a matter of exclusivity time until Capcom ports it to the Wii U with the features already built in?

    Just thinking aloud, I guess. Maybe they’ll come up with a loophole, or an escape clause. Replace new protagonist with Frank West, call it a different game?

    • John Mumpitz

      Only on Xbox one! They use the CLOUD, Kinect And Smartglass! Everything you ONLY HAVE ON XBOX!

  • Hector Velar

    I want to play the game not deal with apps crap. My favorite series going down the toilet. I really hope that Xbone does soo bad that they have to port this to ps4 without apps crap and tons more of content. Dont get me wrong I have all the Dead Rising games on my 360 and play this game hard core but not buying an xbone since they are the new gaming Nazis trying to dictate how I should play my games.

    • John Mumpitz

      That’s fully OPTIONAL! And why not extend your gaming experience? It is something NEW! Why is everyone against NEW STUFF and NEW IDEAS? For me this is an awesome NEW Feature!

      • Hector Velar

        havent you heard the expression if it is not broken dont try to fix it? I guess what bothers me the most is puting “exclusives” on videogames to push X product sales or usage.

  • Artboy

    “You’ll get calls from a character that are only on the SmartGlass device. So if you don’t have SmartGlass, you won’t get those calls from that guy. Which also means you won’t get those missions.”

    What a load of bollocks. Gone are the days were I could press start and get all the info on the TV. Now I need a phone connected to it,

    So I pause the game, pick up the device, get missions (that are on disk) or some other tat, put down said device and unpause the game and carry on.

    Do they think this actually going to be cool or something.

  • DyLaN

    >All you can eat
    Har har.

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