Berk's Grapevine

Interview with Dragons 2 video game designers



A while back, you submitted questions for the producers of the new How to Train Your Dragon 2 video game ranging from game features and storyline to the process of creating video games. Now you can read the full interview below!

Q: Will the game follow the story of the movie or take place afterwards?

A: The game is set a couple months before the movie picks up; this gives us the opportunity to be creative with our game at the same time not spoil anything about the movie. That way, you can play the game before or after you’ve seen the movie!

Q: How large is the game's world? Will players be able to explore beyond Berk?

A: Players will be staying on Berk – once you play the game, it makes a lot of sense why you’re sticking to the island! Because we’re staying close to home, we’re able to explore a lot of areas on the island: places from both the first and second movie, along with locations on the island found exclusively in the game.

Q: Are there new characters or dragons that don't appear in the film?

A: The second movie expands on the cast of characters and dragons considerably from the first movie; because there’s such a rich number of choices to choose from, there wasn’t a need to create extra characters or dragons to make the line-up feel full. Plus, this way you get to play your favorite from the movie!

Q: How do players interact with dragons? Will players be able to train dragons?

A: Players have the option to select from the different Dragon riding teams, such as Toothless & Hiccup. Before each Tournament, Players will be able to practice in a few training events with their Dragon rider team in order to get them ready to compete in the different Dragon Tournaments that take place throughout the Island of Berk.

Q: Is there a multiplayer part of the game?

A: Absolutely! All of the consoles support local multiplayer, which includes PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo Wii U. Players can explore, train, and compete in Tournaments together as well as complete challenges throughout Berk. There are also 3 multiplayer exclusive mini-games for players to go head-to-head against each other.

Q: Are there customizable characters or dragons?

A: Yes! Each dragon has a special trait that must be unlocked. Once these traits have been revealed, characters and dragons will be able to do something unique to their specific dragon. These are all based on how the dragons perform in the movie.

Q: Does the game involve dragon battling, like the first How to Train Your Dragon game? Or is it focused more on flying, or something else?

A: The game will largely focus on exploration, flying, and the tournament events. Some tournament events allow for combat, so players will be able to use items and of course their dragon’s fiery breath to blast other riders off their dragons!

Q: The first movie's game was focused mostly on dragon battling. Will this game include dragon battling too, or will it have a different focus, such as flying or exploring?

A: We received a lot of feedback from DreamWorks regarding the first game, while battling was fun, there was other activities they’d like to do as well. The second game features plenty of exploration and challenges to partake in, as well as competing in tournaments. Of course, we can’t completely forego a little friendly competition between riders, so there will definitely be opportunities to go head to head in both multiplayer and tournament events.

Q: Are there plans to create a PC game based on the Dragons universe in the future?

A: At this time there are no plans for a PC version of the Dragons universe. However, you never know what the future may bring. Fans can let us know they’d love to see a PC game based on the Dragons universe by tweeting us @littleorbit or visiting our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LittleOrbitGames

Q: What is the biggest challenge in adapting a pre-existing storyline and well-loved film into a game format?

A: The biggest challenge in adapting an awesome storyline and well-loved film in to a game is ensuring that what we create stays true to the How To Train Your Dragon world and at the same time giving the fans and gamers something they will love to play.

Q: What qualifications would someone need to work on a future Dragons game?

A: A willingness to work hard, combined with a love and passion for making games is a great start! A lot of talented people got their start in the Quality Assurance Department testing games, so it's always a good idea to keep an eye out for openings in the gaming industry.

Q: How similar is the process of making a game to making an animated film?

A: The process of making a game compared to making an animated film is very similar in some ways. We both put together an outstanding team of producers, designers, writers, artists, animators, sound engineers and programmers to help bring everything in the game (or film) to life. We all have a love & passion for what we do and are happy to invest our time in making sure the end result is something that everyone will enjoy.

Thanks a lot to Matt Phillips, Jose Gomez, and Alissa Smith for answering our questions! Check out some more information and game screenshots here!

97 comments:

  1. MissunyNightFuryMay 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I know what I'll be buying!

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  2. NO PC?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....
    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  3. VelocityTheSpeedStingerMay 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Interesting. You guys asked some really good questions too.
    I may have to check this out.

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  4. II The Night Fury IIMay 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    I GOT XBOX, WII, WIIU, AND A LIFE! (mind blown)

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  5. TheSweedishFishMay 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    The graphics don't look very good...

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  6. Hmmm... Now all I need to figure out is whether I want it for Xbox or Wii...

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  7. YAY! XBOX!

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  8. :( only local multiplayer? That's disappointing to say the least.

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  9. IcelandicEel They have a new clip. =3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J9mK6PbpsI&app=desktop

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  10. This one sounds better than the last, but I'm not convinced it's worth buying :(

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  11. I have to agree.


    But if there's a PC port I may buy it though.

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  12. That's why I have PC and A PS3
    True gamers have both :)

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  13. Yes... I have nobody to play with, so how should I use the multiplayer function?! :-/ :-(

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  14. Well maybe if it comes to PC multiplayer could be played over a VLAN? (assuming the pc version, if it comes, isn't a same keyboard kind of deal)

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  15. Well, there is still the possible by plug in a controller and play with them... If the game supports this... xD

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  16. Like I said. If it's a same PC kind f game then I probably won't buy it. But if the multiplayer were LAN we could actually play with fellow viners!

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  17. Well, how do you want to play Multiplayer on PC without a second PC/without LAN... Splitted Screen would be terrible xD

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  18. It would XD. Let's hope they add online or at least LAN!

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  19. Yes. And maybe they bring an update for all console games which implements an online multiplayer function?
    Well, I'm off now. Good Night!

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  20. "Shhh…shh… It’ll all be over soon." - Mildew

    "Hush little Hiccup, don’t say a word. Your screams for help won’t be heard." - Mildew

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  21. Is hiccup crying

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  22. Just B/C

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  23. Hey guys the httyd website got expanded a little bit.

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  24. Well it's been On Android then this Lots of consoles to use. Wow. :)

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  25. Is this real or fanmade?

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  26. Just like me.I couldn't believe that I relate to Hiccup in a lot of ways. :')

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  27. Oh, my God. What kind of sicko person are you?!

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  28. Lightning SkrillMay 5, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    What is that?

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  29. MissunyNightFuryMay 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    It's Dagur's head on Ghirahim's body. Ghirahim is from the Legend of Zelda series.

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  30. MissunyNightFuryMay 5, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Where is everyone?

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  31. hiccupandtoothlesshybridMay 5, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Anyone feeling that your just going to get bored and finish the story mode and just get bored like the frist movie game?

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  32. ...i'm behind you...May 5, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Oh I love Skyward Sword, especially Ghirahim! He's one of my fav Zelda bosses ever! Creepy though...

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  33. DonnaHeartzHTTYDMay 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I'm here :)

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  34. DonnaHeartzHTTYDMay 5, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    I need to see the film. NOW.

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  35. Hiccup is merely completing his conversion to Judaism. Mildew is simply helping Hiccup "to seal his everlasting covenant with God".

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  36. ωαѕвσяи¢яαzуMay 6, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    ... No PC??! WHY ?! I should really get a WII....

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  37. NightFuryKumaraMay 6, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Agree totally XD

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  38. I also have a PS3, but I don't play much on it xD
    It's just that I really prefer PC and not everyone had a console and a PC (cause of money or they just don't want a console)

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  39. NightFuryKumaraMay 6, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    he looks creepier than normal... that's a lot of creepy

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  40. NightFuryKumaraMay 6, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    get the X-Box version! The controls for the fist game on the Wii is very glitchy. Trust me, I know...

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  41. NightFuryKumaraMay 6, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    YES!!! we will be able to explore the whole of Berk! And do more flying!

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  42. But a PC Cost more

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  43. Juanita TabourisMay 6, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Why are they no gonna have a PC version

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  44. CatherineDesbiensMay 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Definately buying this game when its released :D

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  45. TheSweedishFishMay 6, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Me too! Once I started watching the tv show I reailized how much we have in common. You would not believe how many things we have in common though it's kinda creepy...

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  46. Wow look Toothless at 0:14 xD

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  47. will be the first game im addicted to o_O

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  48. TheSweedishFishMay 6, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    New image!

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  49. DonnaHeartzHTTYDMay 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    37 days to wait in US, 35 more days for my country!!

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  50. SplashyTheThunderdrumMay 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    a WII? really?

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  51. Hey, I was thinking about how RoB and DoB are made between HTTYD and HTTYD2. If Dragon Masters was to join them in that time period, wouldn't it be awesome to have a new character model for Hiccup and the others. I'm expecting it to be a "NO!" On the idea, but I'm just saying, it would be cool to see the transitional stage of Hiccup, Astrid and the others.

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  52. In simpler words, what's the link that is missing between 15 and 20. We need a 17-18 year old Hiccup. Look at how barren the middle of this picture looks.
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  53. Sorry, here's the pic.

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  54. so there u r

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  55. Claire Ashton-BriggsMay 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    http://www.sugarscape.com/main-topics/film-and-tv/1036992/exclusive-clip-astrid-and-hiccup-get-well-flirty-how-train-your-drag

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  56. http://www.sugarscape.com/main-topics/film-and-tv/1036992/exclusive-clip-astrid-and-hiccup-get-well-flirty-how-train-your-drag

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  57. Lucky. Are you from the UK? They always get movies released sooner before we do.

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  58. MissunyNightFuryMay 6, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    I think it would!

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  59. Btw. Sorry about the guess what before. The idea is right below.

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  60. WHERE IS THIS FROM?

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  61. I think so too ;w; Although, its been pretty much confirmed that season 3 takes place after the second film :c

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  62. DonnaHeartzHTTYDMay 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Nope, Philippines :) June 11 is the release, and June 9 is the START OF SCHOOL :/

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  63. DonnaHeartzHTTYDMay 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    The commercial for HTTYD 2 :)

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  64. The Whisperer of DeathMay 7, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Interesting.

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  65. When does this game come out?

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  66. SkrillexTheSkrillMay 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    ._. I wont like to have Dagur as my helper... i prefer "Hey listen" from navy than... this! D:

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  67. Nice. My question made it into the interview.


    So the game will not correspond with the events of the movie but takes place months before. That's nice. At least we wouldn't receive any spoiler and perhaps we will see a new story instead.


    The game seems not just limited to racing, as we will have some combat as well? Sweet. Kinda assume this game looks more like a party genre of some sort. And... Maybe we're going to have a sneak peek of the new dragons of HTTYD2 here?

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  68. NightFuryLover15May 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I have the first game.

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  69. hi do you know? Hiccup Horrendes Haddock lll = Triple H=3 HHH

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  70. PLEASE join me in tweeting and asking them on their facebook page for a PC game!

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  71. Please lets just post on their pages and request it. The more requests they get the more likely they are to make it.

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  72. Please join me in posting on their pages. Maybe if enough people request it they'll make one.

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  73. That same cheeky smile tho!! XD ahhhhhh *.* #IloveHiccupsooooodamnmuch

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  74. Oh my days!! Get this yh, how annoying is this. HTTYD2 has two release dates for UK. 27th June and 4th July. I live in England, and out of the two release dates, it is 4th July for England, but 27th June for Scotland and Ireland!!!!! -.- sooooo flippin annoying.

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  75. Lucky!!! (comes out 11th June) unlucky ur back at skl on the ninth. XD if it were me I would bunk skl that day so I could see it the very day it comes out. XD

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  76. NightFuryLover15May 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    I have the first game.

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  77. I don't know if anyone's seen and/or posted this yet, but there's a trailer out for the game.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6wztY1wS-Q

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  78. I love this picture. :3 This movie is going to be amazing.

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  79. Lol yeah I saw that too! The way he arches his back when frightened. I luv his personality!

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  80. Just sent them videos of httyd 2 the video game links....

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  81. kiedy ta gra będzie?

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  82. kiedy ta gra będzie?

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  83. eżeli będzie w nią można grać na kompie na necie to będe grał

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  84. I just got the xbox game for it yesterday

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  85. if Hiccup Mom is Valka then who is the Mother of Astrid ?

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