Outland: a new game from Housemarque
Housemarque – the developers behind the hugely addictive PSN game Super Stardust HD – are currently working on a new title called Outland. In their exclusive preview of the game, IGN described it as being a 2D platformer “with the polarity mechanics of Ikaruga.” Interesting.
The Finnish developers really impressed us with the awesome particle effects and absorbing gameplay in Super Stardust HD, and if the screenshots are anything to go by, it looks like Outland will have equally striking visuals. Here’s IGN’s description of the game:
“You control an acrobatic fellow as he explores a lush, dense jungle. It’s a 2D game but there is a great sense of depth in the background with swaying branches and colorful wildlife. The animation for all the characters is really terrific.”
The main gameplay mechanic has you changing your character between light and dark forms during combat. You will be vulnerable to attacks from the opposite colour but impervious to attacks from the same. This should lead to some interesting tactical encounters much like those we had in Super Stardust HD, which recommended a different coloured weapon for each target.
As pointed out by IGN, Outland appears to be inspired by Ikaruga. Ikaruga is a space shooter from Treasure that was originally released in the arcades in 2001. It had enemies who took up one of two polarities (black or white). Your ship had the ability to change between these two polarities but you could only harm enemies of the opposite colour.
The game is being published by Ubisoft and it will be shown at PAX over the weekend. To keep you going until then, we’ve uploaded a number of screenshots which you can view below. Sadly the game won’t be out until next year but at least we have Dead Nation to look forward to in the meantime. Housemarque’s top-down zombie blaster is due out soon.