At this year’s PAX East independent developer DrinkBox Studios announced their new game, an open-world dungeon-crawler adventure with gesture-based controls called Severed, the concept trailer for which you can watch above. Although Severed was only announced for mobile devices the developer told the website Destructoid that they are considering a Kinect version, as you can read in this excerpt from their article below:
The game is all gesture-based, and with combat it was likened to that of Infinity Blade in that you’ll be swiping to perform attacks. The Punch-Out element comes in on how all the enemies require different strategies, and that foes have different tells to make you aware of their incoming strikes or weaknesses. It’ll be interesting how difficult combat will become, as enemies can surround you yet you can only be facing one direction at a time. There will be something in place to make you aware there’s multiple enemies around you, and learning the tells of enemies will be key in these situations so you know who to strike at first.
Players will be able to use magic spells along with their physical attacks, and this system was compared to The Legend of Zelda. Magic will be usable in offense ways (such as blinding enemies), along with doubling as a tool for exploration (being able to unlock doors).
Obviously this game is a touch-screen affair, so mobile platforms are a given, but the team is open to bring Severed to wherever makes sense. That includes the PlayStation Vita, 3DS, and even the Wii U. They’re open to the idea of trying out stuff like the PlayStation Move, Kinect, and Project Morpheus as well. Severed is aiming for a 2015 release, so the team is still very early on in development and they need to see if bringing the game out to non-touch devices would be a good experience, however.
Whether they’re talking about Kinect 1, 2 or both is unclear but since DrinkBox Studios’ current (joypad controlled) game Guacamelee! is due out on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 I think there’s a definite possibility that Severed could be released for both.
Here’s more info about the game from DrinkBox Studios’ press release:
Discover The Fantastical World of DrinkBox Studios New Game, Severed, With This Intense, First Trailer
DrinkBox Studios, the Toronto-based independent video game developer of Guacamelee!, Mutant Blobs Attack and About a Blob, is revealing today its newest game, Severed, which is slated for release in spring 2015.
Severed follows the saga of a distraught warrior, lost in a fantastical world, as she knits together pieces of her story from both the past and the future. As the heroine, players will embark on a journey through a surreal, nonlinear world by using a gesture-based combat mechanic to defeat enemies in this first-person adventure. During their journey, players will unlock new abilities, discover secrets of the land, and grow in power as they master both offensive and defensive techniques.
– Take on the role of a heroine in this first-person, dungeon crawleresque adventure
– Mysterious highly stylized surreal world to explore
– Natural-motion based mechanics to combat enemies and explore/interact with the world
– Nonlinear gameplay gives players autonomy over upgrade paths
– Light RPG elements, including spells and items that progressively upgrade the main character
– Battle multiple enemies simultaneously, each with their own strengths and weaknesses to discover
– Original soundtrack from Juno nominated band YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN and kulintang ensemble Pantayo
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