Other Ocean Interactive, creators of titles such as Dark Void: Zero & the XBLA port Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, announced today that they are currently working on War of the Worlds for the XBLA & PSN. Yes, we all know the famous films inspired by the novel that were released, but this title is unlike anything I could have imagined.
The first thing you should know is that War of the Worlds is set to be a dark, 2D cinematic platformer that pits players in the role of a common, lone person as they struggle for survival during an alien invasion in a 1950’s era London. Players must use their wit to outsmart an army of alien tripods and other menacing war machines as they attempt to traverse through the devastated setting. Other Ocean have said that this new imagining of the franchise will pay homage to other classic cinematic platformers such as Flashback, Out of This World and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.
“As a developer, we are extremely fortunate to have access to this beloved franchise,” said Mike Mika, Head of Development with Other Ocean Interactive. “The team and I are huge fans of the original rotoscoped cinematic platformers of early PC gaming. This is a dream project for everyone on the team. Having the ability to approach the game in a completely retro way and pay homage to one of our favorite periods in gaming is more than we could ask for.
From the sounds of it, War of the Worlds is looking to bring a completely breathtaking atmospheric experience into the famed tale and the fact that the game is targeted to a retro-fanbase is just icing on the cake. War of the Worlds makes it’s debut this summer to the XBLA & PSN. Once a trailer or new details/screenshots eventually emerge, we will be sure to let you know so stay tuned.