Independent PC game studio Coilworks has announced a new game which they are billing as merger between the classic stylings of 8 bit jump and shoot games like Contra with a modern cel shaded look and third person shooter aspects.
The Swedish company revealed that the game will be called Cloudbuilt, and as you can see from the trailer below it looks pretty amazing, almost like a cross between Borderlands and Mirror’s Edge. Apparently it will combine old-school moves like dash, double jumping and charge beams with modern moves like rocket jumping, wall running, and strafe-dodging.
This is what Coilworks has to say about the game: “Practice is a central theme of Cloudbuilt. Many modern games seem not to trust you with its potential until you’ve gained its trust, and therefore spoon-feed you new abilities over the course of the game. Cloudbuilt lets you play with all skills from the moment you begin. You won’t need to master them all right away, but to complete the game and beat the records for each level you will be challenged to use what you’ve learned in creative ways. If you feel that the head-shaped hole in the wall is getting to deep there are usually multiple levels unlocked at any time to choose from.
“Freedom and experimentation is another central theme. In Cloudbuilt there isn’t one predetermined correct path that you must take through a level. Sure, there are paths that are more obvious, but for the attentive players there’s also the possibility to carve their own path. In a level there are usually multiple ways to pass an obstacle, and possibly some that we don’t know of yet.
“The events take place in the mind of the protagonist, a damaged war-vet who has, in some unspecified future, been severely injured. Quickly learning she’s been “repaired”, we follow her mental process from confused to reaching a conclusion.”
All of this sounds very promising, and perhaps the title may get picked up for a PSN or Xbox Live release, would you guys play it if it was? Or are you keen to pick it up on PC?