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Housemarque Reveals First Non-Arcade Game, Stormdivers

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In today’s talk at Reboot Develop, indie developer Housemarque revealed its latest game, Stormdivers.

Few details on the project have been revealed so far, but it will use Unreal Engine 4 and have a focus on multiplayer-based gameplay.

Earlier this year, the developer announced a pivot away from the arcade genre that has, heretofore, defined its games, including Super Stardust, Resogun, and Nex Machina. During the talk, the speakers, Housemarque CEO Ilari Kuittinen and Head of Publishing Mikael Haveri also went into more detail about the decision to move away from the primary source of its success.

The developers mentioned that the studio has felt typecast, first in its early years as being focused on snowboarding games and more recently as the torch-bearers for the arcade genre. Despite having met with success in its most recent endeavours, Haveri explored some of the reasons behind the move away from arcade, including mentioning that “the popularity of the genre is winding down,” comparing it to flight simulators and point-and-click adventures, which have similarly dropped off in recent years, and that its games are unable to compete effectively within the current market.

Kuittinen and Haveri also revealed some of the unrealised concepts that the team has worked on, including a standard racing game and a zombie game.

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The Darkness II Is Currently Free On Humble Bundle

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Cult classic The Darkness II is currently free over at Humble Bundle for the next 48 hours, with players only needing a Steam account to access it.

The game was developed by Digital Extremes, which are now doing a fantastic job with co-op shooter Warframe. The Darkness II is a highly-stylised first-person shooter based on a comic book series by Top Cow Productions, with the first game in the series being developed by Starbreeze.

Players take the role of mobster Jackie Estacado, who wields an evil and ancient force known as The Darkness. Gameplay-wise, The Darkness II offers fast first-person shooting, solid level design, and tight controls. The story, too, is a masterclass in gaming graphic-noir, and the narrative holds no punches.

The Darkness II was well received by critics on release, and the game, much like its predecessor, has since become a cult hit. The Darkness featured on OnlySP’s list of Seven Games That Get Love Right, and the sequel only improves upon The Darkness‘s tragic romanticism.

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