Ubisoft has just dropped a lovely surprise – Atomega, an online multiplayer FPS from Ubisoft Reflections, is going to be released via Steam on 19th September. Why get excited about another entry in an over-saturated genre? Because Reflections is the studio behind Grow Home and Grow Up, wonderful 3D platformers that focused on the feel of play and ended up being quite magical. To this day my little girl occasionally asks for 'the robot game', and then makes me drown mechanical sheep for the lols.
So you'd hope for something a little different from Atomega and, indeed, that looks like what we'll get. Here's the trailer.
Annnd here's some press release for you.
Developed by Reflections, a Ubisoft studio, in the same small incubator which created Grow Home and Grow Up, Atomega was made with a creatively experimental mind-set, deliberately seeking to create unusual concepts which will surprise and delight players.
The player must acquire mass, by peacefully collecting it or via firefights, to evolve his Exoform from the nimble Atom to the godlike Omega. Competing for mass, players engage in a frantic battle for supremacy through intense 10-minute rounds, gathering up to eight players. Acquiring mass also grants points and the player with the most points at the end of the round wins. It is a relentlessly competitive experience, an easy to pick-up but hard to master game, with a light-hearted tone echoing the personality of its small development team.
Do I need another FPS in my life? Nope. But Reflections is the kind of studio where you have a bit of faith that this will be something different, and well worth playing. We'll have more on Atomega next week, and in the meantime you can check out the official site here, and there are some lovely screens of the game below. You've got to love that fisheye lens.