The first game from Burnout creators Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry's indie studio Three Fields Entertainment has been announced: Dangerous Golf.
Golf games might not be the most popular of the sporting genre – or of any genre, of course – but they should be, because Everybody's Golf exists. And it's amazing.
But Dangerous Golf is a very different proposition – you're not trying to shoot for par, you're shooting for total destruction of the course and as high a combo score as possible.
This comes by pulling off trick shots, the aforementioned destruction and landing the ball as far away from the hole as possible. Do you see what they did there?
There's also talk of a Smashbreaker. For those of you not as cool and knowing as me. As for the attitude of the game – well, Ward says it's a mix of things:
"We wanted to mix the attitude of Burnout with the destruction of Black whilst setting the golf ball on fire - a nod to NBA Jam."
I will take that list of influences, thanks.
There's an emphasis on multiplayer play and high scorce-chasing, with local multiplayer sitting alongside online turn-based play, as well as the leaderboards you might expect.
There's also a lot of talk about the game being very heavy on that whole 'physics' thing: there are "thousands of physically simulated rigid body valuables," and you can "shatter priceless heirlooms into small pieces and paint the environments with physically simulated liquids".
Which is nice. What's also nice is the chance of a Burnout 3 spiritual successor should Dangerous Golf not immediately bankrupt the studio and leave everyone unemployed:
"We've been talking about [a new racing game] on and off for the past probably 4 or 5 years, so yeah, we know exactly what to do... It's probably going to involve driving really fast and hitting things."
There's plenty of detail over on Videogamer, so check it out and do some reading.
Dangerous Golf is coming out at some point in May. I'm officially looking forward to it.