TRAILER | X360 Friday, March 26, 2010 | 4:37 PM

Hydrophobia as exclusive title on XLA

Hydrophobia as exclusive title on XLA

Dark Energy Digital has announced that Microsoft will publish their game Hydrophobia exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade. The third-person survial game should be available later this year. Press release, images and a trailer after the jump.

Press release:


Microsoft to publish Hydrophobia as Exclusive title on Xbox LIVE® Arcade


Dark Energy Digital, a British developer and publisher of video games specializing in digital delivery, is delighted to announce the upcoming action-adventure blockbuster “HydrophobiaTM” will be published exclusively on Xbox LIVE® Arcade.

“HydrophobiaTM” has been developed using Dark Energy Digital’s own “InfiniteWorldsTM” game creation system, which uses bespoke procedural technology. This allows for a AAA retail quality experience for a tiny fraction of the usual file size, pushing back the boundaries for downloadable games.

The game will also be the first outing for Dark Energy Digital’s revolutionary “HydroEngineTM” technology – the first true fluid dynamics engine for games. “HydroEngineTM” models flowing water in real-time, a true physics simulation with emergent behavior which affects objects and characters in the scene with jaw-dropping authenticity.

“HydrophobiaTM” is set in the near future when the world has become massively over-populated, and takes place onboard the “Queen of the World”, a city sized ship which tours the globe and is home to the wealthy elite. An epic backstory reveals the rise of Malthusian politics as all eyes look to NanoCell, one of the Founding Fathers of the great vessel, who has vowed to develop the technology which will feed the burgeoning human population.

“Hydrophobia is set to be a trailblazing title which expands the spectrum of what is possible on Xbox LIVE Arcade. HydroEngine delivers a gameplay experience unlike anything you have seen before and, with awesome graphics and an epic backstory to boot, Hydrophobia really is the full package” – Mark Coates, Producer, Microsoft Game Studios.

Trailer

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Commented on 2010-03-26 17:45:02
Very impresive looking for an xla game I must say
Commented on 2010-03-26 17:49:45
Looks great for a XLA game, will have to check it out
Commented on 2010-03-26 18:06:50
looking good for an XBLA game.
Commented on 2010-03-26 18:10:20
Loved the tech demo. dont see in that trailer how the water affects the game that much, a tad much action packed maybe. But very interested still.
Commented on 2010-03-26 19:02:05
Shadow Complex and now this.
I wanna see more games like this on XBLA.
Commented on 2010-03-26 20:33:55
XBLA sure is moist with this and Hydro Thunder Hurricane being announced!
Commented on 2010-03-26 20:35:23
AHHHH! BOLLOX!
i been following this for a while now... and well i am pissed for obvious reasons *sigh*
What happened to it been a full on retail game? it was planned to be.

Taken a kick in the balls visually since I last saw it, mind you last I saw it in a magazine, it was planned for retail.
Commented on 2010-03-26 21:11:12
awesome. Looking forward to seeing the much talked about water effects in motion. Just hope it's not stupidly priced, and the chapters are value for the money

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Commented on 2010-03-26 21:29:36 In reply to ManThatYouFear
Posted by ManThatYouFear
AHHHH! BOLLOX!
i been following this for a while now... and well i am pissed for obvious reasons *sigh*
What happened to it been a full on retail game? it was planned to be.

Taken a kick in the balls visually since I last saw it, mind you last I saw it in a magazine, it was planned for retail.
Sorry mate. maybe it's time u get a 360 ;)

This is looking good. I have been watching this for a while!
Commented on 2010-03-26 21:34:29
You kidding alimo i am still on my 9th 360 :) i am not daft enough to not have one, just don't like using it lol
Commented on 2010-03-26 21:35:24 In reply to ManThatYouFear
Posted by ManThatYouFear
You kidding alimo i am still on my 9th 360 :) i am not daft enough to not have one, just don't like using it lol
9th??? Holy crap man... I know the machine has had problems but u went through 9???
Commented on 2010-03-26 22:33:05
9th 360? man you must think the 360's freakin awesome if you're prepared to put up with it dieing 8 times on you and still give microsoft your money
Commented on 2010-03-26 23:41:28
That or he got them replaced within warranty. I'm on my 5th. Thank God 2 of those broke within 30 days of buying from Bestbuy.
Commented on 2010-03-27 02:29:59
I'm now officially interested in this arcade game, thank you.
Though the female protagonist leads me to believe there will be terrible writing to compliment it-- Never the less my eye is on you!
Commented on 2010-03-27 02:48:57
I had my first 360 for what seemed like an agonizing eternity. I mean everyone knows the 360 is loud and used to be louder, but there was seriously something proper mental about mine especially. It was SO LOUD. All I could hope for was that it'd die so that I'd either be able to get it replaced/fixed, or it would force me to run out and buy a new one. While it still worked it seemed like an unreasonable thing to do.

And the bastard just kept on working! Aaaaah! I eventually did sell it (to someone planning to mod it, which made me feel pretty good about unloading it on his unappreciating pirating arse) and got myself an elite. As far as I know, it's still out there....


...working.
Commented on 2010-03-27 03:15:16 In reply to itaintrite
Posted by itaintrite
That or he got them replaced within warranty. I'm on my 5th. Thank God 2 of those broke within 30 days of buying from Bestbuy.
true..but i'm assuming he's still buying games for it. If i was on my 9th i'd take the hint that it's just not ment to be..try my luck with the ps3 and enjoy a new colour of death
Commented on 2010-03-27 03:47:46 In reply to ManThatYouFear
Posted by ManThatYouFear
You kidding alimo i am still on my 9th 360 :) i am not daft enough to not have one, just don't like using it lol
Perhaps its time to stop blaming microsoft and start thinking that it might be you that doing the RRoD.
Commented on 2010-03-27 09:40:41 In reply to plmko
Posted by plmko
Perhaps its time to stop blaming microsoft and start thinking that it might be you that doing the RRoD.
RRoD isnt the fault of the user.
I'm on my 5th 360 and they have always been standing completely still on the floor with 30cm air-space on all sides, above and behind. And obviously my living room is quite large and cool, its not like i live in Dubai with 50 degree C heat.

The fact is, 360's just seem to break down randomly, as if on a timer.
Commented on 2010-03-27 09:55:01
I haven't seen this game moving (are there vid's?) but the water looks to be the star.

Maybe that's part of the horror aspect... fear of drowning.
Commented on 2010-03-27 10:36:32 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
I haven't seen this game moving (are there vid's?) but the water looks to be the star.

Maybe that's part of the horror aspect... fear of drowning.
...there's a video attached to the post
Commented on 2010-03-27 10:43:01
oh cool, I didn't notice over all the Red Ring of Death crap.

Thanks!
Commented on 2010-03-27 14:01:38
daaamn that looks....shity as hell :)
Commented on 2010-03-27 15:53:27 In reply to Baleur
Posted by Baleur
360's just seem to break down randomly
Yeah, I should prolly add that the Elite I bought broke.
Commented on 2010-03-27 16:14:54 In reply to Baleur
Seen a couple off-screen videos from PAX10, and it looks a bit like tomb raider. looks promising.
Posted by Baleur
The fact is, 360's just seem to break down randomly, as if on a timer.
random? yes... timer? no. that on is the defenition of ps3 and it's YLOD that starts showing 2 years after purchase. when the warranty is kaput.
Commented on 2010-03-27 16:35:57 In reply to 3monthsp
Posted by 3monthsp
random? yes... timer? no. that on is the defenition of ps3 and it's YLOD that starts showing 2 years after purchase. when the warranty is kaput.
what like mine thats a launch and erm... fine
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