A2M rebrands, confirms Wet 2

Naughty Bear also getting a sequel from the company now known as Behaviour; upcoming titles for 3DS, PSP2 also hinted at.

Artificial Mind and Movement--more popularly known by the moniker A2M--has been busy of late. The Canadian developer has just finished the Wii port for The Sims 3, after releasing MySims SkyHeroes, Naughty Bear, and the PSP version of Dante's Inferno, along with a number of downloadable titles this year. The studio, which bills itself as Canada's largest independent developer, today confirmed sequels for the critically panned Naughty Bear, as well as 2009's more favorably reviewed stylized third-person shooter Wet. Neither title yet has a confirmed publisher.

The Eliza Dushku-voiced Wet was released in 2009 to mixed though generally favorable reviews.

The company announced the new titles jointly with a new name--henceforth it is to be known as Behaviour. The studio formerly known as A2M was originally known as Behaviour in the 1990s and latterly adopted the Artificial Mind and Movement moniker.

As well as Wet 2 and Naughty Bear 2, the company confirmed it was developing an XBLA title called Doritos Crash Course and a number of unannounced titles. These titles will be across multiple platforms, including "next generation handhelds," though no more details were offered by the developer. The company also has Rango in the works--a multiplatform family-friendly title, which is being developed for EA and Paramount Digital. Rango: The Video Game will tie in with the 2011 Jonny Depp animated film of the same name, though EA confirmed to GameSpot that Depp would not be lending his voice to the game tie-in.

It is also launching a Facebook game in November and has a "casual" massively multiplayer online game coming in early 2011. Behaviour intends to continue its work both developing its own IP, as well as working on a for-hire basis for other larger developers and publishing houses.

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neonjet24
neonjet24

CAN SOMETHING OR SOMEONE TELL ME WHEN THE CRAP THIS GAME COMES OUT! And when I mean game I mean naughty bear 2.

zinoalex
zinoalex

I thought Wet was a good overall game. Not great. But good and well worth the price I paid for it new.Rubi was an entertaining character and one that many who liked the title wil remember. I don't understand the knock on Eliza for voicing her part. I'm ready for the 2nd release.

datay98
datay98

I am so sad about Naughty Bear's dissapointing critics... :( I am enjoyed the first one and i will enjoy that one too!

Superdude475
Superdude475

Naughty Bear's getting a sequel? I didn't think it sold that well to even spawn a thought. I loved the concept but the gameplay sucked, if they can fix that in Naughty Bear 2 then maybe I'll pick that up.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Wet had potential, that was pretty much just wasted. For a game about a character that does any kind of work, to boil down simply to a QTE filled, shallow acting game was pretty disappointing. Hopefully they better capitalize on this idea, and vary up the gameplay.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

I thought the demo for Wet was awesome never got round to buying it tho

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

Wow! a bunch of critics panned NB?? i guess i shouldn't play it?? (...ordering it now, because I prefer to think for myself and because I thought Wet was awesome!)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Well, if Behaviour really knuckles down and does the best it can I am sure they call pull off some winners. The ideas are there but the execution is a little weak in my opinion.

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

I really don't understand the violent dislike for Wet. I thought it was a good game... slightly shallow, silly and a bit rough around the edges, but good fun. Great soundtrack too.

X-RS
X-RS

while cant say ive been impressed with the releases, as canadas largest indie developer, i hope they continue to flourish. theyd have the power to REALY help the game industry out.

MaverickVll
MaverickVll

Aww, I loved that name. Bring back A2M!

brok
brok

So basically if you make two critically destroyed games, all you need to do is change the company name? Surely you'd be trying to distance yourself as much as possible from Wet? making a sequel probably isn't really the best idea

Pete5506
Pete5506

Wet had its moments, I wouldn't mind seeing a Wet 2

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! WET 2= day 1 buy.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I was so dissapointed with Wet last year and I don't think this will make me change my mind. And why are they making another Naughty Bear, it got terrible reviews.

EPaul
EPaul

Ok, at least they dont give up on their franchises

Crumblet
Crumblet

Releasing sequels for Wet and Naughty Bear? Doesn't sound like a good business move on A2M's part, but ok...

coaltango
coaltango

@dynomitemasta I dont blindly rely on critics. i always dl the demo & then watch some gameplay on youtube & then i give the final verdict. maybe u need to set ur standard a bit high instead of just being happy with a 7.5

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

@tenaus Just because it's a sequel doesn't means it's actually going to be improved. See Alundra 2 for the PS1 to see a sequel that wasn't improved but degraded in almost every single way.

Elite_Bushido
Elite_Bushido

WHHYY!! how the hell did it even sell enough to warrant a sequel? ;|

CheeseRa
CheeseRa

A2M is such a joke. They think they're so important in the Canadian video game industry yet all they make is horse sh*t.

carllfc
carllfc

I loved the theme and story of Wet, however the game wasnt equally loved. I do have confidence that the second will be much improved though.

WilliamSmith45
WilliamSmith45

Naughty Bear was a failure yet they wanna make a sequel.

racing1750
racing1750

The first wet was just as the title suggested. I hope the sequel improves upon the originals weaknesses.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

I really don't mind the idea of a sequel for "Wet", I had a lot of fun playing it. About Nughty Bear, well... the concept and the idea was ok, hope they will improve it's gameplay for the next one.

deathstream
deathstream

These are actually 2 really smart moves by the company. A2M was too generic so rebranding makes sense. With this generation of consoles getting an extended life, the sequels make sense too and expect to see more companies do the same. Behaviour has many of the assets already inplace to make sequels to the two underperformers. The can tweak the engines for better performance. They can address the most common issues reviewers and gamers had with the first games. They can do it quickly and releatively cheaply. Naughty Bear and Wet already have name recognition, so it is better than starting with a new IP. If they make the right improvements and put a higher quality title for each game, gamers will forget all about how bad/mediocre the first one was. Once people start seeing reviews of 8+, the negatives of the first games are distant memories. The only question I have is whether Behaviour can deliver better than A2M did.

ps3ownz97
ps3ownz97

lol couldn't they think of a better name than "wet 2"

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

So, instead of sequels like "Half-Life 2: Episode 3," & "Kingdom Hearts 3", we get sequels to an average game & a downright awful game.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I don't mind Wet 2 but Naughty Bear's sequel!? Really!? :(

gshell
gshell

glad to see wet get another shot.....it did have it problems and i forgave a lot but i still liked the game and the protagonist....wet with rubi to me reminds me a lot of bloodrayne with rayne....a game that critics were some what mixed on but garnered a few fans....

vinibr
vinibr

I guess those games have enough fan base and unexplored development space. Thus, they deserve sequels.

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Why do companies continue to make sequels for less than stellar games?

dylan417
dylan417

Did anyone even buy that game?

Nooberman2k
Nooberman2k

I enjoyed Wet as a rental. I'm not so keen on a sequel to it though. I very much suspect it'll be 'more of the same'. No bad thing perhaps but the original started to get a little repetitive later on.

Grimcicle
Grimcicle

Behavior is probably a better name for a game developer than Ass 2 Mouth.

Evenios
Evenios

it should be called wetter not wet too. Wait Wetter sounds funny thats a word right?

Evenios
Evenios

are you ready to get even wetter? winks

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

didn't like WET and naughty bear was just trash. why/how would you make sequels to games that you could find in the bargain bin mere months after release? isn't that going against the whole concept of MAKING MONEY.

Zanoh
Zanoh

Why is it that Developers like these still stay afloat? If anything Cing Inc. delievers way better games and yet gamers don't pay attention to them. :/

razorzs
razorzs

i hope it's release for pc too..

Jaggermaster
Jaggermaster

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Killingspree303
Killingspree303

Unless they improve the sequels to Wet and Naughty Bear a lot... Well, at least I'm not buying it. Naughty Bear had such potential!

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

@dynomitemasta This is not about '' trying out for ourselves ''. It's about reading reviews and capturing the essential out of it to evaluate if the cited problems or fault of a said game will bother you. That's why people read critics. Not because they don't have an opinion, no, but because they want to extract the things that will or will not bother them. And not everybody has the money or time to try out everything that comes out. Metacritics are often spot on on the overall score a game should have.

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

@McNeelyJ39 A2M have announced they are developing it. There is no information on a publisher as yet.