Dark Void Preview

Capcom shows off its Airtight-developed title that pits you against aliens and flying saucers.

Dark Void has been a pretty inscrutable title since it broke last October. Besides the announcement video and initial word, there hasn't been much going on for it. Thankfully, the silence was broken at Capcom 's recent press event, where reps from Capcom and developer Airtight shed some light on the upcoming game and demoed a level. At its heart, the game asks a very simple question: If aliens kidnapped you, would you freak out or stay mellow?

The game's story casts as you as a fairly unlucky guy who's sucked into an alien vortex and winds up in the void, Bermuda Triangle style. It turns out you're not the first human to get nabbed by the aliens, called Watchers, and there's a small contingent of humans surviving within this mysterious space. The action revolves around you exploring your new surroundings and trying to find a way out.

The demo kicked off with our character waking up and discovering he's not in Kansas anymore--unless Kansas is currently under siege by alien forces. The demo recalled the opening of Halo in that you're running about as all hell breaks loose around you. The pacing sped up as our guy grabbed a weapon and started defending himself. While at this point the demo seemed pretty standard, the action shifted considerably when the jetpack and vertical combat came into play. The notion of the vertical combat is straightforward; the character just zips up, grabs onto something, and starts climbing up, using anything he can for cover. But once you factor in the mobility offered by the jetpack, the action gets awesomely frantic (though not necessarily friendly to those prone to motion sickness--anyone watching may need to pack some Dramamine).

Capcom and Airtight will be pitting you against aliens in the upcoming Dark Void.

A bit later in the demo we saw more free flight as our boy upgraded his hover pack to a jetpack. As with most of the weapons and accessories you'll collect, your gear is upgradeable to bigger and better items. The jetpack was key for the final sequence of the demo, which showcased air combat, jetpack versus flying saucer. Yes, at first blush this doesn't sound too fair, but that was before the air jacking, when our intrepid hero yanked at some plates around the saucer and got rid of the pilot. From the sound of it you'll have at least two options when trying to take a craft, either disabling it or taking out its shields and knocking the pilot off so you can take the controls. The demo faded out as a massive, robotic, beetlelike boss hauled on up and gave us a menacing glare.

The look of the demo showed some promise and nice bits of tech. The visuals were detailed and the environments had a nice sense of scale. Everything felt big and wide open, which helped sell the sense of flight and vertical combat. The art style and designs in the game looked interesting, especially for the Watcher vehicles. We're curious to see more of the aliens and their world. The demo's New Mexico-mesa look was a good fit for the action, and the closing tease of the boss has us eager to see where the visuals are headed. We also have to call out how smooth the action runs, even this far out. While the animation still needs some polishing, the game's frame rate was surprisingly smooth.

Dark Void is looking like an intriguing title to keep an eye out for. Airtight seems to be getting into the right zone, crafting a slick successor to Crimson Skies. We don't care if it isn't a proper sequel, we're just looking for some flying, ship jacking, and action done right. If the game can deliver this, we'll be pleased. At the moment we see some promise and are hoping to see everything take a more consistent shape. Dark Void is slated to ship next year. Look for more on the game in the coming months.

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48 comments
kyr88
kyr88

seriously ppl i liked the game but it only lasted 5,5 hours or so. it has a lot of similarities in the plot with mass effect, weapons are a complete dissapointment and the jet pack is cool but only if u learn to use it correctly. Bottomline i would rent it not buy it.

Foustus
Foustus

it seems to be Prey mixed with Dead Space with a jetpack thrown in but could be a fun game

Uncle_Rell
Uncle_Rell

Looks nice but trying to be dead space

badalhoca77
badalhoca77

Nice alien designs! Looks fun too! Waiting for a playable demo.

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I went away to watch the trailer. It makes it look cool. I like it.

danwarecritic
danwarecritic

I don't normally play too many shooters. But Resident Evil 4 was successful. Mind you I haven't played RE4 but it looks like a nice game. Lost Planet looks interesting as well. Maybe because LP is from the original creator of Mega Man. So I believe Capcom has a winning formula with shooters. Someone should make a Card Fighters TCG with King Of Fighters, Lost Planet, Dead Rising, Devil Kings, Street Fighter, Metal Slug, Breath of Fire, Samurai Shodown, Last Blade, Viewtiful Joe, Okami, God Hand, and this. That would be cool.

Yokuz1166
Yokuz1166

The escaping part sounds pretty good, and the storyline could be solid. Other than that, I can't get too much outta this.

Ponczman
Ponczman

hmmmm looks similiar to deep space.....

IcySandman
IcySandman

thenewau25-Its coming out for 360, PS3, and PC.

funktacious2
funktacious2

I'll to see more of this in action before I can develop an opinion on this one...

bodylotion
bodylotion

Not sure what to expect from this game but i like Sci-Fi so i should keep track of this one.

dacredens
dacredens

lookin really really REALLY ... gay

JJB03
JJB03

sweet! the UFO jacking and shooting aliens on a side of a wall looks well good i hopee they have other stuff that aint in other shooters aswell

cwilli2010
cwilli2010

YES!!! A jetpack game that isn't super fast paced!! !!!!!!~FINALLY~!!!!!!!

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

I like the way that the perspective shifts when the combat takes place hanging on to a cliff ledge. Some decent ideas here.

bybeach
bybeach

Somehow this has a good sound to it. A winner, and not at all with sarcasm. A true winner, potentially. I like it when ppl. start thinking. Vertigal isn`t new, but treating it as a battlefield while in that mode looks like it has promise. And the story may kick in, also. Those are starts. Let` see !

kowycs
kowycs

it's look very gooooood i like it:D

Dragonblade01
Dragonblade01

It's certainly a unique idea that isn't often explored in the world of shooters (at least not to this extent). Here's to hoping that this won't be just another gimmicky shooter.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

looks pretty nice but budget titles are the future. how is this related to crimson skies even

conformist
conformist

Maybe it's just what nursing school has done to me, but when I hear "dark void" I imagine dark piss...

pidow
pidow

I will be looking forwarded to playing this game...not only different, but real different.

rammsteingamer
rammsteingamer

This game is a lot promising, let´s just hope it doesn´t end up a mediocre shooting game !! It seems to have a lot more potencial than that !! Head´s up !

h2owizard
h2owizard

cap com is pitting us against aliens!!??? omg thats amazing and original!!!! a video game we get to fight aliens with guns?? mind blowing

jknight5422
jknight5422

"But once you factor in the mobility offered by the jetpack, the action gets awesomely frantic (though not necessarily friendly to those prone to motion sickness--anyone watching may need to pack some Dramamine)." Usually when a game is run in 3rd person, you don't get dizzy from it. But if they found a way to produce dizziness and they can't allow you to control the motion somehow, then I won't be able to play this game. Which is sad because it looks like a good game.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

Next Gen Destroy All Humans! But REVERSED! :P Looks like fun though, i like the upgradeable weapons and items.

Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

Nice, sounds awesome. Capcom rulezz

BontraXenderKyl
BontraXenderKyl

I'm telling you guys Capcom won't give us a GREAT game so be surprised if it will.

vito_128
vito_128

If it is open wold then im in

bioghost
bioghost

its better being an open world game!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sounds cool, I'll be watching it

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

It's from the guys who made Crimson Skies. It's also in EGM (the one with Splatterhouse on the cover).

islandboisl
islandboisl

where did this come from anyway? Haven't even seen it in any of the gaming magazines.

nth1739
nth1739

Never heard of this game until today, but rocket packs instantly make any game better LOL

snuglytedybear
snuglytedybear

Very excited for Dark Void. Looks like an average 3rd person shooter with a dash of Tribes, which makes it look incredible.

watson_twenty5
watson_twenty5

At first I wasn't too keen on this game. Now that a bit more info has popped up I will say that it has caught my attention. You can relive the glory days of The Rocketeer. Sounds like a good time to me.