Double Fine en-Trenched on XBLA

GDC 2011: Tim Schafer's studio bringing third-person shooter, tower-defense hybrid featuring mechs to Microsoft's downloadable platform.

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Handing out accolades to last year's top titles was the name of the game at last night's Game Developers Choice Awards, and Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption rode off with another saddlebag of statues. However, the night also had a future-looking element, as host Tim Schafer capitalized on the opportunity to announce Double Fine's latest downloadable title, Trenched.

And actually, a mobile trench kind of makes sense.

As seen in the game's first trailer (below), Trenched presents the plight of the Mobile Trench Brigade, which has been charged with protecting Earth from an evil invading alien force known as Monovision.

A hybridization of the third-person shooter and tower-defense genres, Trenched sees players erecting stationary defensive constructions as well as lurching about in a highly customizable mech warfare suit. According to Double Fine, players will be afforded thousands of different options to customize their mechs.

Trenched will also feature an online co-op mode, where players can join up with other players throughout the world to battle the invading force. Double Fine has yet to offer word on whether the game will have a competitive component.

Like Double Fine's recently announced Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, Trenched has thus far been announced only for the Xbox 360. Double Fine's other recent downloadable efforts, Costume Quest and Stacking, both enjoyed multiplatform releases through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

Discussion

26 comments
sakanakami
sakanakami

I wonder if this will fill the void left by the shut down of Chromehounds' servers.

LeMeAtOm
LeMeAtOm

interesting, looks stella for a DL title too

TheRealLisaAnn
TheRealLisaAnn

nostalgia time: Is this MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat? Because it looks like that game to me.

EzekyleAbadon
EzekyleAbadon

Double Fine? Check. Tower Defense? Check. Definite purchase. :)

Cobra5
Cobra5

I haven't been a big fan of Double Fine's recent game but this... This seriously looks bad-ass.

monson21502
monson21502

looks pretty cool. glad i can play demos of all arcade games. unlike the other 2 systems i have:(

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

At this point I command them to do whatever they are passionate about, as long as they can remain quality-focused, and sell more than a few copies.

noway78
noway78

dont mind xboxgamer 15 u guys, he is an immature teenager who constantly trolls on the forums, he wouldnt know a good game if it bit him in the arse

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Xbox360Gamer15 @Cwagmire21 While there does need to be a market for games for children, the main problem with Double Fine working on the Sesame Street game is it feels like wasted talent. Most kids that play games and casual gamers can't really distinguish between great games and poorly made games hiding behind a license. My nephew is 3 and loves his poorly made Cars game over any Wii game scoring over an 8.0. I just feel it is unfortunate for Double Fine because their new audience can't really appreciate how great of a company they are.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I was just playing Stacking moments ago. As long as double fine puts their games on PC or PS3 I am happy and will buy.

Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

@Cwagmire21 i am 16 years old....i understand that alot of little kids game....its just that they could be playing better games like need for speed or forza motorsport and stuff....

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@xbox360gamer15 Assuming you're over 5 years old, I would hope you would think Sesame Street is stupid. However, there are more little kids "gaming" than you would think and it's much, much better having them play those types of games rather than ones filled with violence and sex.

howie1926
howie1926

Will be getting this right away....might get sesame street game as well for my kids

Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

that sesame street game looks stupid...only little kids will buy it and not many little kids game....double fines not gonna make money on that....they need to make something like brutal legend again

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

I would not trade my 360 for any other gaming system. Well maybe a BF3 worthy rig!

dark_rising76
dark_rising76

Looks promising. Can't wait to also try out Torchlight next week.

bunnyman14
bunnyman14

HAHAHA! This sounds just like Starship Troopers, awesome!

Sparticus1013
Sparticus1013

I'm still praying for Psychonauts 2 someday. Not that it isn't already obvious by my icon.

MischiefmAker
MischiefmAker

Haha, love that tagline. "Turn no man's land into REAL man's land!"

kickblocker
kickblocker

not to sure if i wanna get this. not normally into this type of game. but i love double fine, so im gonna be paying attention to this one

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

*looks at title* I see what they did there.

Superdude475
Superdude475

Makes me think of the third person RTS battles they did in Brutal Legend, definitely going to watch this one.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Another day, another promising XBLA exclusive. Keep them coming!

Xeon_GQ
Xeon_GQ

I'm not really that big a fan of tower defense games, but if Double Fine's making it I'll definitely keep my eye on it