Inversion upturning 360, PS3 in 2010

Namco Bandai and TimeShift developer crafting new gravity-bending third-person co-op shooter for Sony's and Microsoft's consoles next year.

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The laws of physics have been repeatedly violated by the gaming industry in recent years, thanks to the likes of Valve's Portal or LucasArts' Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Today, Namco Bandai announced that it would be taking its own liberties with Sir Isaac Newton with Inversion, a new gravity-defying gaming property. The game is expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010.

I believe I can fly! I believe I can touch the sky!

Described as a third-person co-op shooter, Inversion sees gamers manipulating gravity with the help of the versatile "grappler" weapon. The device will let players turn heavy objects into shields or high-velocity bullets, and it can also be used to expose enemy combatants hiding under cover. Namco Bandai notes that Inversion will feature destructible environments courtesy of the Havok Destruction engine.

Beyond its physics-heavy gameplay, Inversion tells the story of a near-future human race that has been overrun by a foreign enemy known as the Lutadore. The invaders bring with them the game's defining gravity-manipulation devices. These weapons' effects are complicated by a seemingly tangential rift in the fundamental physical force that ties objects together, causing various parts of the unidentified city to become zero-gravity hot zones.

Inversion is in development at Saber Interactive. The New York-based developer is perhaps best known for TimeShift, a sci-fi shooter that received lukewarm reviews upon its release for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in 2007.

Discussion

47 comments
dark_rising76
dark_rising76

confused by the title of this story. Is this definitely coming out in 2010 or 2011?

MuddVader
MuddVader

The main character looks like Chris Redfield in RE5 from behind

24k_Solid_Gold
24k_Solid_Gold

Interesting concept I must say, but if if doesn't work, the game'll suck.

cpinheiro2
cpinheiro2

I shall try it out. PS3 lacks good third person coop shooter games. Actually, may I say it lacks ANY third person coop shooter games ?!

Bludbathurikane
Bludbathurikane

Hope its not like timeshift or bionic commando.....both of them sucked big time!! I am with VXLbeast...it'll either be very good or very bad....lets see how it turns out!

Gjinckxs85
Gjinckxs85

Lutadore, matadore. Bull Fights in Zero G! Nice touch! lol

xstation14
xstation14

Looks generic and a lame rip-off of the Half-Life 2 gravity gun

fatooosh
fatooosh

this game like Psi-Ops i love this game i hope will be more than 10 hours gameplay

Deranged_Devil
Deranged_Devil

I'm pretty interested to see how this will turn out, It's a nice concept I must say.

rob_dAmAgE
rob_dAmAgE

go! Saber INteractive!! i loved timeshift!!! seriously underrated!!!

hot_shot_9
hot_shot_9

Lutadore, reminds me of a luchadore. XD

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

So you spend the whole game with a tractor beam?

master_zidane
master_zidane

Sounds cool. We'll just have to wait and see how this one turns out. I like the concept.

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

I liked Psyops. it was pretty fun, but really, in this day and age, the "ragdoll" effect of gravity is really getting old... if this game's only claim to fame is a pit of gravitational magic, then they can keep it. Maybe if they used endorphin it'll be worth a gander.

dentui
dentui

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VXLbeast
VXLbeast

This is one of those games that could be really, really good, or really, really bad. We will have to wait and see. Personally, I am excited to see how it turns out.

terror_ninja
terror_ninja

whhhaaaa???......~_- .... i guess ill try it, story mode will probably suck because messing with physics is generally only fun when theres 2 or more people trying to do really stupid stuff.... like make a car really lite then drop it on the other person at the same time increasing its mass....hehehe

osiris
osiris

Ummm ya... When the whole selling point is the ant-gravity gun, I'm with the others on this one. It better be a Bioware-type storyline or this is just another FPS that hopes to sell on a not-quite-new gimmick.

xert420
xert420

hummm........me thinks i smell a hot steamer

ropumar
ropumar

I like is being made third person. But I don't know if Namco has enough money and experts developer to really push the technology, because unless this game is very impressive technically, there is no way a new IP shooter will get attention needed, even if gameplay and storyline are good.

falconclan
falconclan

When I was a boy, FPS games didn't need gimmicks, because they didn't suck.

dvilified
dvilified

Please don't be like TimeShift Please don't be like TimeShift

beefbeet
beefbeet

I remember when it was called the gravity gun

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

too much 'effort' put into the headline sometimes me thinks

Wings_008
Wings_008

am increasingly exited about 2010, new decade, new console (for me!) and new place to live 2010 is going to be great

kvan33
kvan33

Well, we all know that games centered around one gimick have great lasting appeal. Just look at how great Fracture was.....oh, wait a minute.

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

I can't wait for more FPS or TPS to be flooded on the PS3 and 360.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

either gonna be an amazing game that tops the review charts, or gonna be a 5/10. This should be interesting.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Hope this game turns out good. or atleast interesting.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

Hopefully its better than Timeshift

xstaggerxleex
xstaggerxleex

radical toenail or the grapple gun in Lost Planet

SoNin360
SoNin360

@Zerosumgame- The article clearly says that it is a "third-person co-op shooter" At least read the article before you decide to bash it...

dukerav
dukerav

This all sounds like a HL 2 Mod.,

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Hopefully this game will be better than Timeshift...

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

Stop making this BS, and give us some Ace Combat 7.

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

Wow! another FPS! way to go creativity! eew ... f sick!

Dante2710
Dante2710

should be interesting i guess

rmerri52
rmerri52

I'll wait for reviews seeing how i didn't like timeshift.

atopp399
atopp399

Another shoot em up game? Is this what is considered a "hard core" game?

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

" Inversion sees gamers manipulating gravity with the help of the versatile "Grappler" weapon. The device will let players turn heavy objects into shields or high-velocity bullets, and it can also be used to expose enemy combatants hiding under cover."

It sounds a lot like the grav-gun from Half-Life 2. I need more information about what it does!