Portal designer reveals new game

Kim Swift's downloadable title Soul Fjord will be exclusive to $99 Android-powered Ouya console.

Portal designer Kim Swift and the team at Airtight Games have announced Soul Fjord, a downloadable game due out exclusively on the $99 Android-powered Ouya console.

Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman revealed in February that Swift and Airtight Games were working on an Ouya-exclusive, though its name and details were not divulged until this week.

Soul Fjord is described as a randomly generated dungeon-crawler with rhythm-based combat. The game is set in a fantasy world where the genres of '70s funk and soul have melded with Norse mythology.

In Soul Fjord, gamers player as Magnus Jones, a warrior slain in battle but brought to Valhalla by the valkyries. As it turns out, Magnus has been left off the guest list and must fight his way to the World Tree to salvage his reputation as "baddest Viking in town" to gain entry to Valhalla.

Swift also worked on Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 at Valve before she left in 2009.

The Ouya launches publicly on June 4 through retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GAME, GameStop, and Target, as well as through the Ouya online store. Additional controllers can be purchased for $50.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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47 comments
NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

Ohhh... I was wondering when we'd see Too Human 2.

SpaceDr00ze
SpaceDr00ze

I definitely think that I am the minority here, but I am happy that the Ouya exists. I always see a lot of comments about how "it doesn't meet the quality of the 360 and PS3" or "Android isn't a serious platform for gaming", but honestly, I'm not sure it is trying to be those things. 


I think the purpose of the Ouya is to give more freedom to the people that play the games. It is an inexpensive console that is widely available and easy to program for. We aren't going to get amazing graphics, but we can still get incredibly good game-play.  With Android being an open OS, anyone will be able to develop for it. The barrier between developer and player will be even smaller. It is a great place to get a start. Maybe the Ouya will give creator of the next giant studio its start.


Or it could just be a shameless cash in. Who knows.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Dig the game, not sure about the system

hadlee73
hadlee73

I love the weird ideas Kim Swift comes up with :)

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

I'm glad to see Ouya is getting exclusives (as cute as that sounds).  

Any console needs 'em, and this game looks like a riot of fun.

Thatkidstevo
Thatkidstevo

I think this looks fantastic for what it is. 

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

Ouya? But my phone is stronger than that !!!! T_T

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

I want Portal 3, Half-Life 3, and Left 4 Dead 3.  That is all.

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

The Ouya may be a longshot in the console market, but that's how it's going to survive...one indie exclusive after another, since no Mainstream AAA studio will take a chance on this.

Build up enough of an indie-exclusive stable, and the low $99 price tag makes it a more likely purchase for the average gamer.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Sooo Kim Swift must be providing sandwiches to the devs at Airtight Games who are working on the game, or did I read the article wrong.

LokiHero
LokiHero

I like how Valve made their enormous pile of money by offering an open sales platform that allowed both content creators and consumers easy access to the market and now they're making a console complete with exclusive titles.

It's sort of like how Apple went from a producer of open-source, developer-friendly software to a domineering, litigious aggressor in pretty much all things.

Thanks, Gaben.

advancedcaveman
advancedcaveman

I stopped reading at "randomly generated dungeon crawler with "rhythm based combat." 

Lucky_Krystal
Lucky_Krystal

"New game by portal designer Kim Swift"

Me: YAY!

"Exclusive to Ouya"

Me: Goddammit....

Myst17
Myst17

That viking's a bad motha' <shut yo' mouth!>
Lol, could be really funny. :P

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

The guys that made Portal are going from decent to shitty and, next thing you know, shittiest.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I love the 70s vibe in this trailer.  Brings back some memories.  :D

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

What a weird setting O.o

pcty
pcty

It might end up being good but since it is in the OUYA I'll be passing it.

And I 'm pretty sure that if this turn out to be good it will be released on steam.

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

Why does the commercial feel like one from 1985?

Ovirew
Ovirew

Okay, well this just looks flipping awesome.

...But I still don't know if the intelligent gamer is going to want to invest in a console that is loaded with DLC and micro-transactions, and out-dates itself like every year.  Ouya is kind of a wait-and-see thing, I think.

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

@SpaceDr00ze  

I don't hate the console, it just seems pointless to me.  Don't we all already have PCs for this type of game? And phones if it absolutely needs a touch screen for the gameplay?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Whitescarver Yes, especially the short glimpse at 0:31,  showing a helmet with horns on. That's highly historically inaccurate! 

Other than that, it'll be interesting to see how a Ouya exclusive title might look and play like, because that console is completely new.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@J_Dangerously Good for Ouya, maybe. Indie devs going Ouya-exclusive though? I don't know... Their market share is restricted as it is.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

@LokiHero wow ain't you ignorant the ouya isn't made by valve sherlock and the game isn't either its made by a former valve employee 

kagento
kagento

@Ovirew Ouya itself doesn't rely on top of the line hardware. It would be more or less as a modern phone (and not even that to some standards). I think what's interesting is the platform's promise and, basically, having small games playable with a gamepad for very cheap. It won't be a streamline console, that's for sure, but it's most definitely an interesting concept...
I do agree though. The first few months are going to be crucial to it, and I will be judging my purchase upon what I see.

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

"out-dates itself"

"kind of a wait-and-see thing"

Uh oh...

MetalDragon199
MetalDragon199

@Ovirew its already outdated it uses tegra 3 which was ancient hardware when it was new now tegra 4 is out so ....

Whitescarver
Whitescarver

@Hurvl The Ouya is pointless, it is tablet hardware packed in a nicely wrapped cube. The "console" is doing nothing more than segmenting the games market more than it already is. Between two mobile markets, a handheld market, three consoles and PC market constantly at each others throats we have no room for another platform to play games on, especially one that claims to be a game consoles but is nothing more than any other Android tablet. 

LokiHero
LokiHero

@FlyingAce1016 @LokiHero 

My mistake, misread a part of the article.

Without your aggressive tone and dubious grammar, I never would have noticed and corrected my mistake, thank you and have a lovely day.

wexorian
wexorian

@kagento @Ovirew it has Tegra 3 CPU it's Mroe powerfull than 99% phones, Only latest Samsung Phones have tegra 3 , Also it's cheap and it has chance to ADd something interesting to gaming world or it can be failure with Million Useless Android games.  

wexorian
wexorian

@MetalDragon199 @Ovirew Yew it's wait and see thing, Tgera 4 will be in Nvidia shield. also Tegra 3 is quite powerfull.

Whitescarver
Whitescarver

@AhvrenStone The Ouya has the graphics ability of about an original Xbox, surely it's nothing to brag about. Anything the Ouya can do can be done on current gen 8 year old consoles far better, with far better controls, graphics, everything. Do it on PC and it's far cheaper, with unlimited possibilities. The Ouya is pointless. 

CoD has nothing to do with this conversation, implying that I am a sheep that flocks to every cookie cutter FPS doesn't help your arguement. It doesn't change the fact that there are better platforms for games to be developed for than the Ouya, it's an under powered toy. The PC has been doing what the Ouya is trying to accomplish for years, the only thing Ouya is doing now is make a quick buck year after year with constant upgrades with minimal improvement like all android based hardware. 

AhvrenStone
AhvrenStone

@Whitescarver @Hurvl The Ouya is only pointless if you cannot see the game for the graphics.  In that case, enjoy your Call of Duty clones on the PlaystationBox or whatever the kids these days argue about.

FlyingAce1016
FlyingAce1016

@LokiHero @FlyingAce1016 What aggressive tone? Being Ignorant isn't an insult, but a state of wrongful and or lack of information on a given subject. I just found it funny. ;)

luqmanr
luqmanr

@wexorian @kagento @Ovirew lolwut? No Samsung phones have had tegra 3 in it. No, it's not more powerful than 99% phones. Though, since it doesn't run on batteries and does have a cooling fan, the chip can be overclocked to raise it's performance, probably to match up to some of the best performing phones and tablets on the market right now..

kagento
kagento

@wexorian @kagento @Ovirew I could be wrong but, despite the processor being one of the most powerful, the rest of the specs fall down a bit compared with other existing devices. However, hardware is not the issue here. As you say, the point of it all is getting cheap android games and liberate devs of other platform's barriers. I really hope it can add something to the fray and that it isn't riddled with shovelware.