PS4 getting a FPS with a major twist

In VizionEck, you play as cube, and having low health is actually to your benefit.

The PlayStation 4 is getting a new first-person shooter, but it's far from traditional. Announced on the PlayStation Blog today was a new indie game called VizionEck, which developer VizionEck (yes, that's also the name of the studio) says is "technically an FPS."

"It has very little in common with the traditional FPS though. In the game you play as a Ranger--essentially just a cube," studio founder Michael Ambrust said.

He described the game's art style as "clean and elegant," noting that the studio wanted to make a game that feels "mathematically 'exact.'"

"Almost everything follows a strict set of rules. The resulting world feels extremely harmonious 99% of the time," he says.

This setup creates a "great environment for the gameplay," Ambrust said. One example provided VizionEck's health system.

"As a Ranger, your health is displayed as the brightness of your outlines. Solid white and you're as healthy as an ox. Almost black and you're on the brink of destruction. Even the smallest enemy shot would mark your end," Ambrust said.

Unlike other FPS games, however, having low health is to your benefit in VizionEck, Ambrust says, because the less health you have, the harder it is for enemies to see you. "Positioning yourself over a large black surface makes your cube practically invisible. Sneaking up on another player becomes easy," he said.

"Another example of how the environment creates great gameplay is with the spawn room. There are 24 blocks in the spawn room above, but not all of them are Rangers. By just staying still, you can hide in plain sight," Ambrust went on. "Other players will not know if you're just a block or if you're a Ranger. If the enemy blasts the wrong block, it leaves that player vulnerable for a counterattack."

It's an interesting take on the FPS genre, for sure, and you can see the game's first trailer above. Ambrust notes that the trailer has "lots of secrets and game features hidden in it," so be sure to let us know what you discover in the comments below.

There's no word yet on when VizionEck will be released, or if it's coming to platforms outside of the PS4, but you can follow the game and studio on Twitter and through their website.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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meedokicky
meedokicky

"Other players will not know if you're just a block or if you're a Ranger. If the enemy blasts the wrong block, it leaves that player vulnerable for a counterattack." I was skeptical until this part.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Sounds interresting.

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

thats what happens when you run out of ideas

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Sounds cool, the invisibility thing will be interesting to see. See, you don't need to put hundreds of millions into every game, sometimes the smaller ideas can be just as brilliant.

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

God help us. It's Hypercube. It's come to take us.

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

Eck!  These "next-gen' graphics are mind-blowing...

spuriousgeorge
spuriousgeorge

Looks like it could either be mind-blowing, or eye-gougingly terrible. Would love it to be good, but the black and white geometrical aesthetic was kinda grating on my ever so slightly inebriated vision.

daviz88
daviz88

gaming diversity is always good 

NicholasT33
NicholasT33

For those who are unfamiliar with some indie PC games and think this is cool I recommend; Antichamber, Kairo, Naissancee, and MirrorMoonEP.

Sarobi
Sarobi

Reaction to indies on Steam: Oh wow Valve is helping out everyone and saving the industry! good job Valve!
Reaction to indies on PlayStation: These indies guys are ruining the industry!

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

I love Sony for backing Independent Developers. Its not always about graphics, its about the gameplay. 

force_user1975
force_user1975

You think it's a new awesome game, then you realize it's an Indie game that looks like an Atari 2600 game. What's the point in all the power if these are the types of games you're putting out? Lots of  indie shovelware. 

megakick
megakick

Well that is 1 NAY for PS4.

HipsterStation 4

jecomans
jecomans

So is it a online multiplayer game? Sounds pretty interesting; tactical cube combat.

mlomeara
mlomeara

the secret in the trailer that explains the whole game is the yellow flashy block in the window at 1:04, shhhhh......

faizanhd
faizanhd

Reminds me of Half-Quake for some reason , a Half-Life mod.

I think its the art-style.

tchanah
tchanah

A nice idea. A new take for FPS. bravo for the developer!!

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Another game for the ps4, you don't say? Can somebody please make games for the other systems, this isn't fair for Sony to acquire all these damn titles. No matter how unique they are, all those trolls who don't have games to play are the ones mocking this. Its sad that the xbots aren't gamers anymore, just a couple of demographics that Microsoft can market to...smh.

quakke
quakke

Not FPS, First Person Puzzle game. In FPS you usually kill people, just ask Wolfenstein 3D..

ferna1234
ferna1234

how can it be an FPS if it doesn't have Kevin Spacey in it? its just illogical.

prats93
prats93

The Indiestation at it again.

xantufrog
xantufrog

The description sounds really interesting, and the video looks interesting, 

But the video doesn't really connect with the description...

I really have no idea what I just watched and whether to be actually excited.


They need a better game trailer to market this.

domisbatman
domisbatman

How stoned were they during the development process 

fill3rup75
fill3rup75

Intriguing.. looking forward to seeing more..

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I'm not sure why anybody is bringing up Sony.  Besides it being released for the PS4, Sony has nothing to do with anything.  Not published by Sony, not developed by Sony, and possibly not funded or backed by Sony depending on their indie policies and whether these guys are taking them up on it or not.  Another game to anyone's library is rarely a bad thing.

I'm not particularly interested in it, but I do like the mechanic of being harder to see if your health is lower.  The artsy-fartsy indie game thing is really starting to become dry for me.

kane6911
kane6911

keep this up sony and you might go broke or bust faster than i thought lol. GOOD JOB 

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

actually sounds really interesting


Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

Better than titanfall already....damn y'all some punk ass haters.

SkaiNett
SkaiNett

@TERMINATOR-SSD Boo. Screw indies. Stick It to the Man can suck it. I'd trade that and Mercenary Kings for Driveclub. That being said, this game is somewhat hypnotic. 

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

@Tiger_Ali  Isn't fair? If Sony owns the IP or developer, then yes, it's perfectly fair. Business in gaming isn't supposed to be evenly spread out so that every company has the same stuff, the point is that they have to demonstrate why they're different to the others so that people choose them over the rest. That's competition. If other companies want more games, they should make them. People choose their console and where to spend their money based on what each company provides, and Sony are trying to make sure people choose them by trying to be the best and providing the most. It's not about "being fair". It's about being a good business and providing the best experience.

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

@quakke  No. FPS is First Person Shooter. I'm guessing this game is played in first-person. It also has shooting mechanics. Therefore it's FPS. It doesn't matter if you're killing other people or not, that isn't a requirement.

daviz88
daviz88

it least its better than another KINECT game

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

@xantufrog  Presumably that's coming at E3. In which case, I don't get why they didn't just reveal it then instead of a month before...

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@jinzo9988 xbots have no choice but to acknowledge the superior console when game after game is being announced...meanwhile they count the hay balls rolling across the desert.

Beasley2K
Beasley2K

@kane6911  You mean Sony, the company that's selling the most consoles and has the most games lined up for its console out of the three main gaming studios? Yeah, I'm sure supporting their most profitable division is going to help them go bust...

rasterror
rasterror

I bet you already gave this game a review score of 10 already. I bet you've never even played Titan Fall either. Sad, sad little fanboy. Did you get out of school early?

domisbatman
domisbatman

@rasterror  I've played Titanfall and haven't played it a week after release . It's way too casual , skilled players are treated as equals to bad ones .

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@rasterror  I agree 100% ps4 fanboys are indeed smart enough to get out of school early. 

Tiger_Ali
Tiger_Ali

@domisbatman @rasterror Moreless, stuff like that goes without saying. The x bots have become ultimate trolls, since they have no games to play at all.

rasterror
rasterror

And as bad as that comment is you might want to go back to school. That didn't even make sense.