Replay sabotages Velvet Assassin

Hamburg-based developer rebrands surreal historical WWII shooter for fall 2008 release on PC, unnamed consoles.

Last year, Replay Studios with the help of Gamecock Media Group proved its historical WWII shooter Sabotage was in fact not a mirage, branding the game with fall 2008 release date on the PC and "a next-gen console." However, in its time under the radar, the game received unexpected competition from EA's Pandemic Studios, which announced a similarly themed subversive historical WWII shooter titled Saboteur in April 2007.

Perhaps taking this into consideration, Replay and Gamecock have decided to rechristen Sabotage as what it hopes to be a "less trite, overused, and generic" title, Velvet Assassin. In addition to the name change, Replay may have added platforms for the game's release, noting that Velvet Assassin is in production for the PC and "next-generation consoles."

While the second World War isn't exactly the freshest area for source material, Replay Studios is hoping to enliven the period by focusing on the exploits of British special operative Violette Szabo, who was executed by the Germans after running a string of covert operations that were a thorn in the side of the Third Reich. Running with a surrealist aesthetic, the game plays out through the heroine's subconscious and features stylized artwork and combat sequences.

Velvet Assassin is still slated to arrive in fall 2008. Gamecock will be showing the game at its upcoming EIEIO 2008 event, taking place in Austin, Texas, on March 6 in conjunction with the SXSW music festival.

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50 comments
InspectorK
InspectorK

I agree, it is another ww2, but its a fresh approach to the theme. I have yet to see a espionage game set in ww2, so I'm really looking forward to this one, not to mention THE NAME IS SO DAM AWESOME!!!!

pidow
pidow

I will play this one, any thing to hinder the Third Reich.

EnigManic
EnigManic

Do we REALLY need another &*()$%*#&*@& WWII game??

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

WWII games have been done for such a long time that i see no point in attempting making of WWII themed game. yes there has been solid games such Brothers in Arms and COD. But the features of those games are poorly adapted by other games such as Medal of Honor and Hour of Victory. There is almost nothing new that could be done the genre and the attempts to do so have been poor and hastly done. EG: Turning Point. They took one of the best ideas for a WWII based game and compelty ruined the possibilty of attempt to redo such as concept(aside: I had the the idea for Turning Point years ago, i swear they wired my house lol). Until a completely new concept for WWII is developed, WWII games are going to be cursed with mediocrity and or if they are done well, the curse of being to farmiliar.

Cloud_in_midgar
Cloud_in_midgar

I want this to be good, but i cant imagine it being a good game.

andyrae11
andyrae11

They should have just left the name "Sabotage". But I see how that name is somewhat generic. But why "velvet"?

Ravi_1900
Ravi_1900

Female Secret agent dont tell me they are throwing some kind level with a girl running around in Bikini and beating the crap out of a dozen 200 pounds of muscle hound guys.

42316
42316

PS3 isnt getting much joy with a lot of games.............oh well.............GO PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Petri87
Petri87

most likely PC and 360 because of it being easy to port. Or its for all three, PC, 360 and PS3. Wii you say? Yeah right. Like they are going to take the time and scale it to the Wii.

rawlu
rawlu

Love the new name,gives the game more of a lasting identity i think.

moxomule
moxomule

i get mildly annoyed when people either don't read the articles, or don't pay attention to what is actually in them. Mildly Annoyed enough to post this comment infact. The main character is a woman the use of the word "Heroine" in the main body of the text tells us as much. She is the Velvet Assasin of the title, her name is also Violette, this sounds remarkably like 'Velvet'. Velvet is a very soft material, often used to make fancy dresses in the past when it was considered luxurious expensive and more than a little sexy. Violette szabo is interestingly a genuine Historical Character- Wiki her if you are interested enough to want to know more about her or google image her-she was quite a looker.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

geeze that's nice, what is that velvet?

RoOodriGowW
RoOodriGowW

@rkgambill yeah it will be on both consoles , 360 and ps3.I've read it like a week ago too but in other site .

redskinStu
redskinStu

Sounds like something actually "new."

spikedwraith
spikedwraith

Velvet Assassin? Sounds like a Spinal Tap album.

artichoke
artichoke

Am I the only person that likes the title? I mean yea Saboteur was better but Velvet Assasin is pretty cool in it's own right.

glennwinton
glennwinton

velvet assassin? sounds pretty...fruity damn EA, they've ruined this games name(not that i was totally interested in either games...)

Obliterati
Obliterati

Um. Well, I like that companies are going to explore some of the other, less-appriciated aspects of WWII. Wish they could have found a better name, but I'm interested.

ded5833
ded5833

I love WWII games that twist the idea or add fantasy elements (a la Castle Wolfenstein). Too bad there's so little of the kind. I'm looking forward to it. On the topic of BiA as mentioned by 09231991, I think that game took too much of a departure from where the main idea was from the first one. That idea was realism, that and nothing from it excites me. That and the 3rd person cover system looks goofy and does not mix well with BiA IMO. No offense to anyone who is looking forward to it, this is just me. :\

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

anybody have the bright idea for a wold war one game? or a war game that doesn't involve the brits or the americans?

09231991
09231991

The only WWII game I'm waiting for is Brother's In Arms: Hell's Highway. Man, that games gonna kick so much ass its not even funny.

clayron
clayron

The name sounds fairly cool, kinda wondering how it will tie into the story of the game.

dukerav
dukerav

Ive seen worse names for a game, heres a couple: "Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt!" for Sega Genesis and " Booby Kids" for NES, not only bad titles, but bad games. On topic though, this game looks interesting I suppose, not really just another WWII "Shooter" sort of like Splinter Cell meets WWII, at any rate "Velvet Assassin" is a much better title than "Sabotage".

jogunther
jogunther

The name is dumb obviously, but personally I'm always interested in FPS's and innovative games set in WWII.

madcapper248
madcapper248

Velvet Assassin makes the main character sound like he scrapbooks and likes to go shopping. Saboteur was cool.

okassar
okassar

Ya,Velvet Assassin is a stupid and confusing name.And by the way,haha Gamecock!I laugh every time I see the name of that company posted.

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

Velvet? There are better choices than velvet. /at least it wasn't angora. :P

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

I think Sabotage was a better title. It does look to be a good game though.

darthzew
darthzew

I don't like the title. Velvet Assassin? I'll be thinking about Red Velvet cake the whole time!

BaconBurns
BaconBurns

The title is awful. Velvet Assassin? I know they could come up with something much better.

The_PC_Gamer
The_PC_Gamer

This is how It should be. PC first. "Unnamed consoles" later.

09231991
09231991

Never even heard of this game.

lamprey263
lamprey263

jeez, a whole entire weekend to write something interesting and this is the best they can do?

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

Typical GS. This is old news, all the big sites wrote about this last Thursday. GS is always 3-4 late with news. To bad

lamprey263
lamprey263

dang, there's gonna be a lot of stealth games this year

rkgambill
rkgambill

Didn't they already list the "unnamed consoles" as 360 and PS3? Considering I read about this a week ago or so on teamxbox.com I'm pretty sure 360 is at least one of the platforms.

speedjunkie4
speedjunkie4

Really? I diden't know this even exsisted.