Scribblenauts developer announces next game

5th Cell announces Hybrid, a postapocalyptic title for Xbox Live Arcade, due out in 2011.

The developer behind the Drawn to Life and Scribblenauts franchises has unveiled its next project, and it's not akin to anything the developer has been previously known for.

5th Cell's new project appears to be an action title of sorts and is titled Hybrid. Set in a postapocalyptic world, the game is due out on the Xbox Live Arcade sometime in 2011. Hybrid will mark the developer's first foray into console development. It was first hinted at in August, when it was revealed that the studio's next project would use Valve's Source Engine.

Hybrid brings the postapocalypse to XBLA next year.

Firm details on the game's narrative or gameplay mechanics are absent, but a website, WhatIsHybrid.com, is up and running. On the page are details on two factions: Paladin and Variant. Further, journal entries for both sides shed some light on where the plot may lead.

"Always weird to see actual humans…" reads a line from the Paladin entry. "They look at you, glassy eyed like they don't know what you're going to do to 'em. We just passed them by. Our captain is pretty sure we've recruited all the able-bodied survivors in this city. Now it's just a matter of kicking the Variants out…"

"I have personally killed a thousand or more Paladin…Wounded twice that many, yet an insignificant dream is unable to shake me?" reads a part of the Variant entry. "Has the time arrived for me to confess this weakness to the grand marshal? If he deems me weak, I shall accept whatever the consequence."

Also embedded on the website is a teaser trailer for Hybrid. It doesn’t show gameplay, but it provides a glimpse into the game's ravaged world. Two power-armored figures confront each other, and the screen orders the viewer, "Choose this day whom you will serve."

For more on 5th Cell's most recent work, check out GameSpot's review of Super Scribblenauts.

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dragonfly110
dragonfly110

Im interested to see what 5th Cell does with this, its weird seeing them make something like this, its so far removed from all of there other IP's as far as styIe goes.

2chase
2chase

After playing Monday Night Combat, I'm willing to give any hyped up and noteworthy XBLA game a shot.

IceJester45
IceJester45

This could be yet another great XBLA exclusive. The 360's online service has really been delivering.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

Good to see somebody showing the Source Engine some love instead of Unreal Engine 3. I've rarely been impressed with UE3 and it's tendency to make everything look unrealistically shiny.

DennisWZH
DennisWZH

sounds like fallout meet enclave. looks interesting, might look out for this in the future.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@ SolidTy: Looking at your pic, I'm reminded of a near-future XBLA title that is going to be A LOT of fun! :)

DKant
DKant

Looking good, and glad to finally see some action on the Source front :) But why does everybody have to do post-apocalyptic? Why not pre-apocalyptic, when everything's sunny but there's an undercurrent of dread, KNOWING that the apocalypse is coming. Kind of like "FlashForward"! Would work pretty well I think.

mario390
mario390

If you watch the teaser trailer you can see the Varient guy run on the ceiling. A little attention to detail never hurt anyone : D

IrshDrkWlf
IrshDrkWlf

This sounds like it might be good, I hope its released on PSN as well and not just XBL. @NeonNinja That is because some developers tend to target younger audiences and use brighter colors to do so, even though the games are designed with older audiences in mind. Just remember 3rd party devs have released gritty/dark titles for Nintendo systems as well.

Tylendal
Tylendal

5th Cell using the source engine? This could be fun.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Somehow I was imagining Typing of the Dead only that you would have to type in the weapon you had to use.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Didn't see that coming from 5th Cell, but they're a talented and imaginative bunch, so lets see what they can do. Officially looking forward to what they come up with right here.

azureblade89
azureblade89

Ooh! An FPS with the ability to write in weapons, paintbrushes to color the terrible looking world, and random flying pigs wearing the pope's hat!

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Why is it that when developers make Nintendo titles they're all colorful and stuff and then when they move to Sony/MS platforms everything has to revert to gray? I'm a fan of color you know!

flex_ible2000
flex_ible2000

Wait wait wait wait wait. The wildly creative and colorful 5th Cell's next game is a postapocalyptic action/shooter? They better have some surprises up their sleeves or I'm going to be one very unhappy person with broken dreams.