Undertow to pull on XBLA

Chair Entertainment prepping Unreal Engine 3-powered Xbox Live Arcade game; underwater shooter features 16-player online combat.

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Xbox 360 underwater action complete with diving bells and strange creatures won't be limited just to Irrational Games' upcoming opus BioShock. Chair Entertainment today announced that the submerged shooter Undertow is currently in development for Xbox Live Arcade.

Like Roboblitz, Undertow will be powered by Epic's physics-happy Unreal Engine 3. Gamers go beneath the surface of the ocean as one of four unit types, each of which has its own unique characteristics and can be upgraded.

For those who like to dive solo, the game will feature a 15-level single-player campaign, and for those who prefer company, the game has two multiplayer modes that support up to 16 players over Xbox Live.

Undertow is scheduled for release sometime this summer. Chair Entertainment has not announced a price for the game yet.

Discussion

78 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

A UE3-powered XLBA game...no wonder they had to up the limit on the size of those games.

evildraxis
evildraxis

Um...so this trailer doesn't really show...um...anything? Comparing this to bioshock is "apples and oranges." Groundbreaking, graphically stimulating, AI improving insanity vs. XBL game. I'm not saying this isn't going to be good. Just saying the trailer doesn't sell me.

kamicolo
kamicolo

XBLA does it again, The Arcade has been having some great games

azizrulez
azizrulez

cool Unreal 3 engine is by far the best now for consoles(barring cry engine 2) and its nice to see downloadable games using it. i liked roboblitz a lot nice innovative little game

thewesman
thewesman

Shooting....underwater.....BRILLIANT!! I wonder where else they will set shooting games...

bcolter
bcolter

Cool... the arcade titles appear to be stepping it up!

Sonovius
Sonovius

I'm thinking 20 bones on this one. if it looks/plays decent with the ability for 16 in vs. and a long single player no way it could be 10 balloons.

wild_world_girl
wild_world_girl

I love it that the XBL arcade is being developed for more than just puzzle/tetris/oldies type games. We need more of this - XBLA is a great way for small dev teams to get published. Art-house games need a platform now that companies like EA and Ubi are dominating and have no time for small projects.

Sonovius
Sonovius

why wouldnt you get a a game that will likely be cheaper made with UR3? didnt they say Bioshock has no online. Personally this game looks the better of the two imo. Merman fites with spearguns? Come on thats heaven!

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Sounds like an interesting, if strange, premise for a game: underwater shooter mermaid adventure. I'll stick with BioShock for all my underwater escapades.

lazerluke
lazerluke

It is good that devs are making games for xbla using the latest technology, it gives us more choice. Otherwise it would just be all old arcade/console remakes.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

Thanks goodness there's a single-player campaign.

vaejas
vaejas

Hmm, I was anticipating an underwater FPS, and wondering how they could possibly make that idea interesting, and not Aquaman Boring... Guess Bioshock will haf'ta do! ;)

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

Weird. I wouldn't expect an arcade game like this...

kappareign
kappareign

all along the undertow is strengthening its hold

zsc4
zsc4

Seem like a decent game, but I'll pass.

Zigmond1
Zigmond1

some people really want money

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

An underwater action/adventure? This might be a very interesting download.

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

O.o this is one that ill have to demo first, i have very little expectation, but ihave been surpized in the past. We'll see, ill give anything a chance.

wlcm2atl
wlcm2atl

okassar so are you trying to say that uno, worms, and alien hominoid sucked?? i admit UE3 seems a bit agressive for a XBL arcade release but dont knock it utill you've tried it... if they can pulled out a good $10 game i say... heck yeah!

bonejester
bonejester

i love it when a game gets dogged based on 15 seconds of media. snob gamers are such posers.

okassar
okassar

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konradak
konradak

Hmm I'll wait for more info/vids/screenshot 'n of course the Demo before getting excited. :) Might be cool thoo/

PoopTete
PoopTete

ill download the demo, but who knows...

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Am not sure what to think, but am not expecting much. Lately XBL games have been quite disappointing.

lithus
lithus

Eh, seems like the "Straight to video" type of video game. Already drooling for Bioshock, this just isn't doing it for me right now.

HDplayer
HDplayer

I'm not holding my breathe.... pun intended

Pete5506
Pete5506

different but I think I will pass

Vulpis
Vulpis

So basically, they're creating an underwater version of Descent? You have to admire their creativity in coming up with an *excuse* for having dim, murky graphics.. ;-)

sinx1971
sinx1971

some more info and game play shots before i can make up my mind on this one plus i like tuna really much.

jdbthexboxgamr
jdbthexboxgamr

cool!,the more new games for the XBLA the better!

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

So will there be singing mermaids and button mini games? i hope not, that part of KH II, while fun, really was an oddball and there was a lack of any vertical freedom for battle in any world, in the first one, you got neverland and under the sea