Vessel stored on PC, PSN, XBL this year

EA veterans launching startup Strange Loop Games with liquid physics-based puzzle platformer from indiePub.

Electronic Arts may be one of the largest third-party publishers, but the publisher has been known to leak indie-minded talent. With the ex-EAers at Supergiant Games already gaining attention for the Independent Games Festival Award-nominee Bastion, a new group of company defectors have announced a downloadable release for their own IGF entrant.

The first images of Vessel were also released today.

Strange Loop Games' debut effort, Vessel, is set for release this holiday on the PC, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live. The Seattle-based startup was founded by former EA developers John Krajewski and Martin Farren, and it will be releasing Vessel with an assist from indiePub.

A 2D puzzle platformer with an emphasis on liquid physics, Vessel tells the story of an Industrial Revolution-era inventor named Arkwright who creates a liquid life form he dubs Fluros. When the creatures go out of control, Arkwright must make use of the Fluros' various physical properties to restore order and ultimately create his magnum opus. According to indiePub, Vessel's weighty story will "[challenge] players' philosophical worldviews about the relationship between humanity and machine."

Vessel is set for release this holiday season and will sell for $15 (1,200 Microsoft points on Xbox Live Arcade).

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M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

@HollowNinja That was exactly what I was thinking... Probably they'll say that due to Valve's "anti-indie" practices, and that EA wants to be in direct contact with each and every costumer (hold their hands, etc.), they won't sell this on Steam... DICE, do something about BF3 on Steam.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I may get it off Steam, if EA cares to let it out on Steam, that is.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

I like how it looks. For the 2d genre especially, it seems indie devs have the market cornered on quality games. Here's hoping for more awesome and innovative indie games like this appears to be in the future. @vadicta does have a point though, when you hear of indie devs it's almost always a 2d platformer, but I suppose that's just the easier genre for them to develop in. I'm not complaining about that underserviced genre so much as the glut of multiplayer shooters nowadays.

collinmul
collinmul

Looks interesting. I like the visuals. Wonder how "long" it is, if the story will have any meat to it, etc. I'll watch for review scores. Good luck to them.

vadicta
vadicta

"Indie studio develops new 2-D side-scrolling platformer." I feel like I hear that as much as, "AAA giant develops new multiplayer-focused first-person shooter," anymore.

pszone
pszone

not instested soz

tgchan
tgchan

I love that kind of games but the price on psn is plain stupid for such a short single player games

tgchan
tgchan

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