Watch Crackdown 2 Dev's Tactical 2.5D Shooter for PC and PS4, Hollowpoint

Equip your operatives and take on procedurally generated missions with up to four friends.

Crackdown 2 developer Ruffian Games has revealed Hollowpoint, a tactical, 2.5D shooter for the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Ruffian describes Hollowpoint as a blend of traditional 2D side-scrolling action with 3D targeting, meaning enemies will come at you from the front and background, not just left and right. Each level will procedurally generate objectives, level layouts, and events, and can be played with up to four players cooperatively via Steam or PSN. As you progress through the game, you'll earn experience and skill points you can use to upgrade the operatives and equip them with different abilities, weapons and equipment.

Earlier this year Ruffian tried to crowdfund a physics-based puzzle games through Square Enix's crowdfunding initiative Collective, but put the project on hold after it failed to garner a lot of support.

A new Crackdown game for Xbox One is currently in development at Microsoft Studios by a team led by Dave Jones, who worked on the original game. Little is known about it at this point, save for the fact that it will offer a co-op campaign, online multiplayer, and destructible environments.

Hollowpoint will be published by Paradox Interactive on both the PC and PS4 in 2015. You can read more about the game on its official website.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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charlton3k
charlton3k

Anyone else thought it said 'Tactical Espionage Action' in the thin box?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

A few things:

1. Procedurally generated levels (and objectives and events)?  God that worries me, since it has always been lame in previous games, but hopefully devs for this game and No Man's Sky know how to keep them from being bland and generic.

2. Why didn't they just make this a top-down shooter?  They went to all this work, why use the annoying mechanic that Shadow Complex did of trying to shoot targets in the background?  In Shadow Complex that was o.k. b/c it was rare, exploration was the majority of gameplay.

3.  Too bad they didn't try to take a page from that game CounterSpy that's coming up, where it's 2D until you take cover, then it looks like it has proper 3D controls.  Something like that might make this game way better.

rarerichz
rarerichz

this looks great , they dont make games like this every day thats for sure , to much games are the same.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I hate it when they do that. An awesome CGI trailer. Sat there thinking "OMG A new Dues Ex! A new cyberpunk sci-fi I've never seen before!" No it is a 2.5D tactical shooter. No thanks.

Helidokter
Helidokter

Whats with these guys and the words "Oprative/agent"

madsaintjames
madsaintjames

Sorry but with the bomb, this guy did with CD 2 it's going to fail. I'm glad he isn't on CD for XBO so it will go back how it was with the first CD

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

Where is the Trailer music from?

sakaixx
sakaixx

the only difference between crackdown and this is it's not releasing on xbox console.

well more game diversity on pc ps4 is awesome and welcomed.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

Xbox One owners don't worry cause from the trailer your not missing out on much.

catsimboy
catsimboy

If I were Ruffian I'd try to get that horrible letdown of a sequel Crackdown 2 expunged from my resume but I guess then they wouldn't really have much of a resume left. Hollowpoint looks okay, to me it looks like Shadow Complex but with too much emphasis on shooting towards the background.

Tranula
Tranula

Has nothing to do with this, but I want Brutal Legend 2.  I really enjoyed that odd little gem.

zrex2metagor
zrex2metagor

Instead of Hollowpoint why dont they call it Whats the point? Meh game is meh

Duckynevada
Duckynevada

I like Ruffian they try different things and aren't afraid to take risks. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@rarerichz  There might be a good reason why people don't make games that play like this one.  Just saying.

giort08
giort08

@Dannystaples14 .....It says it's a 2.5d shooter right there in the headline, why were you expecting something other than what was already stated?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@sakaixx  You have no clue what you're talking about, Crackdown was an open world 3rd person co-op game.  Wait, why am I even replying, you probably know you're saying is completely uniformed and makes no sense, and are just tr0lling.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@lonesamurai1 Oh come now. Xbox owners shouldn't hog all of the dull, repetitive tedium of the Crackdown franchise to themselves. Spread the monotony in giant, off-white mayo-y globs across ALL platforms so that EVERYONE can get bored after a week! 


And if Crackdown is nasty globs of spoiled mayo, this game looks like the crust that forms around the edge of the lid. 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

Maybe you should be directing this at Double Fine's own channels instead of wishfully thinking that somehow someone would know about your wants.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@Dannystaples14 @sakaixx  I agree, the whole zombies flooding the city at night sounded cool on paper, but it was annoying in practice.  However I haven't heard one word about zombies in the upcoming Crackdown, and I have high hopes for the destructibility, so we'll see.

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat @Tranula  You are the most polite insult fabricator I have ever heard.  You really do know how to state the obvious don't you.  I love being the variable in your constant because it really shows how little you know what to do with it  So funny.  Your a great source of entertainment. 

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

Well, you can expect more of that then. After all, you are the one who makes it easy for others to make fun of you.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

I doubt that. I think that you are being pretentious with how easy you are to amuse.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

You are the one who makes suspicious exclamations of adoration and have a lousy sense of self-deprecating humor.

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat @Tranula  Its that bad huh?  Crap.  I thought I was really on to something.  Well since you say so, Il stop. 

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat @Tranula  I know, but it sure gets your attention.  What's that make you?  A sucker?  I want to meet you so bad.  But there I go again fantasizing.  I bet your hot.  Boy or Girl I don't care.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

Sucker for what? You haven't made me look like a fool - you are the one acting like a fool with your pretentious affections and hardly skilful sense of humor.

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat @Tranula I know I suck, seriously im not up for this tonight. Your not a fool.  Its all me.  Im just really tired.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

Then you are a quitter. Also, if you like a well-wishing from me, here it is: good luck sleeping.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

Then go to sleep if you can. Besides, you are still responding to me in some other thread; are you writing whatever while you sleep?

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat @Tranula  no sweet heart, you win tonight.  Im old I cant keep up with you.  You win.

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat @Tranula  then what is this that we are doing?  trading ideas?  im confused.  but then you'll say something clever about how that must easy for me.  That I wear confusion so well.  I get you.  Your like an open book.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

Little wonder why you are so confused when you can't even keep track of what you are thinking.

Tranula
Tranula

@Gelugon_baat  thanks for tearing me down some more.  not sure why you feel so threatened by me.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Tranula 

You should thank yourself. You are the one with issues - big ego being of one of those.