Wet First Look

Sierra introduces a new, over-the-top action game with a sultry heroine and a lot of attitude.

Sierra is making it a point that its 2008 lineup will consist almost entirely of original intellectual properties, and the newly unveiled Wet certainly fits the bill. However, while this third-person action game represents a brand-new series, its gameplay borrows heavily from many sources. Basically, Wet feels like Kill Bill meets Tomb Raider meets Prince of Persia. It's a game that's so heavily stylized and full of attitude that it's purposely over-the-top in many ways.

Wet is about the adventures of Ruby, a sexy, fearless "problem solver" who lives in the middle of an airline junkyard in the desert. She'll take any type of job as long as she likes it and the price is right. These jobs can range from stealing something, protecting someone, assassination, smash-and-grab, and more. The way she solves problems is pretty violent, given that she's skilled in acrobatics, gunplay, and swordplay, and Wet is designed so you can go effortlessly from one to another in a heartbeat.

Ruby is as agile as Lara Croft and the prince in the Prince of Persia games. She can pretty much negotiate any environment by climbing, ledge-running, wall-running, leaping, and more. At the same time, she has numerous ways of taking down opponents. She can run into a room, slide, and target two opponents simultaneously with the guns in her hands. Or she can get up close and use her sword to dispatch them, which also has the possibility of letting you use a special kill move. In one example, she runs up to an opponent, leaps up and knees him in the jaw, then flips over him, lands, and finally backstabs him with her sword. Because the game models her upper and lower halves independently, Ruby is able to do all sorts of crazy, acrobatic combat moves. This is a woman who can leap across a gap while firing her pistols at the same time. Perhaps the most audacious move that we saw is her ability to actually hang upside down from a ladder and shoot opponents while sliding down the ladder inverted.

The game is early in production, so only a few environments were available to show. One involved a giant ice room in a freezer, with enemies amongst the giant blocks of ice. Another was in the guts of some kind of factory or warehouse, and a third showed off a fancy Chinese theater. Developer Artificial Mind and Movement (A2M) out of Montreal is working on the game, and the team boasts a pretty impressive number of veterans from Ubisoft Montreal, arguably one of the top game-design studios in the business. We're told that there are a number of developers who were leads on the Splinter Cell, Assassin's Creed, and Prince of Persia games. Meanwhile, Sierra turned to Hollywood writer Duppy Demetrius for the script. Demetrius is a long-time veteran of the hit television show 24, so we wonder if that means we'll see plenty of spectacular betrayals and double-crosses in the game.

It isn't just the combat that makes Ruby special. It's also the game's sense of style. The visual approach of the game seems to be in the vein of directors like Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and Joe Carnahan. Not surprisingly, the audio direction also seems to borrow a lot from those moviemakers. Wet will have a soundtrack that wouldn't seem out of place in a Tarantino movie, and while details are yet to come, we're told that one inspiration for the soundtrack is the way the song "Stuck in the Middle" became almost synonymous with the ear scene in the movie Reservoir Dogs. Given that the game is still relatively early in production, Sierra is keeping many of the details mum for now, though we're sure to learn more about Wet in the coming months. Still, the game looks incredibly promising, as it seems like the first game to capture the style and excitement of some of the best pulp movies out there. Wet will ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sometime in 2008.

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93 comments
MazehcS0ul
MazehcS0ul

The game is like, love it or hate it.

Top_dawg35
Top_dawg35

demo is insane i know good and well i'm getting this

aaroquesi
aaroquesi

bethesda game should a great game! but better wait the review

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

It seems to me that this game may be liked or not liked, wheter the player likes the Kill Bill movies or not.

jdraggx
jdraggx

Hot chick, hot moves, let's see what this gonna give later!!!!

king_bobo
king_bobo

LOL @ the 'Games you may like...' associated with this game :lol: This game sounds like it will be great :)

Dreadfall
Dreadfall

Well, I looked at the screenshots of the game, hopefully they will improve. The use of textures and colors for the screens provided, not really that impressive. If anything, the game looks bland, there's no vibrance or life in there. Hopefully this one will be good, but Sierra is making some really odd ball games as of late, that usually end up in the bargain bin pretty quickly. Will wait and see when this one becomes available, but to me this one looks like a renter more than a buyer.

lil_d_mack_314
lil_d_mack_314

"Kill Bill meets Tomb Raider meets Prince of Persia" those are some sick combos cant wait to see how this game will play

billyyoda
billyyoda

looks like max payne meets lara croft

raboyter
raboyter

I'm amused that Artificial Mind and Movement would choose to be associated with the acronym, "A2M".

Eclipse83Lives
Eclipse83Lives

So you got this hot chick in tight leather and stuff. And the name of the game is WET! I have to give it a extra point or two just for that. Even way before it comes out.

gioser2004
gioser2004

Looks and sounds great.. ! I don't know if any of you guys up here watch manga (comic in English) ... but the heroine looks a lot like a character in the Black Lagoon manga.. Her style, the tatoos... even her name!!! In the manga, the character's name is REVY!... Hers is RUBY!!!!! ....

rogerarmoo
rogerarmoo

I played timeshift that sierra make was just confusing more than fun! I wonder if they will do the same with this? Roll on haze thats what i say :D

Eclipse83Lives
Eclipse83Lives

Around this time "time if this release is when will see the real first flow of next gen first trys. First try's that are okish. Epically since the main machine in the Next gen just came out. So it will start to move better and better, with the like's of afew game like this and other more and more. What I cant wait for is when they stop porting from a 360 level , and start striping down for the 360, after they make the PS3 version. Than will see some nice stuff. I give them a year or 2 before they start that. .

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

I don't even know that movie...BUT, the game looks good.

pavel_nedved_br
pavel_nedved_br

Lol. Lara Croft is losing ground there. Long time since I've played an action-adventure with a woman protagonist. Looks promising. It's a shame so many good games will only be released in 2008.

Dukeofterror
Dukeofterror

woah, the screens look hawt. wide open levels, at least from the look of it. and some cool moves. gotta keep an eye out for this.

Spectre77
Spectre77

wrestlemaniaw : TBA = To Be Announced

VicMackey
VicMackey

Kind of seems like a next-gen Bloodrayne with a less-hot protagonist. In other words, DO WANT.

ppau08223
ppau08223

you are going to miss all the good games in 2007!!

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

2008, 2008, 2008, i hate that so much i just want to freeze myself and go to 2008 cause im tired of waiting for games!!

Dj_Lizz
Dj_Lizz

looks like from the SS a nother new babe of Tomb raider to the REAL(PS3) next gen console !!!

wrestlemaniaw
wrestlemaniaw

another game looks awesome...(this game and Assassin's creed and Crysis)

august_king
august_king

The Xbox 360 needs more games like this!

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

Well, it sure made me wet, in HD! :-o

volpexpress
volpexpress

well this game looks like it will be fun nd promising. but before i think about getting it i need to know more about it nd see some gameplay footage

vass86
vass86

"where's fear 2?" made me lol

Doolum
Doolum

sounds interesting.might consider.

longarmomalley
longarmomalley

Looks like a DMC rip-off, but looks can be deceiving.

mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

sounds good can't wait to see just how good it is. With all these different game ideas tide up in one it may be good.

king_bobo
king_bobo

This looks sweet! I always liked Sierra at heart...

GreenC4T
GreenC4T

Sounds good and the screen shots look nice. It's good to see another game with a girl that can kick some serious butt!

bcolter
bcolter

I'm putting this on my "watch list"!

Dualmask
Dualmask

I'm hoping this turns out well. I think gaming needs more franchises like this...we need to stop taking ourselves so seriously and just loosen up and deal with something that wouldn't make any logical sense in the real world. And a female protagonist in an action game is always a plus with me.

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

Wouldn't it be better to stop mimicking movies? I mean, games that act and behave like films never win me over to be honest. Games need to branch out and find its own narrative and style. Games don't make good movies and vice versa.

wedgejaeger
wedgejaeger

so prince of persia with guns? I'm sold.

peace-fist
peace-fist

Even with the limited info, this game has my attention. I'm very interested in seeing how this character turns out. I read in another article how they were paying attention to the character, how the whole project was being inspired by her. She sounds just the opposite of Lara Croft in terms of personality, and I hope she comes out well developed.