Why Overstrike was renamed Fuse

Insomniac Games creative director Brian Allgeier explains that as development progressed on co-op shooter, a name change "made more sense" due to story elements; no PC version planned.

Last month, Insomniac Games' four-player co-op shooter Overstrike was renamed Fuse. Gamers who enjoyed the Overstrike title may be lamenting the change, but according to creative director Brian Allgeier, the rebranding simply "made more sense" because of story elements.

The game formerly known as Overstrike.

"As we were developing the game, earlier on we started come up with this alien substance called Fuse. And the more we started exploring what Fuse could do, we were excited about focusing the whole game around it," Allgeier told GameSpot. "That became the core element of the game. And so it just made more sense to call the game Fuse."

"We really want to create a cohesive experience for players," he added. "We never want to feel restricted by the earlier decisions we made in development."

The story for Fuse goes that the United States government has spent many years experimenting with a secret alien substance called fuse, which when combined with earthly materials, is used to create devastating weaponry. A rogue paramilitary organization elects to steal the fuse technology, and a task force (the player) is called in to track it down.

Fuse is Insomniac Games' first multiplatform title. It is due out in March 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Allgeier said a PC version is not currently planned. For more on Fuse, check out GameSpot's most recent preview.

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3 comments
monowasp
monowasp

From interesting to generic. It was not a good call. The game was OK; nothing more.

Nymphonomicon
Nymphonomicon

Okay, great. You made another grizzled modern shooter to throw on the pile... now make Overstrike. I want a bombastic, cartoonish game with a real sense of humour and style. I don't know what those focus groups really told you, but you're not going to be the next Call of Duty by copying them, every other modern shooter has more than proven that fact. Build something fresh and exciting and they will come.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

hmm, interesting choice, since Overstrike is a lot more 'Internet Searchable' than Fuse.

"Fuse Overstrike" sounds like an even better title.

Norrie91
Norrie91

meh stoped caring after the trailer for Fuse Overstrike looked a million times more fun and interesting while Fuse just looks like yet another forgetable Generic Shooter.

Nintyfan95
Nintyfan95

EA should just make mobile games, and GTFO.

Vickman178
Vickman178

Oh look another 3rd person shooter....woo hoo.......

Vickman178
Vickman178

Is this the first game insomniac is making that isn't only on Playstation?

free_milk
free_milk

They renamed it after gamespot fuse :P

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

"We really want to create a cohesive experience for players," he added. "We never want to feel restricted by the earlier decisions we made in development."

Nice! I wanted to get this game....but now I can spare my money on GOOD games instead 

franky111
franky111

Hmm...I wonder how many Insomnica devs EA will lay off after this game doesn't do well due to EA's unrealistic and irrational expectation that this will sell because it has GEARSSHOOTUNBOOBIES all over it.

The3rdGracchus
The3rdGracchus

Co-op, run of the mill gameplay, generic art style, and only the weapons look cool.   If you had asked me six months ago what an insomniac game published by EA would be, I would have answered this. 

PERVERTOR
PERVERTOR

Are you hearing this Insomniac? can you hear the internet? no, thats no acclamation.

thats the sound UNIVERSAL DISAPPROVAL makes. thats what happens when you base your decision on the opinions of 12 YEARS OLD (they actually did that look it up)

EKGProd
EKGProd

I adore Insomniac, but I just can't get behind this game. I hate games designed for coop, because no matter how much the developers try and tell you it will play just fine single player as well, it won't. It almost never does. I am a single player gamer. I play games to relax and unwind, not to interact with annoying people/friends. So 99% of coop games are useless to me.

 

That means Fuse is useless to me, and that's a damn shame, since I am such a huge fan of Insomniac. Another thing I want to point out is that I have been known to be eerily accurate at guessing a games success before it launches. For every guess I have made, I've only been wrong once, and that was when I said Borderlands would bomb big time. Every other time, I've been right on the money.

 

Having said that, I am going to say that Fuse is going to bomb. I guess 600,000 total sales in the first 6 months. I hate to say it, but the game just won't do well. Nobody knows this game exists. They aren't pushing it hard enough first of all. Second of all, it looks like just another shooter. Adding some "powers" isn't enough anymore. Thirdly, it looks like a T rated game, and T rated shooters usually don't sell very well. 

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

looks like a crappy gears/mass effect clone.

 

BOOOOOORING

cdog21
cdog21

The premise and art style of Overstrike seemed more interesting to me.

 

Fuse looks to be just another addition to the action shooter genre. Nothing really unique to it.

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

I don't really understand changing something so drastically that initially had good buzz.  I don't think it has anything to do with the name, the game play and art style don't look anything like the original trailer at all.  I mean I know it's about creative choice but if the people liked where you were going, i would start heading back in that direction asap.

whackyq
whackyq

lol can third person shooters get any more generic? Still I'll give this game a shot if it has great co-op!

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

How much does anyone wanna bet that EA was somehow involved with all these drastic changes? That's what happens when you get your game published by EA...your creative new IP gets massacred into a generic military shooter with horrible dubstep music slapped onto a boring trailer.

bjornborgue
bjornborgue

Ok but can it tell my girlfriend that I want to break up with her? Hah...hah...oh god.

makryu
makryu

No PC version? Oh, such a loss, a generic co-op shooter hasn't been released on PC for ages.

nephili232
nephili232

Insomniac is one of my favorite developers but this game is the most embarrassingly generic slop I've ever seen. At least the cartoony graphics and over the top weapons of the original trailer held some promise. This... this is madness. I honestly thought it was a joke when I watched the gametrailers episode. Who is this game supposed to appeal to? Laughably generic and bland.

SoulsofDark
SoulsofDark

I'm a bit on the rails with this game. Will wait for reviews.

Ryozo
Ryozo

I too prefer the original title and art style; that said, I hope the changes don't leave the characters' personalities on the cutting room floor.

jbahari
jbahari

You are all right. I enjoyed the first trailer with all with it's exaggerated characters and near team fortress like art style, however I didn't like the name "Overstrike" either. ;)

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Overstrike = Generic name, but I could live with that

 

Fuse = Suuupppppeeeerr Geeeeeneric name

DarthLod
DarthLod

I saw an EA in the trailer, and some utterly horrible music, so count me out.

markcusdd
markcusdd

Fuse sounds like an energy drink. I want a PC version!

sin151
sin151

What I don't understand Insomniac is why you decided to change the art directory, humor, and personality that had people interested in the title in the first place. Now it just looks like another generic shooter with nameless characters.

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

Yep, I really liked the original art style and feeling of Overstrike as opposed to Fuse.  The name doesn't matter, but those other things do.  Why do I feel like someone at EA looked at the direction Overstrike was headed and said "This looks too whimsical and fun, we are EA and we HATE fun! Change it!"

SolidTy
SolidTy

I am not sure about the game, but I like Insomniac. I'll be sure to check this out.

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

I like it...I do miss the lighter side and the charm of the game, but I still will buy it.

xHOJUx
xHOJUx

I want to say I hate the new art style,  but that would imply that this new look has style.  This game is pulling the "reverse Borderlands"  instead of finding it's soul at the 11th hour,  it lost it.  

aniforprez
aniforprez

i don't like how they changed the tone of the new trailer to be more serious and leave bloody messes as you rampage. the old trailer had a cartoony feel with a borderlands-esque humour. but if the game is good i don't really care.

 

hopefully this will have more meaningful multiplayer than borderlands. borderlands is fun but multiplayer wasn't really original. if this game has symbiosis between the players like crossbow bolts fired from behind the shield give extra damage or something, this could be excellent. otherwise its just generic.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

half the games have title names that have little to do with the story anyway so it doesn't matter

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

A game that wasn't released yet now has a name... great.

shakensparco
shakensparco

From the trailer, this game looks rather "meh"

devrindare
devrindare

Name doesn't matters, Game matters

EctoSpartan
EctoSpartan

This doesn't explain why they changed the look.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

This game looked a lot more interesting with the lighthearted, "Pixar-esque", art style. The Resistance series proved that Insomniac is no good with drop-dead serious games.

toddx77
toddx77

 @franky111 EA will probably just have Insomniac rush out a gears style ratchet shooter thinking that will make ratchet and clank fans and gears/cod fans all happy at the same time lol.

unreal_master
unreal_master

 @aniforprez Right it felt like something they would make. Now it looks generic and most people arent going to pick it up.

dogman7
dogman7

 @EctoSpartan Holy crap, I didn't notice how much the character models and everything changed until you pointed it out. That being said, it still looks good though.

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

 @unreal_master  @aniforprez Precisely, the original trailer felt like a good middle ground between Insomniac's Ratchet & Clank work and Resistance.  Not wholly cartoony but not completely serious either and I liked it alot