Just to let you know I do not think that gaming is dead. The title is just a way to get your attention.
Through the first quarter of 2011, I've heard news that Dragon Age 2 is out, Guitar Hero and DJ Hero has been cancelled (perhaps, temporarily) and hints of a possible GTA5. These news came from the big names of EA, Activision and Rockstar Games but what about the smaller names like Atlus, Valve and Sega. Respectively, the best games they've put out have been Persona, Left 4 Dead and Sonic the Hedgehog. When was the last time have you heard news of a possible Persona 5, Left 4 Dead 3 or a new Sonic game.
Never mind the first paragraph. The purpose of this post was to just share you guys an unknown developer called Anino Entertainment. They're an indie game developer from the Philippines and had small success on making their names known. They currently make games for the PC, Wii, mobile and DS.
Don't underestimate them. They have tried to go big. Some of you may have heard of the game "Anito: Defend a Land Enraged". A game of Philippine setting praised for its visuals, sounds and gameplay. It's an RPG with a simple plot: save the world from total destruction. The game was pretty old being released in 2003 and was quite good. It won two awards: Innovation in Audio from Independent Games Festival 2003 and 2003 Gametunnel Role-Playing Game of the Year. Based from the screens, I can really see why the game deserved such awards. Forgive me for not playing it because it's really old and I can't find a place to buy it.
So you may think that they're pretty weak because of the ports they use. Actually, they had one chance to make it big by going to the Xbox 360. In 2007, they had plans to release a game called "Project Phoenix". A local newspaper had this to say:
Project Phoenix is set in a futuristic high-tech cyber-punk megacity called Xenon, where the ruling organization is a large company called Terrastar Corporation, whose business is being overwhelmed by underground computer hackers.
Terrastar then hires a female death row inmate who gives her reprieve in exchange for working as infiltrator to the hackers' domain. For her to do so, the character, named Sarah, is imbued with cybernetic body parts and martial arts skills and will be equipped with an arsenal of ranged and melee weapons.
She would also have "magical" weapons in the form of "nannites" -- microscopic machines developed out of nanotechnology that can transform to some type of melee weapon or floating gobs of enemy-seeking energy.
Sarah would receive mission objectives from her secret headquarters in one of the buildings in Xenon. From that location, she would be able to enhance her entire cybernetic form, armor and weapons, which range from pistols, rifles and swords. She would also be capable of dual-wielding some of her weapons. Sarah can also improve herself aesthetically where she can add new looks to her armor and hair.
Apart from her skills with weapons, Sarah would also be capable of using various sorts of vehicles to travel to different areas in the map. Likewise, the map would not be limited to flat terrain as Sarah would be able to climb up tall buildings -- both from inside and outside. She will also be able to fight vertically as there would be flying enemies apart from the ground-based opponents.
The game employs a third-person swinging-camera perspective reminiscent of the Splinter Cell series. The turn-based combat system is also similar to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, though in Project Phoenix, the battle will be much faster. Sarah herself would have different types of attacks and counters, depending on the weapons she carries.
The game is influenced by movies and books such as Blade Runner, Aeon Flux, The Matrix, Equilibrium, I Robot, Ghost in the Shell and Neuromancer, among others.
Anino Entertainment President Niel Dagondon said the role-playing aspect of the game will be the major focus. As Sarah progresses in her missions, she will be able to level up and increase her physical attributes.
Dagondon said Project Phoenix is still largely in pre-production stage and that the actual development would start soon. The prototype game could still drastically change in the final version but he said they have already decided on some aspects of the would-be product based on the prototype.
As for the storyline, Anino Entertainment Producer Paraluman Cruz said the basic plot will be retained with a few changes, if necessary.
Cruz also revealed Sarah would not be a single heroine and will, in fact, have a love interest somewhere in the game.Alexander Villafania
Seems good, right? It's like a mixture of Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid. Unfortunatley, the game has been shelved for a long time and there are currently no video demos or screenshots of the game. Personally, I believe that they can make this one and probably be GOTY material. If you want to see then share it, buy some of their games if you like, or whatever.
Thanks for reading. :)