Swarm consumes XBL, PSN in early 2011

Hothead Games' next downloadable effort lets players simultaneously control up to 50 critters through sadistic obstacle courses.

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It has been 20 years since it was established that gamers could enjoy the exploits of endearing (and expendable) creatures thrust into worlds stocked thick with violent endings. Hothead Games is looking to provide yet more evidence of that next year, as the developer today announced that Swarm will launch in early 2011 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Swarmites are curious creatures, bordering on suicidal.
Swarmites are curious creatures, bordering on suicidal.

Swarm will put players in control of up to 50 swarmites at a given time, guiding the entire pack through puzzling levels fraught with danger from spinning saw blades, poison gas, high explosives, and more. At least one member of the swarm will need to avoid becoming a splatter on the ground in order to collect DNA and pass each level.

Hothead did not confirm a PC version of Swarm. However, both of Hothead's previous series, Penny Arcade Adventures and DeathSpank, eventually made their way to computers. The game is being released in partnership with UTV Ignition Entertainment.

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