Illfonic Using CryEngine 3 In Upcoming XBLA FPS

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Crytek and Illfonic today announced that the US based developer has licensed the use of the CryEngine 3 for their upcoming XBLA and PSN futuristic arena FPS, Nexuiz, due this winter. Yes, I definitely said CryEngine 3 on the Xbox Live Arcade.

Looking to push the limits of what we expect from a triple-A digital download release, Nexuiz promises to offer fast paced competitive arena gameplay built specifically for consoles.

The “plot” in Nexuiz is a simple one. Two galactic races are embroiled in an age old feud with one another and after entering into a union with an over-arching galactic community, peace was declared amongst them. After discovering that the anger and resentment remained between them, the galactic community feared this feud might spread throughout the galaxy. In order to close the door on this possible outcome, the two races were given a choice to air  their grievances with one another by putting their warriors in an arena in a fight to the death or to face total annihilation. Nexuiz, a series of battle arenas, were formed and battle commenced.

As an arena FPS, Nexuiz will not only offer the traditional multiplayer modes (TDM, CTF, etc.) and leaderboards, but Illfonic also detailed their “innovative mutator system” which as players rank up, new mutators will also become available that will allows players to alter the rules for each match - what that means exactly though, I guess we'll find out evetually, but for now, be cryptically baffled.

New game modes, maps and models are promised as DLC after the game’s launch.

If you’re interested to see whether the Illfonic and the CryEngine 3 can really deliver on the promise of true triple-A play in downloadable form, come to PAX Prime in Seattle, Nexuiz will be there. Till then, we have 6 screens in the gallery you can take a peek at.


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US February 29, 2012

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