Nex Machina studio Housemarque is teasing a “high flying and heavy hitting” multiplayer title that will be its first games-as-service effort.
The Finish studio has been working on Stormdivers for two years, and says that with the game and another unannounced triple-A title, it is entering a new era.
There isn't a ton of info out about Stormdivers just yet, but when Eurogamer suggested it might be a a battle royale game, Housemarque head of publishing Mikael Haveri replied, "That's a very good assumption."
"It's a very competitive environment, specifically with those types of titles," he said.
"How can you even compete? We know what we do and we've been making something for quite a while. Hopefully it will be able to compete.
"It's fast, very gameplay centric. We hope when people pick it up they start feeling good. We want there to be adrenaline, we want them to be moving, we want them to be really getting into it - a fast experience where you have to go outside and take a breather from it.
"Couple that with visual flair; you play Resogun, you see all this stuff exploding and going off – that's what we're bringing to the multiplayer. This is a Housemarque take."
It seems that whatever Stormdivers is will nudge Housemarque further from its arcade shooter specialist position.
“As a part of our recent transition away from our core genres, we’ve had a hard look at what really makes up an arcade game and how can we bring those elements to whole new heights,” the studio said.
“We hope to expand that progress as we bring our explosive effects and second-to-second gameplay to new genres.”
Stormdivers will run on a tweaked version of Unreal Engine called "Housemarque VFX Engine".
“Basically meaning that we put an extra effort into creating custom technology solutions that take our upcoming titles to whole new visually shattering ends,” said the studio.
This generation, Hoursemarque has had hits with Resogun and Alienation, but its collaboration with Defender and Robotron creator Eugene Jarvis, Nex Machina, didn’t sell well, leading the studio to proclaim that arcade is dead.
A documentary about the creation of Nex Machina is coming this year.
(For the record, Nex Machina is a tight, visually lush arcade shooter that’s great solo or in co-op, definitely check it out.)