Of Orcs and Men co-developer Spiders is sending your ass to the red planet. In the vague future of 2013, the developer will release Mars: War Logs – a cyberpunk action-RPG for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC.
Despite our wild imagination, the Silk Engine powered-Mars: War Logs isn't a futuristic reboot of that one Ren & Stimpy commercial parody, nor is it a Twin Peaks character simulator in space. "Mars: War Logs offers a wide variety of quests, dynamic tactical combat, and extensive character specialization through different skill trees and a complete craft system," a press release from publisher Focus Home Interactive revealed.
Mars: War Logs takes players to the red planet "over a century after the catastrophe that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos." In the game, companies are warring over the limited supply of water found on the arid planet's landscape.
As protagonist Roy Temperance, players can customize their combat style by selecting from "dozens of skills and perks," fighting in real-time against the creatures on Mars. Our suspicion is that the final boss will take the highly-evolved form of NASA's Curiosity rover.
More details on the game, including an outline of features, can be found in the press release after the break.
PARIS- Aug. 16, 2012 - Mars: War Logs, the action RPG developed by Spiders for Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network and PC, has been unveiled today with a video! Mars: War Logs offers a wide variety of quests, dynamic tactical combat, and extensive character specialization through different skill trees and a complete craft system.
Watch the video.
The Silk Engine, the powerful graphics engine built by Spiders, breathes life onto the Red Planet. The in-game sequences in today's video give a glimpse of the exciting quest that await players on Mars in 2013! Mars: War Logs will be presented at Gamescom 2012 in Cologne this week at the Focus booth in the business area (Hall 4.2, Stand I-050a), alongside another undisclosed game from Spiders that will be unveiled for the first time.
Mars: War Logs takes you to the red planet over a century after the catastrophe that threw the planet and its colonists into chaos. Water has become the most precious resource on the arid planet with a few companies fighting a perpetual war for its control. In the middle of this struggle, players take on the role of Roy Temperance, a renegade with multiple talents, and plunge into a thrilling cyberpunk RPG on Mars! Players develop Roy and his combat style by choosing from dozens of skills and perks, and fight for his life in dynamic real-time combat against the fearsome creatures of Mars. The crafting system lets players create and modify equipment to maintain an edge over enemies. Dialogue choices as well as actions and decisions made will influence the destiny of the people Roy crosses paths with...and perhaps the fate of all colonies on Mars.
About Focus Home Interactive
Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is an independent French publisher based near Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles that have become benchmark titles worldwide - such as Blood Bowl, Sherlock Holmes, TrackMania, Runaway and also Cities XL and Cycling Manager.
In 2012, Focus will publish ambitious games such as Wargame: European Escalation, the new real time strategy game from the creators of « R.U.S.E. »™; Game Of Thrones™, the role-playing game adapted from the bestseller saga written by George R.R. Martin; The Testament of Sherlock Holmes™ on PC and for the first time ever on consoles; Of Orcs and Men, a great roleplaying game featuring Orcs and Goblins; Confrontation®, the video game adaptation of the famous board game universe by Rackham and also the official video game of Le Tour de France.
About Spider Games
Spiders is an independent video game development studio based in Paris, France. Founded in 2008 by several industry veterans who worked most notably on the Silverfall game and its add-on, the studio is mainly specialized in the creation of action/RPG games on PC and next gen consoles, but also has the capacity to realize or participate in the realization of PC ports on consoles. To date, Spiders developed and released Faery: Legends of Avalon, an enchanting RPG on PC, Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, as well as the console ports of the Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper (Xbox 360) and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (PS3, Xbox 360) adventure games. Spiders is currently developing Of Orcs and Men, an RPG designed and produced by Cyanide that will be released in 2012 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as Mars and Bound by Flames, two great action/RPG due in 2013 on PC and consoles. All of the studio's productions use the Silk Engine, Spiders' own multiplatform engine that allows the team to quickly develop high quality games for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.