Project Lodus The True Co-op ARPG Successor To Syndicate
Author: William Usher
published: 2012-08-18 19:17:57
Who all played EA and Starbreeze Studios' newest Syndicate game? How'd you like it? Well, whether you thought it was good or not, apart from the really awesome soundtrack the game was nothing like the old Syndicate other than name only. Project Lodus on the other hand seems to be a much closer representation to what the old syndicate was, but with some new-school game mechanics to round out the experience.
Headed up by a small indie team going by the name of Leviathan Interactive, Project Lodus tells the story of a group of four stragglers trying to survive in an underground cyber-punk city while trying to grow strong enough to overcome a threatening force. The game's similarities to Syndicate fall in line with the game's isometric ARPG gameplay mechanics, the ability to loot and upgrade equipment and to outfit characters with physically modifying cybernetics. There's also the neat real-time combat inspired by a professional stunt team that deals specifically with working with swords.
Now, the awesome part is that the game is already funded (just barely, but it's been funded nonetheless.) meeting its $50,000 goal. The game is also already confirmed to be in development for Windows PC, but as the video above denotes, if funding (presumably from sales) meets the necessary benchmarks we could be seeing this game make its way to the Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. By now, most gamers are well aware of some of the royalty and certification fees attached with getting games ported to home consoles, so I wouldn't hold my breath for a XBLA rendition of Project Lodus right out of the gate.
The game is still heavy in development and promises to be a pretty cool experience once it gets finished. Hans Pasricha mentioned in the video that publishers had some vested interest in the project if Leviathan could get a working prototype of the game finished, so potentially maybe the multiplatform versions of the game might be handled by a publisher or two. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the Official Kickstarter Page.
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