Exceptionally colorful FPS Xotic announced for XBLA

No one can accuse Xotic of having that generic brown-and-grey FPS "look." Developer WXP Games has some experience in the genre, having developed last generation's Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball, but is going decidedly sci-fi with this XBLA-exclusive title.

Like another colorful FPS -- Bulletstorm -- the game features a bright organic environment and even seems to share a focus on racking up combos. Single-player elements such as leveling up skills and weapons using experience points are listed in the feature set, but multiplayer isn't mentioned.

Currently without a pricetag, Xotic will be available this summer.%Gallery-121285%
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Unique FPS-Arcade Hybrid Challenges Players to Top the Leaderboards

San Mateo, California – April 13, 2011 – TikGames revealed Xotic today, a unique hybrid of the first-person shooter and arcade genres. Published by Valcon Games LLC, co-published by TikGames, and developed by WXP Games, Xotic is expected to come to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this summer.

"Xotic is an all-new twist on a genre full of likeminded games," said Anatoly Tikhman, Founder and CEO of TikGames. "Instead of running around and shooting the same old soldiers with the same old guns, in this game players will be exploring a unique bio-organic environment while aiming to rack up millions of points and a spot at the top of the leaderboards."

Xotic is more than just killing enemies. Players can compare their shooter skills with their friends' on the leaderboards as they rack up chain combos by shooting targets like the life-choking Scab plants around each level, picking up Orb Essence, and, yes, blasting enemies. Balancing all of these elements while attaining the best time in each level is the key to becoming the top scorer. In their quest to become number one, players will also earn experience points that they can use to upgrade their skills and weapons and can pick up power-ups around each level.

"I think players will be surprised by the creativity and uniqueness of Xotic," said Patrick Moynihan, Studio Director of WXP Games. "There isn't another shooter like Xotic, with its blend of FPS action and arcade-style compulsion towards achieving ever-higher scores."

Xotic has been rated T for Teen (Animated Blood, Violence) by the ESRB.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.