Other Ocean bringing War of the Worlds to XBLA, PSN

Other Ocean Interactive has announced a new project for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network based on the H. G. Wells novel, War of the Worlds. The game will follow the events of the 1953 film (not the Tom Cruise one) but will also include "a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots."

War of the Worlds will feature rotoscoped graphics and gameplay in the vein of "classic cinematic platformers such as Flashback, Out of This World and Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee." The game is expected to launch this summer and will be shown at E3 next week.

The name Other Ocean may not be instantly familiar to some readers, though there's a good chance you've played one of their games. Over the last few years, the studio has created the Bulletstorm promotional parody title Duty Calls, Dark Void Zero and the XBLA version of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Other Ocean is also developing the Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for Warner Bros.


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Other Ocean Interactive Reveals The War of the Worlds, a Stylish Look at the Beloved Novel Coming to Xbox LIVE®Arcade and PlayStation®Network


2D rotoscoped cinematic platformer offering a brand new vision of the H.G. Wells' classic tale to be shown at E3 2011


Emeryville, CA – June 2, 2011 – Other Ocean Interactive, the acclaimed independent developer with a mastery of creating modern games with a retro feel like Dark Void Zero and the XBLA conversion of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, revealed today it is currently in development of The War of the Worlds. Coming to Xbox LIVE®Arcade and PlayStation®Network, The War of the Worlds is an upcoming 2D cinematic platformer inspired by the seminal work of beloved author H.G. Wells that pits players in a story of survival as a lone person trying to escape chaos and destruction amidst an alien invasion in 1950s London.


Other Ocean will be providing a first look at the title to select press during the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, June 7-9, 2011.


In development under license from Paramount Digital Entertainment, The War of the Worlds is a dark and breathtaking new vision of the classic H.G. Wells novel, retold as a single player, 2D action-adventure. The gameplay narrative parallels the timeline and events from the 1953 movie adaptation, but introduces a new story arc, characters, locations, and sub-plots.


With gameplay paying homage to classic cinematic platformers such as Flashback, Out of This World and Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, players follows the exploits of an unknown everyman struggling to escape the Martian invasion of London and rescue his family. Forced to think through insurmountable odds, players will outsmart an army of alien tripods and other menacing war machines as they make their way through a landscape of total devastation.


"As a developer, we are extremely fortunate to have access to this beloved franchise," said Mike Mika, Head of Development with Other Ocean Interactive. "The team and I are huge fans of the original rotoscoped cinematic platformers of early PC gaming. This is a dream project for everyone on the team. Having the ability to approach the game in a completely retro way and pay homage to one of our favorite periods in gaming is more than we could ask for."


The War of the Worlds will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network in summer 2011.


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This article was originally published on Joystiq.