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After an era of cinematic shooters, a movement for classic, aggressive, unrelenting gunplay has sprung up across the development landscape. Devolver Digital has Serious Sam and Shadow Warrior. Interceptor's Rise of the Triad arrives soon. Today, Plastic Piranha and 505 Games have announced a partnership to deliver Rekoil.
Rekoil is set in a world ravaged by plague with a focus on modding and tuned for eSports. The combat is class-based and balanced without killstreaks or vehicles that might provide advantages that aren't skill-based.
Modding is a tricky proposition on consoles, and Plastic Piranha has found a way to make it work. "We want the modding community to embrace this game, so we will be selecting the best maps generated by the community to be included in our DLC packs for both XBLA and PC," said Plastic Piranha's Kevin Dent. "We are super excited at the idea of the gaming community taking ownership of Rekoil".
With the aid of 505 Games, the title will be making an appearance on PC and Xbox Live Arcade later this year. 505 Games has a history of working with small, independent developers and will be publishing Brothers — A Tale of Two Sons and TAKEDOWN: Red Sabre in the coming months. PayDay 2, which we recently previewed, is also coming to market from 505 Games.
Our TakeThe movement toward balanced, competitive shooters is in lockstep with the growth of eSports and streaming culture. Developers in the MOBA and first-person shooter genres have started getting out in front of the eSports question early. This sets the tone and helps engender a community of avid competitors even while titles are in beta. Rekoil has its sites set on that market, and I'm eager to see more.