Scribblenauts' developer 5th Cell is taking a unique approach to third-person shooters in its upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game, Hybrid. Players don't have complete control over their characters, or at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, combatants float from cover point to cover point. Another interesting aspect of the game is its persistent war, the outcome of which is affected by the results of individual matches.

Players pick a faction when they start the game for the first time, and then its up to them to help win the larger war. To do so, they'll have to play matches to earn dark matter. Once factions claim enough of the coveted substance, the war is over and the battle resets. Players keep their stats and unlockables, and factions can earn special rewards based on the outcome of each war. Even though it's supposed to be a mark of shame, the paper-bag mask that the losers unlock is actually pretty sweet looking.

Look for the game in early August on Xbox Live Arcade.