For years, studios such as Ubisoft and DICE have seen skilled designers leave these companies to found development houses of their own. Now, another group of vets from these European game makers are trying to make something new work for the PlayStation 4.
Lightbulb Club announced today that this top-down team shooter Games of Glory is coming to the PlayStation 4 in early 2017. This competitive free-to-play game features 3-on-3 or 5-vs.-5 matches using what the studio says are “free-aiming shooter mechanics, close combat controls, and unique character skills.” It’ll also have cross-platform play with PC. The game sounds like it’s built for esports, a fast-growing $493 million industry, and livestreaming. At TwitchCon in September, Twitch said that at any time over the past 12 months, 622,000 people were tuning in to watch folks play games.
Games of Glory has 15 characters (Clones) from five classes, and they all have their own suite of skills and abilities. You can use and upgrade 50 weapons — these include melee tools, pistols, rifles, shotguns, and rocket launchers.
“Games of Glory will add an incredibly fun and intense top-down team-based multiplayer experience to the PlayStation 4’s massive community of gamers,” said Lightblub CEO Anders Larsson in a canned statement. “We’ve aimed to bring the exhilarating competition of PC battle arena games as a shared experience on PlayStation 4 with controls and gameplay built from the ground up to keep the cross-platform matches even and well balanced.”
The story has players fighting over the future of the Synarchy, which Lightbulb terms as “a powerful intergalactic empire where the games act the main source of entertainment for inhabitants.”