Developer Housemarque has been hyping up their latest project since before E3, but at Gamescom 2018’s Opening Ceremony we finally got to see what Stormdivers is. The short answer? A Battle Royale.
According to the announcements from Housemarque, the studio began developing for the Battle Royale genre following their announcement that “arcade is dead.” While the market is getting crowded very quickly, Housemarque is hoping to bring their pristine record of creating addictive gameplay along with over-the-top visual effects.
According to CEO of Housemarque, Ilari Kuittinen, this is what the team has to say about the project:
With Stormdivers we are entering new grounds as a studio that for over 20 years has been known for creating arcade coin-op inspired games. We began its development when battle royale was still a niche gameplay mode, yet despite the number of BR games on the market now, Stormdivers will excite players with its fast-paced gameplay, metagame, classes and various events, all packaged with Housemarque’s trademark high-quality visual effects. Stormdivers is more than just another battle royale game, and we plan to roll out new content regularly in the future to continuously expand the experience. We invite everyone to check out the trailer to see what we have in store!
Of course, many dedicated gamers’ eyes begin glazing over when they hear the term “Battle Royale,” given that it is 2018’s industry buzzword.
In Stormdivers, the game focuses on a Sci-Fi themed backdrop that leans on a nano-tech gameplay arc. In other words, we can expect super strong and superpowered soldiers. The game will also be sporting a variety of modes, PvE co-op missions, classes, and will be developed in Unreal Engine
Stormdivers is currently being developed for PC with a 2019 launch date; there is no word yet on if it is making the jump to consoles. You can check out the game’s trailer and official screenshots below, or take a look at the previously released teaser with HD photos of equipment: