505 Games U.S. and Buka Studios today announced a May 2010 release date for The Swarm, an action-packed third-person shooter that drops players into the middle of a nuclear fallout after in alien invasion in Moscow, Russia. Targeted for release on Xbox 360, The Swarm forces players to choose between absorbing alien DNA – and powerful skills -- at the cost of gradually become a monster, or retaining their own humanity to fight off the alien invaders.
In The Swarm, players navigate an alien-infested Red Square in Moscow, shown under the effects of a nuclear catastrophe. The game features a unique adaptive combat system, where players awaken in an alien laboratory and will choose throughout the game to either enhance their performance with alien DNA that increases attributes like stamina and health, or retain their humanity – and standard abilities – to fight the invading forces.
While searching for an antidote to cure their allies against the alien mutation, players will solve DNA mini-games and puzzles for the option to absorb new abilities and become more adept at fighting tougher enemies. Players can then build and change alien DNA chains to improve different abilities like harvested energy from the bodies of defeated enemies, increased regeneration rate, enhanced vision or develop physical manifestations with access to energy weapons and sharp claws. Players can use a variety of weapons—including firearms, clubs, plasma projectors and grenades—for melee or ranged combat against enemies.
“This is not your standard third-person shooter,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games U.S. “The game’s adaptive combat allows players to mold their characters, draw them into the alien takeover and force them to make tough decisions typically not found in other shooter games.”
Players will encounter The Swarm for Xbox 360 in May 2010. For assets, please visit: http://bhimpact.gamespress.com/.
About 505 Games
Based in Los Angeles, CA, 505 Games (U.S.) is the North American division of 505 Games, a global videogame publisher. The U.S. operations launched in May, 2008 to bring quality interactive entertainment to North America on all game platforms including Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii and DS, as well as PC, online, and mobile. The company’s management team hails from the leaders in global entertainment including major motion picture studios, videogame publishers and leading game development studios. With the company’s deep experience and proven success in interactive entertainment worldwide, 505 Games is looking to drive the industry forward with innovative game experiences that integrate next generation game play, immersive stories and integrated brands that can take the business to a new level. The company offers a broad selection of videogame titles in all genres for players of all ages.