Nex Machina Dev Housemarque Announces Stormdivers, Mold-Breaking New Project

The Resogun and Nex Machina studio is hard at work on something new. 


Resogun and Nex Machina dev Housemarque has announced that it's currently at work on a brand new title. It's called Stormdivers, and it looks to be a sight different than what the studio has historically released in the past. The Finnish developer has forged ahead with a "multiplayer-centric experience" that looks suspiciously like a battle royale title, if you ask us, blended with "hard flying and heavy hitting gameplay." What does that mean in terms of how Stormdivers or how it'll work? That's a little unclear at the moment.

The game has been in development for two years, shifting focus from arcade-like titles after declaring that "arcade games are dead." With that in mind, it's hard not to wonder why we didn't get more than just a lightning storm and a figure running throughout a verdant forest for the teaser trailer. All things will come in due time, I suppose, but it looks like it's going to be a decidedly striking game if nothing else, utilizing the Housemarque VFX Engine as well as running on the Unreal Engine.

There's no release date or platform information as far as when or where we might be able to expect Stormdivers, but since this is the first we're just now hearing of the game, we'll be getting more information coming down the pipeline as the days wear on. 

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    April 23, 2018 10:45 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Nex Machina Dev Housemarque Announces Stormdivers, Mold-Breaking New Project

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      April 23, 2018 10:56 AM

      It’s sad to think that the creators of the most slick, perfect arcade games say the genre’s dead. Nex Machina is so good. :(

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      April 23, 2018 11:46 AM

      I've loved action-heavy twin-stick shooters ever since Ikari Warriors/Smash TV and I really wish more studios were making these games, but apparently the demand just isn't there.

      I have a feeling if they had made the move to Switch early they could have turned things around, as a lot of smaller dev studios have reported huge sales in comparison to their numbers on PC or other consoles. That boat has probably sailed by now though.

      Dead Nation - It took awhile to click for me, but I ended up becoming hardcore addicted. It felt a little bit like an overhead Doom 2016 once you triggered a zombie rush.
      Alien Nation - Dead Nation with aliens instead of zombies, but deeper upgrade mechanics. I've been playing it on and off but it hasn't grabbed me yet.
      Nex Machina - Fucking fantastic, although pretty darn difficult. The voxel graphics and explosions are amazing. The pace of the game is incredible, and fun multiplayer as well.
      Resogun - Excellent game, but after I completed the short campaign I didn't feel like going back and completing any other objections. This is actually one of my least favorite games of theirs.

      I wanted to try their sidescroller game Matterfall, but the videos I saw didn't really do much for me and reviews were kind of lackluster. I will still look for it on sale.

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        April 23, 2018 5:44 PM

        Smash TV is the gold standard. The only thing Nex Machina misses compared to it is that wacky sense of humor. But then again, it’s damn hard to find any kind of funny game nowadays.

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          April 23, 2018 6:26 PM

          I can't even begin to conjecture how many quarters/tokens Smash TV gobbled from my hot little hands back in the day, what a great 2 player co-op game that was.

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        April 23, 2018 6:11 PM

        Outland was decent.

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