Heat Signature is next game from Gunpoint creator

Gunpoint creator Tom Francis has released a prototype video for his next project, Heat Signature, a stealth game set in space.


Gunpoint creator Tom Francis is currently working on his next project, a 2D stealth adventure set in space called Heat Signature. Francis posted a 14-minute video demonstrating the current prototype, showing the game's flight mechanics and top-down stealth action.

The premise of Heat Signature is to fly a ship (currently the size of a few pixels) and sneak up on other randomly generated ships of varying sizes before safely boarding them. Enemy ships all come with heat sensors, requiring players to cool down their engine and alter their trajectory, in order to avoid detection and invade a ship via its airlock. Upon landing, the game shifts to a top-down view, where players must take out the crew before disembarking and repeating the process with the next ship.

Let Tom Francis walk you through the early version of his upcoming new game by watching the video below. For more about Heat Signature, check out Francis's website.

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    February 3, 2014 3:30 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Heat Signature is next game from Gunpoint creator.

    Gunpoint creator Tom Francis has released a prototype video for his next project, Heat Signature, a stealth game set in space.

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      February 3, 2014 3:38 PM

      If FTL and Hotline Miami had a baby it would be this game and it's a fantastic idea. Very excited!

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        February 3, 2014 3:47 PM

        Too bad it'll probably fail to capture the je ne sais quoi of either.

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      February 3, 2014 3:59 PM

      Guess that rules out any more Gunpoint content.

      Man, that game was fun. And funny!

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        February 5, 2014 9:24 AM

        I have a feeling that there will be a sequel to it eventually. It was too popular (and funny) for there not to be.

        I can totally understand why he's doing a different game though. Don't wanna be known only as "the guy who did Gunpoint", at least forever.

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      February 3, 2014 4:44 PM

      I remember that "stealth" mission from Edge of Chaos which sucked because flaring your engine would fail the mission.

      I managed to beat it by binding navigation thrusters to the Saitek X45 hat button and used that to maneuver. That was a tense mission and I hope this new game replicates this kind of thrill.

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        February 3, 2014 8:54 PM

        hah yeah I remember doing that too- I usually had the radial menu on hat but changed it for that one mission then changed it back

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      February 3, 2014 9:32 PM

      The idea of needing to take over a ship to weaken another ship reminds me of Paradroid.

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