Awakened Shows What Midway's Hero Could Have Been

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Awakened Shows What Midway's Hero Could Have Been

Former Midway developers have formed a new studio and are showing off a new game that's incredibly similar to the now-canceled game, Hero.

Back in July, it was revealed that Midway had been working on a game called Hero. Hero was one of the projects that was shut down by the company's financial woes. The game looked like it was a grittier, more open-ended version of Infamous, and it seemed like a shame that the game would never see the light of day. Now, it turns out that Hero's development team has formed its own studio and is working on a very similar game.

The new studio is called Phosphor Games. Subsequently, the new game is called Awakened and the trailer for the game shows what seems to be a fascinating, open world for players to either save or terrorize. Looking at Awakened's early gameplay, there are a lot of similar elements to Hero, though Awakened seems like it's got an even more open world that seems less-gritty (though no less mature) than its predecessor.

The trailer doesn't really reveal much about Awakened, but it shows a lot of impressive-looking action set pieces. The concept of an action game starring a fully-customizable superhuman certainly sounds promising. At the moment, the game doesn't have a publisher attached. That said, I'd be surprised if someone doesn't snatch up the publishing rights in the near future, based on this trailer.

Source: Joystiq

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Looks pretty cool.

Now this is interesting. Never heard of Hero, but I would like to see how this turns out.

That is some of the stiffest character animation I've seen in recent years, hopefully they get changed before final release.

From what the trailer shows the game looks like it could be very interesting, looks like there are at least some options for what powers you have.

The character animations look rather stiff, however I'm such this will be fixed with some more better animations. It looks promising. Could you make your own hero / Villain with it's own custom super power/s?

Get rid of the PS2 level animation, and you'd have a pretty cool looking game there.

This has got my attention. It better turn out good, or I will not be happy.

WrongSprite:
Get rid of the PS2 level animation, and you'd have a pretty cool looking game there.

If a publisher picks it up, its likely that the animation level would improve due to increased funding...

I read about hero and I'm glad this project is so similar to it. I've been waiting a loooooong time for an open world super-hero game where you make your own hero, so pleeeeeeease someone pick this up.

It's the same game. They've been working on this since 2009? Surely, they should be picked up.

Finally, super enemies, instead of just the military or gangs like in inFamous/Prototype. Love the physics capabilities.

WrongSprite:
Get rid of the PS2 level animation, and you'd have a pretty cool looking game there.

That. Also, the beyond shitty explosions.

The narration is really cheesy too, but I could get over it.

It does look like it has great ideas, but good God man. This has some of the worst animations I've seen in a current gen. Everything looks like it's moving so slow and stiff. I'm not complaining about the graphics: good graphics do not a game make. But the game animates in such a way that it doesn't look fun at all.

Looks kinda cool. Might keep a close eye on it if some more juicy information get out on it in the next couple of weeks.

And is it just me, or does the music in the video kinda sound like something Sigur Rós does, or is it just me?

Once they get a publisher, the quality will increase drastically, this is really just concept gameplay, no polish at all.

ahh, saeglopur - sigur ros... great song...

this game doesnt look very impressive...
odd animations, samey guns and what looks already to be a spammy physics-object-moving... errr... move. released as it is now, its not something id be interested in, not without a damn good reference from a friend.

RanD00M:

And is it just me, or does the music in the video kinda sound like something Sigur Rós does, or is it just me?

how can you know that and not know that its saeglopur? >.>

Moeez:

It's the same game. They've been working on this since 2009? Surely, they should be picked up.

Finally, super enemies, instead of just the military or gangs like in inFamous/Prototype. Love the physics capabilities.

What the fuck? That game looks far better!

What happened? I mean, I know it was cancelled and all, but didn't they still have that? Were all their files deleted or something?

I'd love to see this one day as a finished product. It clearly needs alot of work but this game reminds me of the TV series Heroes. I think that this could turn out better than Infamous did.

Ironic Pirate:

Moeez:

It's the same game. They've been working on this since 2009? Surely, they should be picked up.

Finally, super enemies, instead of just the military or gangs like in inFamous/Prototype. Love the physics capabilities.

What the fuck? That game looks far better!

What happened? I mean, I know it was cancelled and all, but didn't they still have that? Were all their files deleted or something?

Very likely, yeah. It's unlikely they actually own the ip or any of the game files since its just some of the original team that split and made a new studio. They will have started from scratch.

Well, visually it looks like arse, but obviously it's very early in development. The concept is very interesting though, got a lot of potential.

The fire/explosion animations are awful. But the game has a good concept and I loved the one that enters the bodies of enemies, as I loved it in Prototype.

Wait: you can be a super duper VILLAN?!

Rock.

Lookin pretty damn spiffy, if I do say so myself.

Looking good so far.

This reminds me of Freedom Fighters somewhat, so fucking gimme!

And come on people, this game doesn't even have a publisher or proper funding! Have you been spoiled this much as of late? See the potential diamond in the dirt here!

That being said, I actually thought it would be a game I've been wanting from a developer for a while. Something that's part Freedom Fighters, part V for Vendetta. Something where you can be a revolutionary with choices that impact the people you recruit, and a decent amount of politics in it.

Looks like Heroes: The Game. Colour me interested.

Unless there's already been an attempt at a 'Heroes' game... then just ignore me. :D

Some of the animations need some serious cleaning up but that said this shows some promise.

Sounds fairly interesting, but those special effects (which are very important for a game like this) look like crap, and it also didn't seem to play very smoothly. Hopefully they have good long time between now and release to get the thing polished and looking good.

EDIT: Oh yeah, is it just me, or did the powers show-cased in the video look extremely boring to anyone else?

looks like it could be cool but needs a whole lot more polish before i pick it up

It lacks polish, but it looks fucking awesome. As is, it could probably be a good Wii game.

A publisher needs to pick this up last year.

Let's hope this get's some attention. The animation and gameplay look shite. But the concept is something I'd shag a bear for.

Great concept. If/when it comes out, I'll pick it up for sure.

Needs alot more polish though.

The idea is great, basically 'Heroes' the game.

But man does it look shitty, they need to spend alot lot more time on it and hopefully they will.

Color me very interested. Of course, the game could look better, but pretty much anything that looks like Quake 3 is fine by me.

garjian:

RanD00M:

And is it just me, or does the music in the video kinda sound like something Sigur Rós does, or is it just me?

how can you know that and not know that its saeglopur? >.>

Because I seriously dislike Sigur Rós. I only asked because it sounded vaguely familiar.

This certainly has promise, I just hope they can make it different enough from Infamous and Prototype. What's with the superhero/disaster/dystopia mashups lately, anyway?

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