Some developers may be afraid of the down economy, but stores will at least have one interesting shooter on the shelves this Fall: Bethesda Softworks and A2M announced today that Wet will be released on September 15th for Xbox 360 and PS3.
"We are extremely excited to bring Wet to gamers on September 15th," said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. "A2M has created an explosive gaming experience and the action is non-stop from start to finish."
Although Fall is traditionally a time of peak excitement in the industry, when store shelves are flooded with games, this Fall is developing a reputation for being something of a let-down. Dark Void, BioShock 2, Mafia 2, Heavy Rain, Guild Wars 2 and more have all slipped their release dates into "early 2010" or beyond.
Bethesda's Pete Hines, however, says none of that concerns him. When asked if Wet's September release date was selected as a strategic move in response to competitors' fears about the economy, he responded:
"Wet is coming out in September because that's when it will be ready and we want to get it out so folks can play it. I think it's a really fun game, I've been enjoying playing it, and sitting on it because of whatever state the economy is in doesn't make any sense."
Wet, developed by Artificial Mind and Movement, and previewed at Bethesda's press event earlier this year in London, is a hyper-stylized action-shooter, starring Rubi, the female protagonist who's just as comfortable shooting you in the face as she is slashing your head off with a sword.
"We've worked really hard to make Wet different from any other action game available," said Patrick Fortier, Creative Director at A2M. "When players experience the game's unique blend of gunplay, sword combat and acrobatics, they won't want to put the controller down."