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  • Brand new press release concerning Aqua

    I just received the following official press release for Aqua:

    Frankfurt, Germany, April 21st 2010 – Today, the Slovak development studio Games Distillery reveals further details of its upcoming naval shooter “AQUA – Naval Warfare”. The game will be released by Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox LIVE® Arcade in summer this year.

    The world of “AQUA – Naval Warfare” is covered largely by oceans. Landmasses are scarce and usually offer extreme climate conditions like ice worlds, volcanic landscapes, tall rocky mountains or tropical islands. During the course of the campaign, the player will have to visit and explore all these different settings and face the specific challenges they have to offer.

    Next to these settings, awe-inspiring battleships are the iron heart of “AQUA – Naval Warfare”. Powered by ultra pressured steam, these steel giants are deadly naval weapons with highly specialized tactical features. The player will take control of an elite combat ship to fulfil his tasks. By unlocking new ship-types, weapons and upgrades, the player will have the opportunity to enhance his ship and gear up for the next fight.
    A selection of units from the battle fleets of “AQUA – Naval Warfare”:

    Gothean Vanquisher
    The Vanquisher class battleship is one of the most lethal units of the imperial Gothean fleet. Its powerful Steamhammer cannon with its revolutionary turbine-reloader mechanism can deal terminal damage within a short amount of time. The only weakness of this mighty vessel is its undefended rear section, outside of the firing arc of its main weapon.

    Emperean Ironwall
    The Ironwalls are the pride and backbone of every battle fleet. Not only do they bring their all-obliterating, heavy cannon broadsides to the battlefield, they are also the only ships large enough to provide the deck-space, luxury and kitchen equipment to support the needs and tastes of any respectable fleet-admiral.

    Gothean Ironwall
    The Gothean Ironwall is an invincible adversary, provided you take on the challenge and face it from its sides. Virtually defenceless at the front and rear, slow and hardly more manoeuvrable than an island, you are however very unlikely to meet this ship without the support of large enemy squadrons detached to protect it.

    Gothean Guard Invader
    The Gothean Guard Invader is a heavy cruiser from the Infamous squadron of Commodore Vanderbolt. This ship is equipped with a revolutionary Medusa-shield device, which can repel enemy projectiles and hurl them back at the unit which fired them. Luckily, to be able to fire its own weapons, it needs to drop the shield for a short timeframe.

    Emperean Angelcraft
    The Emperean Glacialis Base “Angelcraft” prototype is the result of a secret scientific project utilizing electrical power harnessed directly from the storm clouds in the atmosphere. The resulting aircraft is quick, highly manoeuvrable and equipped with a devastating lightning attack that can destroy smaller ships with one burst.

    Gothean Detonator
    The Gothean Detonator is a Chariot-class escort vessel converted to a floating bomb. There is hardly anything more to say about it – avoid the trigger at its front and you will live…

    Emperean Cruiser
    The Emperean Cruiser is one of the ships you will command in the game. This vessel is a real all-rounder – it combines good speed and manoeuvrability with a wide choice of weapons and no serious weaknesses – rapid-firing gatlings, volley shotguns and armor-piercing cannons can all be equipped to this ship. Torpedoes and mines round up the offensive selection. In the hands of a skilled and resolute commander, the cruiser can take up most of the challenges the enemy can offer…

    I am also lucky enough to have received a few more screenshots, which you can find over on my German Steampunk blog.

    But here is some concept art, just to tickle your interest:

    Aqua - Concept Art
    Aqua - Concept Art

  • Steam for the XBox

    Well, what can I say, the vibrations of the Ætherweb have carried news of an upcoming steampunk-themed game to me.

    Aqua LogoAqua by Games Distillery (it is their debut) is going to be an action-oriented naval shooter which will also include tactical elements and, as I said, it is steampunk-themed.

    To quote the official press-release:

    The game itself is presented in a fictional Imperial Victorian setting.

    Just take a look at the screenshots (click to enlarge):

    Aqua Screenshot 1
    Aqua - Ships engaging in battle
    Aqua Screenshot 2
    Aqua - A War Zeppelin

    The game, scheduled for release Summer 2010, will be available via XBox Live Arcade and it will also feature a multi-player modus and the option to have additional friendly ships controlled by the AI.

    Judging from the graphics I must say I am quite stunned, here are a few more screenshots to prove the point:

    Aqua Screenshot 3
    Aqua - Battle with Aereal Support
    Aqua - Massive Battle
    Aqua - Massive Battle

    A few words concerning the people behind the game:

    Games Distillery is a Bratislava-based development studio founded in 2008. The team of Games Distillery has a ton of experience, the best known projects members have previously been engaged in is probably Anno 1602 and Anno 1503.

    Well, I shall keep this game on my radar and pass any additional information on to you. Now I just have to find out who in my inner circle of friends with an XBox can be talked into

    a) getting this game and

    b) lending me the XBox for a yet to be defined amount of time

    Where did I put my hypno-ray projector? Damn, so many things in boxes here already…