Finnish independent developer Housemarque decided to abandon its focus on arcade games a while ago. Yesterday, during this year's Reboot Develop conference held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Housemarque revealed that its next game will be a multiplayer focused title called Stormdivers. No platforms were announced so far.
Hello from Housemarque,
It's time to introduce our latest title that we've been secretly working on for 2 years.
As a part of our recent transition away from our core genres, we've had a hard look at what really makes up an arcade game and how can we bring those elements to whole new heights. Fortunately a few greats have been able to show the way and bring gameplay centric experiences to wider audiences. We hope to expand that progress as we bring our explosive effects and second-to-second gameplay to new genres.
Our newest title will still remain in a slight shroud of mystery, but we can say that it will be a high flying and heavy hitting, multiplayer centric experience. It will be the first title that we treat as an on-going service, this also means that there are ways to get to play it earlier and we'd love to develop it further with a feedback loop in mind.
This will also be our second game made with the Unreal Engine (Matterfall was the first), and now we are also officially branding our added layer of special effects candy as the "Housemarque VFX Engine". Basically meaning that we put an extra effort into creating custom technology solutions that take our upcoming titles to whole new visually shattering ends.
Stormdivers is powered by Unreal Engine 4 as mentioned above, but Housemarque will also use Amazon's Game Tech for its cloud solution.
Last but not least, Stormdivers isn't the only game the studio is working on. In fact, they confirmed during the conference to be working on an "AAA" game based on another IP. This might be in partnership with a bigger publisher given the Triple-A mention.