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Scourge: Outbreak Infecting PSN Soon

Omar Salleh's Avatar + Posted by Omar Salleh on Aug 06, 2012 // Lead Game Designer, Tragnarion Studios

Since our announcement in May about the upcoming release of our third-person shooter Scourge: Outbreak, we’ve been hard at work wrapping things up and getting the game ready for launch in a couple of months’ time.

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We’re especially keen to see players get a kick out of the co-op narrative style that we’ve developed, whereby each of the game’s four playable characters experiences their own unique flashbacks throughout the game. These memories are designed to fit together as a kind of jig-saw puzzle, so the best way to get the full picture is to discuss them with your buddies. Some show dubious details about yourself, while others cast doubt on your squad-mates. Who’s the real enemy? What’s going on? What did you see? Don’t worry… single-player is a complete experience in and of itself, but co-op is where this style of narrative really shines.

We’ve also worked hard on bringing a polished, fluid and action-packed third person shooter to the PlayStation community. Scourge: Outbreak is often compared to other well-established third person shooters, but we’ve tried to capture a faster-paced, less methodical combat feel than what typifies other examples of the genre. Echo Squad’s four members are not simply re-skinned carbon copies of each other. Each boasts different special abilities, as well as different stats that affect weapon handling.

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With full single-player and four-player co-op campaign support, plus versus multiplayer modes and maps, we’re confident there will be enough action for everyone.

Many people assume that developing games in Spain must be all sun, sea and fun. Ok, yes… As I write this, it’s a sunny afternoon outside here in Palma — but there’s no time to enjoy it at the moment — we’ve got a game to finish!

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+ rssephiroth on August 6th, 2012 at 7:19 am said:

Will there be split screen co-op?


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    + Sid Shuman on August 6th, 2012 at 11:51 am said:

    Wanted to drop a note here on behalf of Omar — the team will be back to answer questions when they get back in the office.


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:39 am said:

    Thanks Sid — sorry for the wait guys — TIMESHIFT! :I


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+ supermoc10 on August 6th, 2012 at 7:20 am said:

Looks cool. I gonna check it out because I love co-op games. Will there be a demo?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:15 am said:

    Absolutely. You will be able to download the game as a free trial and buy from within the game later on should you wish.


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+ remanutd5 on August 6th, 2012 at 7:20 am said:

all psn games should be release on the psvita as well.


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+ supermoc10 on August 6th, 2012 at 7:20 am said:

Split-Screen?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:26 am said:

    The game comes with no Split Screen option but allows you to play LAN based games and Internet Ranked and Unranked matches.


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+ MAXIMO273 on August 6th, 2012 at 7:39 am said:

Move Support? …don’t tell me it would destroy the core gameplay games like Infamous, Killzone, and Resistance use it just fine. All i’m asking for is to be able to point to aim. Don’t need waggling mini games injected in.


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:26 am said:

    No move support at the moment.


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+ Heavenly_king on August 6th, 2012 at 7:41 am said:

at first glance it looked like GeOW ;D


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+ MushThePainter on August 6th, 2012 at 7:53 am said:

how have i not heard about this? looks sweet, ill keep my eye out for this one


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+ TwinDad on August 6th, 2012 at 7:57 am said:

Oh look another shooter. I’ll see myself to the door.

I’ll add, the last video looked great. It looks like a good game for those that like shooters.

Hopefully you will finish in enough time to catch a few of the first game of the La Liga season :)


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:29 am said:

    On that last point: we hope so too! :)


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+ Bcrazyman on August 6th, 2012 at 7:57 am said:

hey great game cant wait im really glued to sony games and awsome content this year you guys werent joking about the content for this year awsome cant wait for this game looks really good nice pictures i really like the art work really awsome! any word for a discount for us ps+members let me know thanks!


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+ Mattsta001 on August 6th, 2012 at 8:07 am said:

Your last game, The Scourge Project, was panned by critics and was criticised for being poorly made, badly controlling and tedious. It has a Metascore of 44/100.

Destructoid gave the game 2.5/10 and said it was, “a sloppy, unforgivable mess.”

Edge Magazine gave it 3/10 and said it, “plays unbearably clumsily.”

Is this just a reskin of that PC game from 2010? It seems to be listed on Metacritic for PS3/360 but has no reviews and release date is TBA. What changes or improvements have been made to make it worthwhile to hand over whatever you are charging?

I think it’d be better to wait for reviews before getting this game.


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:34 am said:

    Thanks for your question. The Scourge Project was an episodic game for the PC — the format and gameplay mechanics were not suited to the console market. When we started working on Outbreak our intention was to create something specially for the console market. We’ve used the core ideas that worked well and build around them from scratch.

    You can expect new gameplay mechanics, new (and a higher number of) characters, deeper story line, new AI, and plenty of new locations and maps, a characterization and XP system reflecting into your character evolution, next-gen graphic quality, 4-players in coop campaign and to 8 players in PvP — everything packed with fast-paced action. There are 7+ hours of campaign and 5 multiplayer maps included with DLC still to follow.


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+ ccrogers15 on August 6th, 2012 at 8:12 am said:

I almost had a heart attack. I though it said: RESIDENT EVIL OUTBREAK. Darn. Hint hint, lots of RE fans want outbreak to come to current gen consoles. please consider it.


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+ X_iBeast_GomL_X on August 6th, 2012 at 8:39 am said:

when’s the release date??? looks like a good co-op 4 player campaign coming to ps3 finally! been looking for 1 for the past 3 months!


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:37 am said:

    We are now polishing the game for final submission which will be soon. Can’t disclose more for now. :)


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+ KazeEternal on August 6th, 2012 at 8:46 am said:

3 Questions:

1) How much time was put into crafting the story for the campaign? It seems like you guys wanted to try something new and put focus on it. I like that, just for the record.
2) Cost?
3) Multiplayer Modes?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:38 am said:

    (1) The story has been worked in several iterations: the hard part was disclosing bits of information building gradually the player understanding, having all the puzzle pieces in place in the end. This required a great number of hours and sometime involved removing and shuffling around flashbacks to allow the player to have a better understanding of events.
    (2) can’t disclose this one sorry :)
    (3) DM, TDM, Capture the Flag


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+ CoreAye on August 6th, 2012 at 9:08 am said:

Looks interesting


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+ DrAcoustic on August 6th, 2012 at 10:10 am said:

The “four-player co-op campaign”.. Is it local or only through the network?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:40 am said:

    You can play 4 co-op through LAN or Internet play.


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+ Milagres_ on August 6th, 2012 at 10:23 am said:

people are asking about split screen co-op, but, although I love playing with a friend on the same couch, I hate the limited vision split screen brings.
So I have a different question: Does this support multi-televisions?If no, why the heck not?
I dream with the day developers will see how this is a great (and a better) alternative for splitscreen.
2 TVs, 2 HDMI cables and a converter so you could have 2 HDMI outputs, and you’re good to go.

Please, the game looks great, so think about this.


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:41 am said:

    Until this solution is offered officially by Sony we can’t support it.


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+ donkeypunch12312 on August 6th, 2012 at 10:24 am said:

Is it looks almost similar to Gears of War. But i hope there will be split screen


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+ donkeypunch12312 on August 6th, 2012 at 10:27 am said:

I really hope its regional because Uncharted 3′s servers are really slow since im playing against people in Pakistan


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:41 am said:

    The game allow cross region matchmaking but the matchmaking algorithm will try to arrange coop or PvP matches optimal for your ping.


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+ KidCommando on August 6th, 2012 at 10:35 am said:

Video or it didn’t happen.


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+ Triptent on August 6th, 2012 at 12:04 pm said:

Will this include a Platinum Trophy?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:42 am said:

    Absolutely! :)


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+ tusunami on August 6th, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

This is a game that i’ll definately watch closely for, more downloadable games such as this would cool.


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+ Draco416 on August 6th, 2012 at 2:27 pm said:

Definitely looks buyworthy. Can we get a date?


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+ JKar275 on August 6th, 2012 at 2:38 pm said:

@10: Bravo!!!!! I had similar questions about this game myself and you have stated them very succinctly.

However, I have my doubts that the developer will answer these questions to our satisfaction – if at all.

Side note: I would have gladly purchased Scourge Outbreak during the recent Steam Summer Sale – but I didn’t want to waste hard-earned money on a game with consistently disastrous reviews.


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:43 am said:

    You can’t buy Scourge Outbreak on Steam because it is not there :)


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+ JQM78 on August 6th, 2012 at 2:41 pm said:

I’m interested in the competitive multiplayer…. will there be perks and leveling up?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:44 am said:

    The game features a leveling up system in four different character’s skill areas – Abilities, Assault, Co-op, and Weapons – for a total of 20 different perks you can obtain. These perks are common to campaign and multiplayer, and you can get XP toward their achievement playing in any game mode. Some of them are easier to level up if you are playing multiplayer PvP than if you are playing campaign, and vice-versa, but they aren’t tied to specific game modes.

    That way we feel players can enjoy the whole experience without being limited to play certain game modes. Some of them will be crucial if you want to survive in player versus player game modes, and some will help you finish the hardest difficulty mode in campaign, so you better get them all!


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+ slyfanatic14 on August 6th, 2012 at 4:42 pm said:

i know this has nothing to do with this game but DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE SLY COOPER TREASURE CONTEST!! I NEED TO KNOW!! WHEN WILL THEY BE ANNOUNCING THE USA WINNERS!!


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+ spideyal on August 6th, 2012 at 5:38 pm said:

Wow, I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. I never heard of it until now. Looks good so far!


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+ Arcadian_Rebel on August 6th, 2012 at 6:42 pm said:

Looks decent. Will be looking forward to a review.


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+ plaztiksyke on August 6th, 2012 at 8:51 pm said:

What’s up with the weird resolution on the screenshots? Does the game render in 720p natively with AA?

Are the music and sound effect assets 24-bit and/or losslessly compressed?

Will there be a Vita version?

Does the game have a platinum trophy?

Are any of the payable characters not white?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:45 am said:

    (1) The game render natively at 720p
    (2) All assets are compressed to save space at download, this with the least loss of quality possible
    (3) No Vita version at this time
    (4) Yes a platinum trophy is there
    (5) Not at this time, but maybe it’s a good idea to keep in mind for a sequel


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+ SnoochyBoochiez on August 6th, 2012 at 8:54 pm said:

Looks DOPE. Nice job. Now when can we get it for how much?


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:46 am said:

    We haven’t finalized the price yet but we plan to price it in a range to suit all pockets.


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+ KYLIOKEN on August 7th, 2012 at 4:14 am said:

online campaign would be so cool


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    + Omar Salleh on August 7th, 2012 at 7:48 am said:

    Thanks your post. Yes, you will be able to play Campaign online in Single Player and 4 players Co-op modes! :)


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+ JKar275 on August 7th, 2012 at 8:24 am said:

@Omar Salleh in reference to post #23:

I mistakenly wrote “I would have gladly purchased Scourge Outbreak during the recent Steam Summer Sale” – but I really meant to say “I would have gladly purchased The Scourge Project: Episodes 1 and 2 during the recent Steam Summer Sale”. Thank you for catching my mistake .

Also, I wish to thank you very much for answering post #10′s questions with great details. Your responses have made me look forward to trying out the free trial. I’m a MAJOR fan of good sci-fi shooters and I’m truly hoping that I’ll enjoy the free trial enough to purchase the full game!!!


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    + Omar Salleh on August 8th, 2012 at 3:55 am said:

    No problem — really hope you enjoy it!

    Sorry I can’t answer the next one yet. :)


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+ JKar275 on August 7th, 2012 at 8:29 am said:

Forgot to ask this question:

Will there be a discount for PS Plus members?


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+ neoniinja247 on August 7th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

I will miss split screen, cause i like to play with someone i can reach over and smack lol. but this game looks interesting, I just might check it out.


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+ bigboyfirebum on August 12th, 2012 at 2:39 am said:

This game reminds me of Killzone!


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