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Alien Breed Launches PS3 and PS Vita Assault Next Week

Kevin Carthew's Avatar + Posted by Kevin Carthew on Feb 05, 2013 // Creative Manager, Team17

Alien Breed, our new survival horror game, is due for release on PS3 and PS Vita on February 12th via PlayStation Store for $9.99, with a 20% launch discount available for PlayStation Plus members! Last year we celebrated the 21st anniversary of Alien Breed and brought the title to PlayStation Mobile. With the PS3 and PS Vita version we wanted to introduce more cool features, such as the ability for players to team up on either system via cross-platform play.

There is also ad-hoc and online co-op multiplayer for PS Vita, and local and online co-op multiplayer for PS3. We’ve also got Cross-Platform Continuation Play in the mix too, allowing players to carry on their PS3 save game progress on their PS Vita and vice versa.

Alien Breed is fondly remembered by its fans, especially in the UK where the Special Edition stayed in the “All Formats” charts for over a year. We were really proud of the 2009 version of the game, but a remake of the original game turned out to be a much better fit for the platforms it was appearing on.

The gameplay has held up remarkably well, and with a few new features and tweaks to the control scheme we’ve made the game feel a little friendlier without removing any of the challenge.

The first new feature is the most obvious: the game has had a full HD graphical overhaul, with the original graphics being an optional toggle. Two things that made a direct remake a frustrating experience were that the player could find themselves getting lost easily and could also run out of ammunition and door keys. To remedy this we added a toggle-able map screen and a persistent shop, to allow player to replenish supplies whenever necessary.

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This sounds like it’d make the game too easy, but we spent time balancing the levels to retain the challenge and improve the difficulty curve.

Back when the original Alien Breed was released, controllers only featured one set of directional buttons. This remake allows for dual stick control, so the player can walk in one direction and fire in another. This change makes a huge difference to the gameplay, opening up more possibilities for the player to deal with waves of aliens and helping bring the remake up to date.

Succeeding at Alien Breed requires the player to not only kill waves of aliens, but also to manage their resources. Try to spend a little bit of time learning the maps, and be sure to collect everything that you can. When you’re low on keys don’t commit to opening that door until you’ve fully explored the area – there might be another route into the room. Also experiment with the different types of weapons — try to find the one that best suits your style of play, and gives you the strongest attacking option.

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Sometimes I’m asked whether players can expect any more retro revivals from Team17. I was personally a huge fan of Team17 games growing up, and I’d love the opportunity to work on some of those old titles. All I can say at the moment is there may be another princely character due to leap onto PS3 and PS Vita at some point in the future.

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+ BANDICOOTKING on February 5th, 2013 at 7:11 am said:

….. first?

AND LAST.


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+ Gorvi on February 5th, 2013 at 7:18 am said:

Is there any chance of the Alien Breed trilogy that’s been on PSN for a while (Impact, Assault, and Descent) coming to the Vita? Those games were great and I’d love to have them on the Vita.


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+ fngrLCKNgood on February 5th, 2013 at 7:19 am said:

This series has been around for 21 years, and i’ve ever heard of it until now… I’ll be picking it up next week to see how it shakes down.


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+ Nick930930 on February 5th, 2013 at 7:19 am said:

Um….will it infest my ps3/psvita for free? Because that’s the only way this game will find its way into my hands. I didn’t spend all this money on these consoles to play 90′s video games….


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on February 5th, 2013 at 7:35 am said:

I’m glad to see there’s a launch discount for PS+ subscribers. Please continue doing that, Sony!


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+ Gorvi on February 5th, 2013 at 7:38 am said:

@Nick930930 – it’s one thing to not have an appreciation for older games, but you don’t need to be a jerk about it. People put a lot of work into these.


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+ phanboy4 on February 5th, 2013 at 7:38 am said:

Nice. Picked this up on the iPad, but it will be tins better with actual thumbsticks and online play. Count me in.


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+ Nick930930 on February 5th, 2013 at 7:52 am said:

@Gorvi

they’re being advertised on the Playstation website… I’m sure the couple thousands of dollars they get from consumers will help them get over it.. Also, this isn’t an older game… it’s a brand new game that they made. This game looks like it was Greenlit on steam. No thank you.


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+ Gorvi on February 5th, 2013 at 7:58 am said:

@Nick930930 – It’s a redone version of an older game with some added features, and there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s wrong with it looking like a Steam Greenlight game? There are a number of small indie games that are well worth your time and money that find an audience that way. That’s no reason to say it should be free.


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+ lajaro on February 5th, 2013 at 8:06 am said:

A demo would be nice, or some additional videos. These make it look rather easy.


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    + Bethany Aston on February 5th, 2013 at 9:16 am said:

    Get it popped in Classic Mode, that’s got an increased difficulty and the original control method etc :)


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+ Scaramanga1983 on February 5th, 2013 at 8:09 am said:

I was expecting to see the original Alien Breed as the free PSM game of the week.


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+ GranpireV on February 5th, 2013 at 8:31 am said:

You want me to pay 6 dollars more (than the PSM version) for cross-play features? No thanks.


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    + Bethany Aston on February 5th, 2013 at 9:17 am said:

    It’s not just Cross-Play, there are a few more features in there that we really wanted to play with for the console/handheld version as opposed to the mobile one. Such as….

    • It takes advantage of the ability to use Cross-Platform Play so PlayStation 3 owners can team up for some good alien slaying co-op with their Vita friends
    • There’s Cross-Platform Continuation Play in there. You can upload your saves to the cloud and you can then carry on your progress on your Vita, so you can carry on your carnage on the bus/at work etc
    • There’s ad-hoc/local and online co-op multiplayer
    • It has an additional level pack. The PlayStation Mobile version introduced 2 new level packs (Convergence and Valiance) which comprise of 4 levels each, whereas the PlayStation 3/Vita version has both of those packs and an entirely new, exclusive pack (Synergy) which adds on another 4 levels.
    • It has trophies and leaderboards

    Also as the blog entry mentions it’s also a Cross-Buy title and there’s a 20% off discount on launch for PlayStation Plus members. Bargain! :)


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+ SolduNuts on February 5th, 2013 at 9:04 am said:

I really enjoy the Cross Play features for my Vita so I always welcome more games into the family. Does this game support Cross Buy? I have never played this game but love Team 17 for the Worms games so I might give this a go just based on that fact alone. Supporting Cross Buy will probably push me over the edge, but this does look like it would be fun for my Vita.

Sold.


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    + Bethany Aston on February 5th, 2013 at 9:18 am said:

    Hi there, it will indeed be a Cross-Buy title. If you buy the PlayStation 3 version, you’ll get it free on Vita, and vice versa! :)

    Glad to hear you’re a fan of the Worms series and we hope you’ll enjoy your first Alien Breed experience!


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+ Psikorps on February 5th, 2013 at 9:04 am said:

Cross Buy and I might bite.
Just cross play, I gotta pass, as I already got the three new ones…which I might add all had platinums, and got all three for less than $10 total.


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    + Bethany Aston on February 5th, 2013 at 9:19 am said:

    Hi, there is Cross Buy :) Also there are a few more features than just Cross Play alone in there that we really wanted to play with for the console/handheld version as opposed to the mobile one. Such as….

    • It takes advantage of the ability to use Cross-Platform Play so PlayStation 3 owners can team up for some good alien slaying co-op with their Vita friends
    • There’s Cross-Platform Continuation Play in there. You can upload your saves to the cloud and you can then carry on your progress on your Vita, so you can carry on your carnage on the bus/at work etc
    • There’s ad-hoc/local and online co-op multiplayer
    • It has an additional level pack. The PlayStation Mobile version introduced 2 new level packs (Convergence and Valiance) which comprise of 4 levels each, whereas the PlayStation 3/Vita version has both of those packs and an entirely new, exclusive pack (Synergy) which adds on another 4 levels.
    • It has trophies and leaderboards

    :)


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+ Stargazr64 on February 5th, 2013 at 9:34 am said:

I have the ps mobile version and really like it….but basically if I don’t care about the trophies and cross-save and multiplayer, the only difference is the new level pack?


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+ Sembazuru on February 5th, 2013 at 9:36 am said:

If you have any way of getting word back to Team17, let them know that there is at least one fan of theirs from the Amiga days that would like a remake of their AlienBreed3D game on a modern shooter engine but with the same atmosphere of the original. It would be a good compliment to Dead Space in the survival-horror/shooter genre.


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    + Bethany Aston on February 6th, 2013 at 3:24 am said:

    Hi Sembazuru, we’re reading all the comments! We are thrilled to see such support towards our titles, thanks guys :)

    We hope you’ll enjoy Alien Breed.


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+ Psikorps on February 5th, 2013 at 9:38 am said:

@Bethany – Thanks much for the info, I will be getting this for sure. :)


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+ Barborah_FL on February 5th, 2013 at 10:23 am said:

i will take it to my vita, i am sure :)


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+ lisatsunami on February 5th, 2013 at 11:32 am said:

Yay, more Vita games, thanks.


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+ Kaddyshacks on February 5th, 2013 at 11:56 am said:

Loved the PSMobile version. Definitely getting this for the co-op and trophies!


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+ Elvick_ on February 5th, 2013 at 12:02 pm said:

Now I feel a bit burned on buying it for PS Mobile. :/

I’ll see how I feel when the store updates. It’s a great game, just not sure I want to buy it again for some new features that I may not use. Plus, I’m still waiting for a price cut on memory cards… 4GB isn’t enough, but no way am I supporting the pricing they’re at now.


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+ Velloid on February 5th, 2013 at 12:27 pm said:

This is excellent news! I have loved every one of Teams 17 games that I played on the Amiga. Thank You for bringing this to PS3. This will be my first purchase next week! I eagerly await your next title that will “leap” onto PS3 in the future. I’m sure the game will be “SUPER”! Maybe we can also see another “PROJECT” from you guys in the future also :-)


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+ icurafuse on February 5th, 2013 at 12:57 pm said:

If this was coming, I have to wonder why you guys even bothered with the PS Mobile game. I’d like to have this and loved Alien Breed way back to when it was on Amiga, but I can’t justify the price again. For anyone who hasn’t, I whole-heartily recommend this retro blast.


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    + Bethany Aston on February 6th, 2013 at 3:22 am said:

    Hi icurafuse, we did a mobile version for those with compatible phones who may not have a PS3 or a PS Vita. (We also released the game on iOS and soon Android etc.)

    We wanted to add more features for the console/handheld version. Alien Breed will come with 20% off for PlayStation Plus members and it’s also Cross Buy, so if you buy the PS3 version you get the PS Vita version for free, and vice versa.

    We’re glad to hear that you enjoted the game though and would recommend it, thank you :)


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+ kenb6870 on February 5th, 2013 at 1:50 pm said:

I may get this, looks interesting to go back in time!


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+ HorrorGod on February 5th, 2013 at 2:33 pm said:

I never played the “Alien Breed” games… but I did own something better.
A mint arcade cabinet of Sega’s “Alien Syndrome.”
I wish I never sold it :-(

Here is a pic of what it looks like.
http://emuviews.com/reviews/dissertation/App2.h3.jpg

I’ll have to check out “Alien Breed.”


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+ plaztiksyke on February 5th, 2013 at 3:10 pm said:

Is the audio encode quality better on these native versions? The PSM audio was loud, but the dynamic range was pretty bad.

Does the Vita version use rear touch? Does either version use the sixaxis or velocity-sensitive buttons?

Looking forward to more Amiga classics with both HD and original graphics “switching” :)


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+ tusunami on February 5th, 2013 at 3:39 pm said:

This is most super,but there needs to be more original ground breaking games on the PS Vita.Remember your just not trying to reach the North American region.But Japan & other regions where the PS Vita is not relevant at all.


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+ Anunnaki12 on February 5th, 2013 at 6:49 pm said:

I purchased the PlayStation Mobile version when it was released. Is there an upgrade path for the full Vita version?


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+ DRG1202 on February 7th, 2013 at 4:01 pm said:

I picked this is up. If anyone is after a co-op partner then send me a request.


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+ FORMIK on February 11th, 2013 at 9:20 pm said:

Sweet! This looks fun, and even better that it’s on both systems.


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