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Final Horizon: An Extraterrestrial RTS on PS4 and PS Vita

Simon Credland's Avatar + Posted by Simon Credland on Aug 23, 2013 // Art and Creative Director, Eiconic Games

Final Horizon on PS Vita and PS4

Hi everyone, this is Si at indie developer Eiconic Games in the UK, the same developer behind recent PS Vita title Total Recoil. We’re very pleased to officially announce that our new game Final Horizon is in development for Vita and will also be our first title for the PS4.

This is an RTS game like you’ve never seen before. Imagine if in James Cameron’s Aliens the Aliens attacked in robotic tanks and helicopters. That would be even more awesome, right? That’s what we’re aiming at here. Space Invaders just turned nasty.

It’s great being able to talk about the project at this early stage – it gives us a chance to share some of the process of developing a game, from the earliest designs and our hopes and plans for what we would like to accomplish within the time we have to work on the project.

I’ve been working on some concepts and models of the alien craft.

Final Horizon on PS Vita and PS4

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Final Horizon is the evolution of tower defense. You won’t see Insectors walking slowly in single file from left to right here. Without spoiling the surprise, they will use every tool at their disposal to attack your Colonists. This will be a truly three-dimensional experience.

I loved playing Space Invaders in the arcades, but seriously? Slowly moving side to side? Those guys travelled through space and only attacked like that? Our Insectors are a different breed. Not only will they move in an alien way, but they’ll have their own technology: missiles, pulse beams and… well, we need to save some details for later.

Creatively working with insect-based robots gives me the chance to work on some unique animation. To be honest, wasps and bees don’t bother me, but if I see a spider scuttling along the floor it gives me the creeps! That’s what we’re planning to do on Final Horizon. We want the Venom Wasps to buzz and dart, we want to see the Spider Tanks run, pause, run again. And having an insect based ‘rig,’ we can do much more with these craft — we want to see the Insectors get wounded, lose a leg or a wing, but still limp on.

I’ve been working on some animation tests for multi-legged robots and they are looking pretty cool… somewhat creepy. And yes, spiders are not technically insects, but we’ll let that one go.

Check back for more details as they are released, and watch the stars for Final Horizon on PS4 and PS Vita.

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18 Comments

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+ DrApollo on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:16 am said:

Looks very cool!


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+ ImPaCTxX- on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:24 am said:

What is an RTS? It does look interesting tho


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+ tusunami on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

The concept seems interesting, more info will be needed to see what this will manifest into.


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+ CrusaderForever on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:26 am said:

@2
Real Time Strategy


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+ ImPaCTxX- on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:29 am said:

Nevermind I see “tower defense” which has caught my eye. My Pixel junk Monster Ultimate HD would be great if people were online :(. But I still enjoy it offline. If this has online this will be a day 1 buy for me!


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+ CrusaderForever on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:30 am said:

More RTS games on the Vita is a good thing. I am interested and will look for more information on this game.

Thanks!


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+ White_JackaL on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:36 am said:

Nice I love RTS games and tower defence games, would like to see this on ps3 too though liking that its going to be on Vita though.


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+ Dark_Yoda_313 on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 am said:

I see the words ‘tower defense’.

I am in.


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+ DjLess on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 am said:

I love RTS games, bring it on!


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+ xClayMeow on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:52 am said:

With your mentioning of Tower Defense, I’m guessing this isn’t going to be a true RTS in the vein of Starcraft or CoH, right? That’s a good thing though because true RTSs never turn out very well for consoles – even utilizing the touchscreen of the Vita, it just won’t keep up with KB&M.

I’m looking forward to hearing more about the gameplay and how micromanagement will work..


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+ Makuta1213 on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:55 am said:

Looks interesting, I will be keeping an eye on this.


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+ barker09 on August 23rd, 2013 at 9:58 am said:

The vita is perfect for RTS games.


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+ lisatsunami on August 23rd, 2013 at 10:58 am said:

Yay, thanks for adding to the flood of new Vita announcements this week!


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+ Elvick_ on August 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am said:

Sweet. PS Vita needs more Tower Defense/RTS games.


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+ Joao_Vicente on August 23rd, 2013 at 12:49 pm said:

RTS its not like tower defense, its more like Age of Empires or World of Warcraft III and II, right?


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+ dodgedoors on August 23rd, 2013 at 1:37 pm said:

I’m with lisa on this, all this vita love is amazing. Indie and ports alike, with this and the price drop announcement maybe sales will skyrocket between now and xmas and Vita will get some more AAA IPs and then boom finally they’ll foot the bill for Bioshock Vita


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+ drd7of14 on August 23rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm said:

@2 @15 :( My childhood forgotten…


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+ Regor91 on August 24th, 2013 at 1:28 pm said:

Can’t wait to see it in action. He’s talking like it’s gonna shake things up in the RTS world, and that’s a good thing. And it’s on Vita? Score.


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