I Am Alive, due out in 2011, download-only

It’s been about two years since we heard anything about I Am Alive, the very interesting survival/action title from Ubisoft. First announced back at E3 2008, we had high hopes for the game, but now we’re not so sure.

I Am Alive

I Am Alive, but barely

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot came out early last year, explaining that the game was being “totally re-engineered” at the publisher’s Shanghai studios, to use the same technology as Splinter Cell: Conviction. At the time, he explained that it would not arrive until “at least” April 2011. Looks like that might be the case.

Ubisoft Toronto managing director, Jade Raymond, has come out and said that I Am Alive will be released in 2011… but before you break out the champagne and the streamers, she explains that the game will be a digital-only release and that the publisher “doesn’t have much faith” in the title.

…this is a bit of a startling revelation from a traditionally AAA-publisher like Ubisoft, but it’s not too unbelievable. I Am Alive was originally due in March 2009, and has been very, very quiet since then.

On the other hand, it would be an awesome piece of reverse psychology – “accidentally” leak (via a French website‘s videocast, no less) information that leads to intrepid gamers becoming more and more interested in a soon-to-be cult classic? Smooth move.

I Am Alive is due out some time this year for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade, we’re not sure yet about the PC.

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