Alex Seropian is best known as one of the co-founders of Bungie, one of the fathers of Halo. Now though, he’s parted ways with the studio, branching out on his own and working with a new company, Industrial Toys. Today, Seropian and his team have revealed their first major project: A hardcore sci-fi first-person shooter… for mobile platforms.
Titled Morning Star, the game is a “complete reimagining” of the science fiction shooter genre, bringing traditional elements (think intense action / deep immersion) to an all new platform, with its own unique controls, community and competitive multiplayer design.
All of that, plus squeezing every last drop of performance out of the latest mobile GPUs, thanks to the Unreal Engine. Expect full-screen distortion, high-def shadows and even HDR lighting – all in a form you can fit in your pocket.
Joe Kreiner, Epic’s head of North American licensing explains:
Industrial Toys shares our philosophy when it comes to bringing the highest quality production values to touch-screen games, and they’re leveraging the very latest Unreal Engine visual features for mobile devices. Morning Star is a day one purchase for me. I can’t wait to play it.
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With Morning Star, we’re looking to change expectations for what kind of experience core gamers get from their mobile devices. We’re breaking new ground on everything from the visuals to the story to the ongoing support we’ll provide in the way of content, events and player involvement. It’s gonna be nuts.
Morning Star itself is set 120 years in our future, aboard research vessel MSRV-Joplin. The spaceship has been kitted out with a bunch of military-grade weapons, and sent to explore a mysterious interstellar signal.
Of course, things don’t go smoothly, and the MSRV-Joplin is transported clear across the cosmos, thrown into an epic war they have no stake in, trying to undo “a bunch of awfulness”.
Brace yourselves: Morning Star is due out in the first half of 2013 for iOS, and there are Android and Windows Phone versions promised sometime after that.