Square Enix Goes Gun Loco for Xbox 360

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Square Enix has been forging alliances with Western developers to infuse the company’s stale stable of Japanese RPG titles with some fresh blood, but with Gun Loco the Final Fantasy developer is taking the Western-skewed development approach into its own hands.

An Xbox 360 exclusive scheduled for retail release next year, Gun Loco is described as a “third-person, sprint-action shooter,” featuring a bizarre, gritty art style and character designs based on action figures specifically created and scanned into the game by toy maker Kenny Wong, founder of kennyswork, Co-founder of Brothersfree and co-creator of the Brothersworker collectible action figures. Here are more details from the press release:

At the farthest reaches of the solar system, a collection of the craziest criminals in the universe are incarcerated on a remote prison planet with no walls and forgotten by society. In this long-abandoned world, the only rule is anarchy, as each faction fights in a bloodthirsty race for survival, power and freedom. Through several seven climate zones and numerous stylized maps, players must fight through the ruins of the world’s previous civilizations, taking on each region’s inmates in a frantic and frenetic struggle to survive.

Featuring third-person, sprint-action shooter gameplay, players can assume the roles of unique and memorable characters in a game that redefines the run-and-gun shooter. While pursuing enemies and being chased by their opponents, players must make use of the sprint-action play by running, jumping, ducking and vaulting, using the environments to their advantage. With a powerful arsenal of weapons at their disposal, each character comes complete with their own kill move, coupled with a mocking take-down taunt to ridicule their victims. The frenzied and furious comic style gameplay comes into its own with full 12-player online multiplayer matches across the planet, with a range of game modes and multiplayer arenas.

Sounds a lot like The Club, no? It certainly looks different, though, as you can see in these first screenshots.

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