Back in 2011, fans of real-time tactical shooters were shown a new way of doing things with the asynchronous gameplay of Mode 7’s Frozen Synapse.
In an effort to bring their twist on the strategy genre to a larger audience, the UK-based company announced earlier today that the recently established digital branch of Double Eleven – D11 Games – is working on a PlayStation 3 and Vita version called Frozen Synapse: Tactics.
“We have put our trust in Double Eleven to translate our original vision for a PlayStation audience; they have impressed us with their commitment to creating a completely new version for Sony’s awesome hardware,” Mode 7 co-founder Paul Taylor said in a press release.
Though the game will use the original version as a backbone, Double Eleven COO Mark South said that Frozen Synapse: Tactics will not “simply [be] a transition of the original onto console,” but rather that it will have “a complete Double Eleven makeover.”
For those unfamiliar with Frozen Synapse, it’s a real-time strategy, tactical shooter set in cyberspace that has players plotting out their team’s movements and attacks at the same time. Special attention to details like where a unit is facing and if they are crouched behind cover can mean life and death. Before committing their moves, players can also plot out what they believe to be their opponent’s moves, testing out possible scenarios before ending their turn.
“Frozen Synapse proved that turn-based strategy doesn’t have to be about people with misguided beards prodding tanks into lonely hexagons,” Taylor said.
According to Shahid Ahmad, Senior Business Development Manager at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Frozen Synapse: Tactics will be Double Eleven’s “first self-published game, after releasing LittleBigPlanet Vita.”
Frozen Synapse: Tactics is tentatively scheduled for a 2013 release.
Having spent a number of hours with the original game myself, I can understand why it sold over 430,000 copies since its release two years ago. With the Vita’s beautiful OLED screen and touchscreen capabilities, this new version just might be worth checking out.