July 17th, 2012 | By Joe Grogan
Psyonix wowed the audience at PAX East last August when they showcased their iOS space shooter ARC Squadron, but since then we’ve heard almost nothing on the project. Just because nobody’s let the cat out of the bag, though, doesn’t mean there’s no cat in there.
A recently released trailer shows off the title’s combat mechanics and states that the game is “coming soon to the iOS.” ARC Squadron looks decidedly Star Fox-esque, right down to the debris-ridden battlefields and copious barrel rolls.
The trailer doesn’t feature any sort of virtual buttons, possibly suggesting a tilt or gesture based control scheme.
In the video, the game runs as smoothly as a hot knife through butter and isn’t too hard on the eyes, either. This is due, of course, to Psyonix’s use of the Unreal Engine, which has been gaining some serious popularity on the iOS as of late.
In terms of actual gameplay, it seems likely that ARC Squadron is mission-based with a heavy emphasis on its arcade aspect, as noted by the colorfully flashy score multipliers in just about every screenshot.
Technical talk aside, there’s very little information available about ARC Squadron. Even the game’s website doesn’t tell us anything more than that it’s a “space shooter for mobile platforms”. But of course, knowing what we do so far, the mystery only heightens the appeal.
No release date has been given, but the game’s website says that we can expect a finished product to make its way to the App Store sometime in the fall of 2012. Until then, keep an eye here for the latest updates on this camera shy thriller.
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