Bad news for those of you anticipating Arkane Studios' and Valve's "crossplay" FPS The Crossing (and for those of you with good memories). After the two-year anniversary of the game's debut passed earlier this year, we renewed our attempts to get some information on the innovative shooter. In case you don't remember, The Crossing promised to merge single-player and multiplayer gaming (hence the "crossplay" moniker). Two years ago, the premise seemed impossibly ambitious; now, after the success of Valve's Left 4 Dead (and, specifically, its Versus mode) we're a lot more confident the approach could work.
So, what happened to the project? "We ran into an unexpected financial challenge some months ago and we had to put The Crossing on hold," Raphael Colantonio, CEO and creative director of Arkane Studios, told us. "Since then, we shifted our efforts to other very good projects." Two of those projects are reportedly underway at Arkane's Austin studio, an FPS RPG and a "casual strategy game" for the iPhone, under the direction of Deus Ex-alum Harvey Smith.
Damnit. Well, I just deleted Deus ex 3 off my tracked list, might as well get rid of this too.
Then again, they did make Dark Messiah, which was not a great game, although I do love and own it.
airfoemoe Posted 5/17/2009 8:06:36 AM
Put on hold for crappy iphone game that most likely nobody will buy? I'm raging pretty hard. I really wanted this game. Also, why doesn't this have a 360 page? --- http://www.schtserv.com/connect.php ^ go here if u wanna play Phantasy Star Online for Gamecube, Dreamcast,and PC (for free)
mxero Posted 5/22/2009 6:27:33 AM
Too bad. I was looking forward to this.
Typheus_Orikoma Posted 5/28/2009 10:12:23 AM
Hey, it'll come out eventually. Maybe Valve will pick up the pieces.
Although if Valve does, then we're going to have to deal with a bit of trolling... :(