Many people might know Ready at Dawn as the studio who created gritty games like the God of War series and The Order: 1886. GameStop recently announced that they would be publishing Ready at Dawn’s next AAA title, which they revealed earlier this week. The game is called Deformers, and it is a bright, physics-based multiplayer brawler, where up to eight players can beat the crap out of each other that’s reminiscent of Vigilante 8, Power Stone, or Twisted Metal. Deformers originally started out as a small project, but it eventually grew into a “passion project” that the developers simply could not stop playing.
In Deformers, you choose from a cast of gelatinous creatures who can roll, jump, dash, shoot, and throw your opponents to victory. You win the match by ramming into your opponents at high velocity, throwing them off the edge of the arena, or killing them with your barrage of ammunition. Once you kill your opponent, they leave behind blobs of goo called tribs, which boosts the size of your character and increases their health and ammunition. During certain points in the match, power-ups drop into the field which “grant players special abilities, like an area-of-effect blast or a magnet that will soak up all the tribs on the playfield. One power-up, rampage, makes the player’s Form “Hulk out” and cause immense destruction.”
Ready at Dawn co-founder Ru Weerasuriya explained that Deformers could become quite addicting.
“When we started playing internally and you had that compulsion to play another game. Games have a tendency to die off because once you play it, and let’s say you lost, you don’t want to play again, because you feel like, ‘Even if I play it again, I don’t know what I would want to do, ’cause I have no idea what I could do [to win]. The amazing thing is when … you finished a game and you’re like, ‘Ugh! I wish I didn’t play an offensive game because that guy’s offensive and I could’ve played a more shield-based and throw-based game and I would’ve totally won.’ And you’re just like, ‘Screw it, I’m gonna jump back in.’ When that clicks, and you go, ‘Yeah, here’s what I could do,’ it gives you that compulsion to [play again].” — Ru Weerasuriya
Deformers is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, although a release date has not been announced.