'Fuse', a PS3/Xbox 360 video game from developer Insomniac.
Ted Price, CEO of game developer Insomniac, took a few minutes to sit down and chat with Game Guy Barry White recently about Fuse, his company's next big video game -- including information on the game's newly-revealed multiplayer mode and why the game will not be released on the Wii U.
"It's one of the very few new games coming out within the next year," stated Price.
The game is a four-player co-operative shooter (that Price says can just as well be played solo) that features both a story-driven campaign as well as a new take on multiplayer. This new "co-petitive" multiplayer mode, called "Echelon", combines traditional co-operative and competitive gameplay. It's co-operative in that you play with teammates to achieve a common goal against waves and waves of enemies, but it's competitive in that each player is trying to come away with the most point and in-game cash from these engagements.
"Echelon is just one mode," Price explained. "There's a big story-driven campaign that a lot of players will gravitate to; and it explores a fictional world that we at Insomniac created."
This fictional world is centered around an alien substance known as "Fuse". The substance is used to power the special weapons with which the game's characters come equipped. Making weapons that are a little on the crazy side, according to the Insomniac CEO, is simply in the company's DNA.
"With Fuse, we wanted to take the weapons further and create [ones] that were not only different and unexpected for a shooter, but weapons that really work well in a co-operative setting," he said. "And that's tough because most co-operative games have featured four very similar characters firing machine guns at the same enemies. We didn't want that."
Instead, Insomniac is doing what they can to ensure that each of the game's weapons feel different and give the player reason to use strategies unique to each weapon.
Fuse is expected for release in the Spring of 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A version for the Wii U, it seems, is not in the plans. Price says there is a very good reason for this.
"When the Wii U was announced, we were far along in the development of Fuse on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," he explained. "So, there really wasn't much of an opportunity for us to move onto the Wii U."
The ESRB has not yet issued Fuse an age rating.