By Ishaan . December 8, 2012 . 3:30pm
DeNA, developer of social games and owner of the Mobage mobile games platform, are developing a “high-intensity, console-quality” first-person shooter for mobile devices, the company announced this week.
Titled The Drowning, this game will be a free-to-play title that will be released for iOS devices in early 2013. It’s being developed by Scattered Entertainment, a DeNA studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
In The Drowning, you’ll take on the role of one of the few remaining survivors of a global catastrophe. The game takes place in a world where unexplained oil spills have transformed millions of people into “soulless creatures”. You’ll need to craft and upgrade weapons as you work together with other players to survive. DeNA say the The Drowning will have a “grim, suspenseful storyline”.
“Scattered Entertainment’s vision is to bring the type of deep, high-quality and immersive games normally only experienced on PC and consoles, to the convenient, powerful modern mobile device,” said Ben Cousins, general manager of Scattered Entertainment and head of DeNA’s European studio operations.
“The Drowning combines the play-patterns and touch-screen specific control systems expected of tablet and smartphone games with unmatched console-quality graphics, innovative skill-based gameplay and a rich, expansive fictional world.”
Cousins has a history with the first-person shooter genre. He’s worked on the Battlefield series for Electronic Arts, and hopes that The Drowning will be able to win players of console games over.