So, yes, I’m honestly excited about this game based singularly on the one piece of art featured on the game’s website.
Recoil’s helming the Sony published project specifically for the PlayStation Network. In a press release that hit the net this morning, Rochard (that’s the game in question) is a side-scrolling action platformer that features puzzles and gravity based mechanics. John Rochard, the mustached hero above, is a space miner that can manipulate gravity.
They had us with the mustache.
The PSN is already home to some completely stellar projects from truly unique developers. Rochard is likely the next great title to fill the gap, and that’s based on assumptions formed from one piece of art and the game’s description. What can I say? I’m a sucker for style and originality.
We’ll definitely have more on Rochard as it becomes available.
The press release include some quotes and a pitch perfect description of the game itself. Here’s a big chunk of that jazz…
Developed by Recoil Games, Rochard is a fun and original space adventure game that features a resourceful hero, ominous villains, rugged machinery, big explosions, even bigger stunts and sharp one-liners. The game tests players’ coordination and wits as they use gravity to their advantage, changing it at will to solve environmental puzzles and advance through each level. By using the upgradable G-Lifter, the main tool of the game, players can lift and maneuver heavy objects around the environment, and can eventually swing, jump and propel themselves huge distances throughout each level.
"We have been working on Rochard for some time now and we’re very excited to start showing this clever, funny, unique adventure title to PlayStation Network gamers," said Burt Kane, Creative Director at Recoil Games Ltd. "The hero, John Rochard, is no marine or super soldier, but just a tough, ordinary miner with a mustache, placed in an extraordinary situation. The combination of its humorous style, explorative space antics and the player’s ability to manipulate gravity will really make Rochard stand out."
"As a leading publisher for independent titles on the PlayStation Network, we are extremely pleased with our partnership with Recoil and the upcoming release of Rochard continuing our string of successful platform exclusives," said Louis Figueroa, VP Business Development. "With a unique storyline and style, Rochard will assuredly push the envelope of new and original titles on the PlayStation Network."
Rochard follows the story of the humble astro-miner John Rochard. John and his mining team accidently discover an ancient structure hidden deep in an asteroid, thus proving mankind isn’t alone in the universe. Soon after, his team goes missing without a trace and John finds himself stranded on the asteroid. To make matters worse, space pirates attack the mine, and John quickly realizes there are surprising and dangerous forces at work, determined to use the mysterious discovery for their own sinister means and eliminate John and his friends along the way. Using only his wits, everyday mining tools and a healthy dose of sarcasm, John must fend off the pirates, save his team and solve the mystery behind his discovery.