Posts Tagged ‘Ace Team’

Getting Hype With Abyss Odyssey

By Ben Barrett on April 4th, 2014.

I hadn’t heard of Abyss Odyssey before today. ACE Team‘s previous titles, the Zeno Clash series, hold a place in my heart as some of the most weirdly beautiful games I’ve ever seen. They’ve got similar roots in fighting game brilliance to this, which favours a 2D platforming perspective for something a bit more standard. The main draw is being able to switch form into any one of a number of characters and enemies you find throughout the game. Which brings us to the latest trailer, a combo video of sorts (and there’s nothing quite like a surprise combo) showing off what one of their testers managed to do with their combat engine. Spinning kick your way through to it below.

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Zeno Clash Dev On Abyss Odyssey’s Procedural Insanity

By Nathan Grayson on March 7th, 2014.

You certainly can’t knock Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages developer ACE Team for a lack of ambition. Their previous titles’ massive scope and rampant, otherworldly weirdness demonstrated that in spades. So how do you follow that? Why, by jutting off in an entirely different direction, of course. Abyss Odyssey is a procedurally generated, Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros-inspired roguelike-like (but not quite) um… thing. ACE Team’s first set of words about it didn’t quite do it justice, which is why we’ve given them a couple thousand more to work with. Go below to get a better sense of how Abyss Odyssey will work, which utterly mad art style inspired this one (the grand ACE Team tradition), why they’re not doing Steam Early Access, and whether or not they think procedural generation will hurt their knack for insane world-building. 

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After The Zeno Clash: Abyss Odyssey

By Adam Smith on March 5th, 2014.

With Zeno Clash developers ACE Team at the helm, Abyss Odyssey will no doubt take place in quite an odd world, but it definitely won’t take place in Oddworld, even if the title does look a bit like Abe’s Oddysee. The newly announced game is a side-scroller like Oddworld’s first, but ACE Team are sticking to their principles by concentrating on creatures engaging in fisticuffs. Taking place in a randomised world, Abyss Odyssey is a beat ‘em up in which every enemy has a full moveset and enough artificial gumption to offer a challenge. This is demonstrated by means of a video showing a lady fighting a skeleton.

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Zenomorph: The Art And Evolution Of Zeno Clash

By Duncan Harris on September 9th, 2013.

This is the first in a weekly series of features about the art and art technology of PC games, in association with website Dead End Thrills. More from Zeno Clash II can be found here. Click the images below for biggies.

Punch me in my Salvador Dali and tell me I’m not dreaming. Did just fifteen people really make Zeno Clash II? Of course they did, it’s by ACE Team, the Chilean house of brothers Andrés, Carlos and Edmundo Bordeu. Making a game that actually seemed possible would be too easy for those guys, and maybe even lose the underdog cachet that makes their first-person brawlers so disarming.
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Wot I Think: Zeno Clash 2

By Nathan Grayson on May 1st, 2013.

Zeno Clash 2 is the sequel I always wished would come to fruition, but never dared hope for. I mean, if you look at the Call of Duties or even Grand Theft Autos of the world, there’s no real intrigue amongst all the announcement glitz and glamour. We already know roughly what we’re in for. But the original Zeno Clash opened this swirling, cream-colored Pandora’s Box of possibility, only to slam it shut – nearly taking our fingertips in the process – after a mere few hours. It was so weird and alien and gleefully unafraid to just do its own thing. But in the modern gaming world, that also often translates to “it’ll sell 12 copies and confuse even typically adventurous gamers and live on only in the hearts of its most fervent disciples.” Not usually the stuff sequels are made of. Against all odds, however, Zeno Clash did quite well for itself, and Zeno Clash 2 was born. But is the first-person brawling oddity all it’s thwacked (and biffed and zotted) up to be? Here’s wot I think.

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Ernst And Jung: Zeno Clash 2

By Adam Smith on April 25th, 2013.

Zeno Clash 2 will most likely contain many remarkable sights but the latest video, showing six minutes of the game’s opening section, isn’t particularly potent. There’s mention of larger areas, more freedom of movement and side quests, but it looks more like the beginning of a Let’s Play series than a trailer. Maybe that makes it the polar opposite of a live action trailer, in which case I should be cheering it on. One conversation aside, it still seems to be a game about punching bizarre creatures in the snout/beak/nose/orifice/warface/palette-mouth/eye-trunk/dogbody/cataract/flesh-beard/scrotum-lid/chin-plume. Only five days until release.

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A Bit Chile: Zeno Clash 2 Appears 30th April

By Jim Rossignol on April 2nd, 2013.


Word from Atlus is that Zeno Clash 2 will arrive at the end of the month. The sequel to the world’s craziest fantasy face-punching game will be an open-world sort of thing, which is a fact that makes me quite happy. For more clarification on what it takes to bring me cheer, check out the trailer below, or this interview.
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Yessss: Zeno Clash II’s Trailer Looks Crazier Than Ever

By Nathan Grayson on March 6th, 2013.

that's the biggest one of those things i've ever seen

In Zeno Clash II, there is punching and uppercutting and kicking and kneeing and winged lion people and juggle combos and bird men and claw guns and cities that look like the industrial age as imagined by a sentient piece of chewing gum and a case of severe underbite that probably wasn’t fixed because dentists rarely work with those wooden things people put paint on and piledrivers and arms coming out the ground and aaaaaaijnfdisnfinidnsekfdkffffffffthrp

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Downhill Battle: Rock Of Ages Free All Weekend

By Nathan Grayson on October 27th, 2012.

This is delightful, but can we please, please, please, please, please see more of Zeno Clash 2 now?

I sometimes wonder what life would be like if I was a rock. What would I do if someone stepped on me? How would I wear my moss? Which historical art period would I most enjoy bulldozing if it were tastefully reimagined with a few extra elephants running amok? To its credit, ACE Team’s Rock of Ages does its best to simulate all concerns relevant to aspiring modern/post-modern rocks of all ages. It’s also very, very silly. No, the first (and to my knowledge, only) entry in the slowly-wear-down-artistically-themed-fortresses-with-upgradeable-boulders genre isn’t perfect, but its charms are undeniable. Plus, ACE Team’s still supporting it, and this weekend, you can try out the fruits of their labor for free.

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Hieronymus: ACE Team Explain Zeno Clash II

By Jim Rossignol on June 7th, 2012.

Explore ze weird!
Carlos Bordeu from ACE Team is excited about being able to talk about his new game, Zeno Clash II. And that makes for good reading. We talked to him about open worlds, new technology, and how a game inspired by “the punk fantasy art of John Blanche” is going to play. Read on for elucidation.
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Weirdbiff: Zeno Clash II Arriving In 2013!

By Jim Rossignol on June 4th, 2012.

Nice rice hat - wow, no one will ever get that reference.
There’s going to be a Zeno Clash sequel in 2013! Trailer below, showing Father-Mother and Ghat leaping from a huge building, with Golem watching. Then there are huge landscapes, a giant arm sticking out of the ground, and plenty of weird-looking cities. Ace Team explain that it’s going to be a much bigger deal this time: “The world of Zenozoik comes alive like never before, an open world waiting to be explored, rendered with breathtaking splendor. As Ghat, players can fully and freely explore every natural and architectural wonder his world has to offer.” There’s a website with absolutely no more detail over here, but we can hopefully expect more of the game’s melee combat, and plenty of inspiring strangeness.

Hooray for E3 announcements, eh readers?
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