What started as a quick project for a game jam event in 2013 turned into a fully-funded project one year later. Now, the team behind the indie game Superhot plans to release the unique first-person shooter title on February 25.
The announcement trailer for the game showed a character punching, slicing and shooting his or her way through a hallway. However, the game’s unique mechanic is in its “strategic combat.” When you stop moving, time halts as well, which gives you time to map out your strategy for taking down enemies. Once you start moving, time flows again, and you get to see the fruits of your labor.
When the developers launched a crowdfunding page for the game on Kickstarter, they asked for $100,000 to make Superhot a reality. At the end of the one-month campaign they had more money than they asked for, with over $250,000 donated by backers. The additional funds were met with stretch goals that included extra features for the game such as improved animations, a speedrun mode, New Game Plus and the ability to replay your best action sequences.
At the end of February, Superhot will come out on PC, Mac and Linux, with an Xbox release planned in the following weeks. However, the game does have some potential as a VR title. We saw the effect of FPS titles in VR, most notably with Epic Games’ Bullet Train demo, and even though a release date wasn’t announced for any VR platform the game could grab a new audience in the virtual reality category.