Grasshopper Unveils Diesel-Punk Shooter

Grasshopper Unveils Diesel-Punk Shooter

Grasshopper Manufacture is joining forces with Digital Reality to work on a new shoot-em-up game that looks like it's straight out of the Crimson Skies universe.

Side-scrolling shoot-em-up games can be a blast when done right. Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind cult favorites like No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned has revealed that it's working on just such a project with Digital Reality.

Dubbed Sine Mora, the game's trailer is equal parts nonsensical narration (which, let's be honest, is kinda par for the course with Grasshopper) and lovely footage, though it's not clear if the footage is from cutscenes or actual gameplay. That said, based on the aircraft and level designs, the game looks like it's taking a lot of visual cues Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.

This is the first time Grasshopper has worked with Digital Reality. The game is apparently going to feature standard gameplay for the genre, but will also include "time manipulation mechanics." Oh, and it'll also be 3D compatible.

Sine Mora will be released on PCs, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network.

Source: PSXExtreme

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Oh god i loved Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Anything that brings back air combat in a fun way is fine with me, now all we need are some decent space combat games.

What do you mean upcoming? Shadows of the Damned was released like 2 months ago. Anyway:

NEW GRASSHOPPER GAME. EXCELLENT NEWS.

Graphics looked like World of Warcraft. Not impressed. And I didn't get the theme..Was it post-apocalypse? What are we doing? Who are we fighting?
I'll hold my excitement till later.

Doesn't look weird enough for being Grashopper Manufacture :p

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
What do you mean upcoming? Shadows of the Damned was released like 2 months ago. Anyway:

NEW GRASSHOPPER GAME. EXCELLENT NEWS.

Yeah, no idea why I wrote that. Seeing as how I own a copy of the damn game...

My Latin needs work, but doesn't "sine mora" mean something like "without death?"

Regardless, it looks interesting. Might be a title worth watching.

Oh god this looks amazing.

Wow, It looks very good and I really do miss them side scrolling shoot em ups.

I'm surprised no one's mentioned lollipop chainsaw (new grasshopper- suda 51 game with a zombie slaying cheerleader) in the escapist Or did I miss it?

Between this and Lollipop Chainsaw they're really making Suda 51 work.

What the hell is "diesel-punk" besides another "-punk" sub-sub-sub-sub-genre name that nobody cares about?

Despite only being a teaser trailer it was interesting enough for me wanting to see more of it. Maybe the next trailer they will bring out the weird side to it that Grasshopper Manufacture is well known for.

Man, I knew he was eventually going to make a scrolling shooter game eventually. First NMH's, then SotD, and now this. That crazy bastard Suda.

It looks interesting, I am hoping that time manipulation is more than just rewind\slow\stop\etc.

the antithesis:
What the hell is "diesel-punk" besides another "-punk" sub-sub-sub-sub-genre name that nobody cares about?

Futuristic designs using 1920's-1940's technology. That means stuff like extravagant planes, as you can see, a more prevelant use of elektricity, the use of gasoline and diesel (obviously). Basically WW2 on steroids.

All the "punk" genres do make sense, and a lot of them also have a different atmosphere and philsophy besides the different eras of tech, sometimes also mirroring and extrapolating upon the zeitgeist of the time.

For instance, steampunk is set in a wondrous time in which man feels like he can do anything if he sets his will to it. It's a setting of exploration, invention, where modern science really takes flight taking man further and further. Dieselpunk on the other hand is usually a lot darker, it's technological marvels fueled by the need for war and destruction. And you can describe clockpunk, atompunk and cyberpunk the same way.

Cowabungaa:
And you can describe clockpunk, atompunk and cyberpunk the same way.

A fine post, which I mostly agree with, except for one detail: Wouldn't the definition of cyberpunk veer more towards computer-, social- and information sciences? Less spectacle and more commentary, if you will?

Mere words alone cannot describe how great it feels to see a game with some green grass, blue skies and fresh, lively color again. That settles it - it's time to register my new credit card on PSN and hope for the best!

COLOR! Actual color! No washed out brown/grey/green gritty run-down environments with heavy shadow! And some style, woo!

It's sad people think that constant realistic looking titles with the same settings and color schemes are more appealing and consider anything with decent stylization and use of more than 5 earth tones to be WoW kiddy stuff.

AM City Watch:
My Latin needs work, but doesn't "sine mora" mean something like "without death?"

I haven't studied Latin for three years, but I think "without death" would be "sine morte". "Sine Mora" I'd translate with "Without Delay" which, admittedly, sounds less awesome.

Aisaku:
I'm surprised no one's mentioned lollipop chainsaw (new grasshopper- suda 51 game with a zombie slaying cheerleader) in the escapist Or did I miss it?

You missed it. There was an article on it already. :p

Looks more Porca Rosso than Crimson Skies to me, but then I never played High Road to Revenge, just the original Crimson Skies.

hmm current gen "Empire of steel"? could be interesting not much one for side scrolling shooters though.

therandombear:
Doesn't look weird enough for being Grashopper Manufacture :p

Well then wait for them to announce Lolipop Chainsaw (?) to be announced in the states if it is going to be here. As for me,this looks interesting and the first time I've seen time manipulation in a game like this.

Alphakirby:

therandombear:
Doesn't look weird enough for being Grashopper Manufacture :p

Well then wait for them to announce Lolipop Chainsaw (?) to be announced in the states if it is going to be here. As for me,this looks interesting and the first time I've seen time manipulation in a game like this.

I do hope they release the Lolipop Chainsaw game here in Europe...looks like No More Heroes had a baby with Chainsaw Massacre :P

the antithesis:
What the hell is "diesel-punk" besides another "-punk" sub-sub-sub-sub-genre name that nobody cares about?

Sorta like the 400 types of metal that no-one besides fans care about?

Dunno why we need to create a new genre every time something slightly different comes out, what's wrong with just describing what it is? (as someone else described) 1940's tech in the future.

WHOO!!! I loved Crimson Skies. More please! DO WANT.

MatsVS:

Cowabungaa:
And you can describe clockpunk, atompunk and cyberpunk the same way.

A fine post, which I mostly agree with, except for one detail: Wouldn't the definition of cyberpunk veer more towards computer-, social- and information sciences? Less spectacle and more commentary, if you will?

What I meant with that is that every "punk" genre has both a tech side and a distinct 'vibe'. Cyberpunk's vibe is indeed just that, and it's tech lies indeed in computerisation and all that.

Braedan:

the antithesis:
What the hell is "diesel-punk" besides another "-punk" sub-sub-sub-sub-genre name that nobody cares about?

Sorta like the 400 types of metal that no-one besides fans care about?

Dunno why we need to create a new genre every time something slightly different comes out, what's wrong with just describing what it is? (as someone else described) 1940's tech in the future.

it's not made up. the small family of -punk genres are well set and around for a decent long time in fiction,tabletop and p&p-rpg.
Just because diesel is a more obscure to mainstream, like steampunk was until recently and so you may not have heard about it, it doesnt mean it is made up new. There have been dieselpunked (graphic) novels and games since the 1960's

The list is rather limited though, even if it would be possible to "invent" new -punks easily. Just take one kind of technology and ask yourself the good ol "what if " question, what if most of innovation and society was based solely on a sophisticated version of this single tech.

Crimson Skies rip off, eh? I want it.

octafish:
Looks more Porca Rosso than Crimson Skies to me, but then I never played High Road to Revenge, just the original Crimson Skies.

educate yourself.

cthulhumythos:

octafish:
Looks more Porca Rosso than Crimson Skies to me, but then I never played High Road to Revenge, just the original Crimson Skies.

educate yourself.

Looks just like the original, with admittedly better looking cutscenes. But then there is three years between the two. I have heard that the xbox game is less linear but with less customisation than the original, also unlimited ammo for cannons, missile ammo drops, and a special bar for aerobatics?(you can do barrel rolls and immelmans in Crimson Skies if you have the right airframe). Of course I have also heard the biggest differences are in the attitude, Crimson Skies is light, camp and pulpy like a thirties serial, High Road to Revenge is apparently darker and grittier, *sigh*.

Avayu:

AM City Watch:
My Latin needs work, but doesn't "sine mora" mean something like "without death?"

I haven't studied Latin for three years, but I think "without death" would be "sine morte". "Sine Mora" I'd translate with "Without Delay" which, admittedly, sounds less awesome.

you do know, if this game doesnt come out exactly on time, its gonna cause some good jokes

 

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