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Robert Bowling Commits Exclusive to Ouya

Zombie action game Human Element to have prequel on Android console.

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Former Infinity Ward spokesperson Robert Bowling, who left this year to found Robotoki, is already promising a Ouya-only prequel to his next-generation game, Human Element.

One of the chief reasons to be skeptical of the Kickstarter-driven, Android-powered Ouya console is the lack of games. Some developers have committed games to the not-yet-realized platform, but most are expected to wait and see.

It makes some sense for a platform everyone has questions about to gain an exclusive from a game everyone has questions about, too. Bowling has said the proper game is coming in 2015.

In any case, Bowling recorded a video promising an episodic prequel to Human Element that gives players a taste of how the world changed immediately after zombies showed up. The game scheduled for the next set of game consoles actually takes place 35 years after, so it’s a significant leap back in the fiction.

Details on the game itself aren’t yet available, but Bowling said updates will be delivered to Kickstarter backers.

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Posted By tourgen

@baconbringer said:

@drew327: The way I understood it, Human Element comes out in 2015 and an Ouya-exclusive prequel to Human Element will come sooner.

let's call it a presequel.

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Posted By Brodehouse

I find it pretty amusing that the guy who votes for IGF and tries to be the guy on the independent scene is so steadfast against Kickstarters or crowd-funded development. I guess it's not real independent development unless the developers have a 4 year contract with Microsoft.

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Posted By MormonWarrior

@damnable_fiend said:

I saw "Robert Bowling Commits" out of the corner of my eye...

obviously, I'm glad it's not what I thought it was.

Holy crap I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought it said "Robert Bowling Commits Suicide Over Ouya" because I thought I was losing my mind.

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Posted By Skanker

I am assuming this will be as good as any phone tie-in to a console game. The Ouya ain't a very powerful console, after all.

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Posted By ThePhantomStranger

@Brodehouse said:

I find it pretty amusing that the guy who votes for IGF and tries to be the guy on the independent scene is so steadfast against Kickstarters or crowd-funded development. I guess it's not real independent development unless the developers have a 4 year contract with Microsoft.

Beyond this new game console I don't really remember much hate for kickstarter out of Klepek, more so I didn't see anything beyond "skeptical" and "everyone has questions about" in this article. Seems far from steadfast against.

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Posted By bradgrenz

If this turns out to be more than a glorified motion comic I will be utterly shocked.

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Posted By Sarkahn

Is it me or does that dude really look like Montaron?

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Posted By Hailinel

@ThePhantomStranger said:

@Brodehouse said:

I find it pretty amusing that the guy who votes for IGF and tries to be the guy on the independent scene is so steadfast against Kickstarters or crowd-funded development. I guess it's not real independent development unless the developers have a 4 year contract with Microsoft.

Beyond this new game console I don't really remember much hate for kickstarter out of Klepek, more so I didn't see anything beyond "skeptical" and "everyone has questions about" in this article. Seems far from steadfast against.

Really, Patrick is just echoing the sentiments of a lot of people when it comes to OUYA. He's been very supporting of other Kickstarters in the past (Tex Murphy, etc.).

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@Brodehouse said:

I find it pretty amusing that the guy who votes for IGF and tries to be the guy on the independent scene is so steadfast against Kickstarters or crowd-funded development. I guess it's not real independent development unless the developers have a 4 year contract with Microsoft.

The entire response in this community to Ouya more broadly has been kind of depressing. It's cool to be skeptical and ask questions, but judging from the response of half the people in any thread related to Ouya you'd think Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft were given a monopoly on the video game market from God himself, and any new entrant into the scene is not just to be asked questions of, but downright pissed on and wished to fail. It's astounding. Some people around here do nothing but wish for something new, but apparently it has to be done the "right" way from the "right" people. Hint hint, nudge nudge.
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Posted By NMC2008

@MarekkPie said:

@NMC2008 said:

I hope he doesn't roll a gutterball with this decision. -_-

GET OFF THE STAGE!

I want to but I can't.

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Posted By DefAde

ERRR..... This is the same Robert Bowling who effectively said on Twitter that the Ouya had Fail written all over it !!!

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Posted By Cirdain

Ok.......

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Posted By jbrady

is that Ellen Page behind him?

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Posted By LegendaryChopChop

2015???

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Posted By SmilingPig

Sounds like a flash game to me.

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Posted By ManicMyna

where's the Randy Savage pro-wrestling game?

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Posted By Dad_Is_A_Zombie

@DefAde said:

ERRR..... This is the same Robert Bowling who effectively said on Twitter that the Ouya had Fail written all over it !!!

LOL! I was thinking exactly the same thing just before seeing your post.

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Posted By fustacluck

I'm confused. Wasn't Bowling just the community head for IW? If so, why the excitement of a new game from him? And why is it important that he's supporting Ouya?

I expected to hear John Carmack announce something for it, since he's been wanting a "hackable" console for some time, but since he's been quiet I guess that says a lot about Ouya.

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Posted By buft

Aww man, an android based game with decent community management, something to get excited about finally

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Posted By Sanj

Why on earth would any developer want to release their game on a system that has been described as "hacking-friendly".

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Posted By Demoskinos

Dumb.

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Posted By GrandHarrier

@GalacticPunt said:

Ouya exclusives.

Let it sink in, folks. Ouya exclusives.

Pipe dream of a pipe dream at this point.

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Posted By rain_elbows

@LegendaryChopChop said:

2015???

haha, my thoughts exactly..

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Posted By CptBedlam

What's the point for a developer to back this thing at this early stage? I'm really wondering... is this where some of the kickstarter money goes to?

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Posted By Mnemoidian

Still feeling pretty good about my decision to not jump on the Ouya train just yet, that quote from Mojang vs their claims about "Minecraft is coming to Ouya!" says pretty much everything I need to know about it for now.

The fact that there is 5 million dollars pledged to backing for the Ouya gives me pause though.

This is all very strange.

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Posted By BradBrains

@Deusoma said:

@crusader8463 said:

I wish platform exclusives would go away.

And I wish exclusively digital games would go away, but neither of us are going to get what we want.

having a game only a certain set of gamers can play is a lot different then having a game you can easily download rather then going to a store. You don need to hold a box to play a game.

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Posted By FuriousJodo

Hooray! A game I don't care about on a console I don't care about.

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Posted By Hailinel
@fustacluck

I'm confused. Wasn't Bowling just the community head for IW? If so, why the excitement of a new game from him? And why is it important that he's supporting Ouya?

I expected to hear John Carmack announce something for it, since he's been wanting a "hackable" console for some time, but since he's been quiet I guess that says a lot about Ouya.

This is all reason to be skeptical. Bowling is a professional mouthpiece. He knows how PR works, but that has no bearing on ability to design a game, or even run a business.
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Posted By Tidel

@jbrady said:

is that Ellen Page behind him?

Can't be, Ellen Page is a Sony exclusive.

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Posted By Lunar_Aura

@Tidel said:

@jbrady said:

is that Ellen Page behind him?

Can't be, Ellen Page is a Sony exclusive.

Damn, you stole my battleship

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Posted By EvanFavreau

Robert Bowling is starting to sound like the Quentin Tarantino of video games. "Yeah I'm gonna make a Kill Bill 3 with the daughter all grown up oh and also a anime prequel and it's gonna be awesome!" *snorts line of coke*

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Posted By TheHumanDove

Nothing quite like rolling the dice

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Edited By GnomeonFire

My mind finished reading the title before me and read it as: "Robert Bowling Commits Suicide Ouya!"

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Posted By Deusoma
@Darkstalker: True, but you do need to hold a box to own a game. Digital entities are unfortunately ephemeral, someone pulls the plug on the right server and poof, they no longer exist.
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Posted By CL60

Fuckin hell. I've been at work for too long. I initially thought this said "Robert Bowling commits suicide."

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Posted By Anderson

The Ouya sounds like potentially another Phantom console.

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Posted By Hurricrane

Even more evidence that the kickstarter for that atrocity was a fucking sham and just a way to get around investors so the ultra rich get richer with nobody to answer to. If this thing is profitable, it'll be like everything nowadays: Milked bone dry within 3 years and then the top people run with all the cash leaving the workers fucked.

What a lovely planet we live on

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Posted By MiniPato

@GrandHarrier said:

@GalacticPunt said:

Ouya exclusives.

Let it sink in, folks. Ouya exclusives.

Pipe dream of a pipe dream at this point.

Ouyaception?

Inceptya?

Insouption?

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Posted By Twinsun

@CL60 said:

Fuckin hell. I've been at work for too long. I initially thought this said "Robert Bowling commits suicide."

Yeah, me too.

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Posted By selbie

@Twinsun said:

@CL60 said:

Fuckin hell. I've been at work for too long. I initially thought this said "Robert Bowling commits suicide."

Yeah, me too.

You could say he commited....Ouya-kiri

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Posted By Sagalla

Maybe this is how you tell investors you are working when really you are just sitting on a boat somewhere

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Posted By Kayrack

soooo any news on any other games? I would really like to see what goes onto this little andriod machine

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Posted By Icecreamjones

Oh boy a prologue to a game coming out in 3 years is the only game on this console. We're in flavor country now. And by a guy who doesn't design games, no less!

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Posted By newblacknoise

@Sanj said:

Why on earth would any developer want to release their game on a system that has been described as "hacking-friendly".

"Hack" isn't an inherently negative term in the software development community. In the context of the Ouya, I assumed what they meant was that developer's will have a lot of control over the device, and won't be locked down to a small subset of "allowed" features like other consoles.

It was probably a poor choice of words for the Kickstater though, as people mostly think "hack" == "compromised security".

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Posted By JasonR86

Good luck with that.

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Posted By sammo21

A zombie game?! Oh man, this console really is showing its originality!

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Edited By Dixavd

@Sammo21: To be fair though it does seem to have some originality to it setting-wise with it being set decades after a Zombie outbreak; so possibly a point where Zombies become equivalent to wild animals just roaming the environment (Of course they could complete negate that by making it an extremely-linear action game where every-other-room has a wave of zombies in it to the point where there is basically no tonal or mechanical difference to an average Zombie game). The android game, on the other hand, seems to be a much more cliché 'straight after outbreak' setting. In any case, there is quite a lot of interesting things that could be done with this idea of simply taking an outbreak and jumping a long time in the future as it would create the Fallout-like time where people now accept it as a normal way of life but without a lot of that complacency or safety that normal apocalypses get since these Zombies could be eternal and letting one through a defence could easily wipe-out an entire outpost and make the place a no-mans-land. While I am not thrilled by Zombies either (in fact I had already gotton to the point of not buying almost any Zombie game when the second Left 4 Dead came out) but this has quite a lot potential to it (especially depending on how far they go with their survival angle - conversely, I wonder if The Last of US and a string of more survival elements spreading into many genres games in 2013 and possibly 2014 will actually make me sick of the entire notion by the time Human Element comes out?)

Edit-- I read your post as "A zombie game?! Oh man, this really is showing its originality!" rather than "A zombie game?! Oh man, this console really is showing its originality!" so I thought you meant the two games rather than the console. When I look at just the console side of this story (especially picking the zombie-outbreak android prequel game as the only one I focus on) then it doesn't look very original.

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Posted By Brodehouse

Zombie Survival is the new Modern Military Shooter. Which was the new World War 2 Shooter. Which was the new Hell & Demons Shooter. Which was the new Run To The Right And Jump. Which was the new Top Down Space Shooter.

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Posted By TheDudeOfGaming

You almost got me...almost, but not quite.