We are on the cusp of the big E3 weekend, and you know what that means? Game announcement leaks galore! In the past you’d have to wait until the big conferences were over to find out all the hottest gaming news, but thanks to the internet, most stuff tends to show up long before E3 even begins.
Ninja Theory looks to be the latest victim of a leaky ship, as news about their latest project has dropped online. It’s a bit of a departure from their normal fare, and the reaction online has been somewhat mixed.
According to tweet from a user named Nibel, the latest game from the Microsoft owned studio is called Bleeding Edge. It's a 4 vs 4 online multiplayer game, featuring melee combat and some colorful, wacky looking characters. Judging by the trailer in the tweet, it definitely seems to be going for a kind of edgy Overwatch vibe. One character named Buttercup even kind of looks like an even buffer version of Zarya.
It’s definitely not the kind of game that Ninja Theory has been known for making recently. Most of their games have previously been focused on melee combat, but they also were primarily single player affairs driven by a strong narrative. Games like Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Enslaved: Journey To The West, and even DMC: Devil May Cry all fit into this category.
A lot of people are actually upset that instead of another interesting single player experience like Hellblade, Ninja Theory are trying to go in a different direction. Most users who have replied to Nibel’s tweet seem to feel that this move is something that’s been mandated by Ninja Theory’s new corporate overlord Microsoft.
In reality, Ninja Theory has been trying to get a game like this off the ground for years now. They’ve been working on concepts for a online multiplayer fighting games since about 2013, including a previously cancelled game known as Razor. Heck, one of their very first games, Kung Fu Chaos, was a 4 player fighting game, so this kind of project has been on brand for Ninja Theory long before they were ever a part of the Microsoft family.
Aside from the information gleamed from the leaked trailer in the tweet, we don’t know much more about Bleeding Edge. However, Microsoft’s E3 presentation happens this Sunday, June 9 at 4 PM EST, and we’re likely to hear much more about it there and then. For now, all we can do is pity the poor Microsoft marketing executive, who’s about to get a pretty stern lecture for letting this kind of thing get out.