One of Microsoft’s (apparently numerous) E3 Xbox LIVE Arcade announcements, which leaked out earlier this month, is now official.

Developer Certain Affinity — who you might know from recent Halo: Reach and CoD: Black Ops DLC — is bringing Crimson Alliance to XBLA, and the title was unveiled this weekend at the Rooster Teeth fan event.

Crimson Alliance is a fantasy action RPG, and aside from the vague flash teaser on its website which proclaims “She is coming…”, and “Join the alliance”, we will have to wait until E3 to find out more. However, Certain Affinity does say:

“It takes everything we’ve learned about high action from working on shooters like Halo and Call of Duty, and everything we love about the fantasy genre, but gets rid of all that tedious backpack rummaging, and boring dialog!

The art images below shown on the site reference a “wrecked city”, an undead “queen”, and your alliance of in-game characters. Its leaked ratings board listing noted online play, so it’s a safe bet there will be co-op.

Crimson Alliance is due out sometime this summer, published by Microsoft.

[Update, May 31st]: Alongside the first proper screen, Certain Affinity slipped a few more nuggets of info out this week. Crimson Alliance indeed feature 4-player LIVE co-op, with a Wizard, Assassin and Mercenary — each with five unique, upgradable abilities — doing “battle against the sinister Cult of the Soul Siren” as they travel across “labyrinthine crypts, ruined cities, deadly traps and hidden treasures, populated by elite mini-bosses and the devious minions they control.”

The Assassin can bend time time, the Wizard’s has control over the elements, and the Mercenary has “sweeping whirlwind strikes”; their respective abilities are upgraded by finding Soul Anchors, and each contributes to the co-op campaign narrative.

Said Certain Affinity’s boss: “One of the reasons I started Certain Affinity was because I wanted to make a game like this – an action RPG with clever AI, fantastic physics and deep emergent gameplay that can be enjoyed with friends in the living room or halfway across the globe,” said Hoberman. “Crimson Alliance is that game, finally!


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