ACE Team really set themselves a challenge when they picked out that name, but so far they’ve managed to live up to it. The tiny Chilean studio have so far produced a pair of impressively polished and frighteningly creative games; surrealistic punk-fantasy first-person brawler Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages, the world’s first art-history-themed combat bowling simulation. It looks like they’re going back for a second round of pugilistic weirdness next, and have just released a fancy debut trailer for Zeno Clash 2.
As is the trend for trailers released at E3 this year, there’s little to no actual gameplay on show yet, just some scene-setting and plot-hooks. Given the quality of the first game I’m just glad to know that there’s a sequel in production, especially given just how wide open the ending of the first game was. There’s clearly a lot of strange new adventures to be seen in the twisted world of Zenozoik, and it’s fairly safe to assume that Ghat’s new quest to rescue the strange being known as Father-Mother will involve meeting many strange new people and repeatedly punching them in the face.
There’s no official website up for Zeno Clash 2 yet, but the trailer does say that it’s coming to PS3 (via PSN) and 360 (via XBLA), so expect a lot more press on this game in the coming months. Multiplatform releases are fairly big news, after all. Let’s just assume that there’s a PC version in the works too – it’d be strange it there wasn’t, as the game looks to be using the Valve’s venerable Source engine yet again.
Update: ACE Team are shooting for a 2013 release on this one, so it won’t be out for quite some time. PC, PS3 and 360 versions confirmed. The official site for the sequel will eventually appear over at ZenoClash2.com, but at the moment it just forwards to the original games’ site.