An anonymous tipster has sent us a batch of sexy-as screenshots (and the above piece of concept art) for an upcoming title based on Alcatraz, the disused prison located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay in the US.
According to our source, the game won't be based on the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz that starred Clint Eastwood, but the earlier 1962 flick Birdman of Alcatraz. Word is, the developer is trying to get Burt Lancaster to voice the game's titular character, but apparently it's having trouble convincing the 95-year old actor to breathe for extended periods of time.Players will have to break out of the famous gaol using nothing but the clothes on their back and a bar of soap. Seeing as soap plays such a huge part in the gameplay, the devs have gone to the trouble of coding a special "soap engine". Our source, who emphasised this as being a "next-gen" feature, says you can throw, eat or even drop the soap, and it will be realistically modelled.
There's no info at the moment on the name of the developer, or even if it has a publisher, but our source says they've two names for the game in mind: Escape from Alcatraz: This Is Not The Shawkshank Redemption and Escape from Alcatraz: Oh God, The Water's So Cold It's Frozen My Man Ham.
Going by the luscious pictures, we're thinking the dev might be GSC Gameworld, or even Crytek. Exclusive screenshots of this amazingly hyper-realistic and terrifying title below. Along with the soap engine, the developers have put a lot of work into its "flaky paint" technology. The normal mapping really shows in the shot above. A mannable turrent. No word on mannable men. Like all recent (and good) titles, the Escape from Alcatraz game will feature driveable vehicles. Check out that awesome decal. It almost looks real! Screw it, these decals are real! This is a shot of the "derelict building" level, where you apparently have a shoot-out with the prison warden. His man brings a gun, while your man brings some soap. According to our source, the final stage involves "fudge packing", and transpires in the above building. We're still trying to confirm this.
This is an April Fools joke, if you hadn't already guessed.