Backbreaker Studio Now Working On 'Icebreaker'

NaturalMotion Games, the developer of the football cult fave Backbreaker, is now working on an ice hockey game apparently titled "Icebreaker," according to a video profile by the BBC.

In the video, you can see the UK studio's animation team at an ice rink in Leeds, doing motion capture of hockey players. In the office, an animator's monitor reveals the word "Icebreaker", done in Backbreaker's logo style.

Reached for comment, Torsten Reil, the NaturalMotion CEO, told Kotaku to pay no attention to the man behind Oz's curtain:

"At this point, we don't have any announcements to make about specific upcoming games," Reil said. "We are working on multiple properties and will reveal our strategy and line-up soon."

Hockey, a full-contact sport like American football, would seem a logical progression for NaturalMotion, whose Euphoria engine showcased unique collisions in real time in Backbreaker. Other games using Euphoria include Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Behind The Scenes At UK Games Developer [BBC]


Comments

    There was actually a patent application filed in the US in Feb this year by NM for a game of the same name. I don't think t is a secret that this will be next. If nothing else, Backbreaker proved that the 'on the fly' annimation could work with 22 unique players. It surely could work with 10.

    I just hope that the release is not plagued with the same issues that BB had, nor the need for a hefty patch. I am hoping they take the learnings from BB and this game so that the next BackBreaker gets it completely right.

    I am looking forward to this one also. Have not played a hockey game for about 6-8 years i think...

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