'Amy' Releases Next Week; Faces Pricing Issues

Amy Spikey Zombie Release Price Issue XBLA PSN

A new addition to the always popular survival horror genre is coming to PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade next week. It's called Amy and it tells the story of a two people in the near future, desperately trying to survive after a rogue comet crashes to Earth.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the comet starts spreading a virus that promptly zombifies the world. Players navigate this dreary world through the character Lana, an infected survivor that is attempting to find safety with Amy, an eight-year-old autistic girl with freaky powers, while racing against time before the virus takes hold.

In Amy, players can expect plenty of zombie bashing action using found objects, along with the typical guff you get from the military, who always seems to handle zombie epidemics poorly. In those instances you will need to be doing a lot of sneaking around to avoid detection.

Developer VectorCell is working with designer Paul Cuisset on the game, who previously created the hit Flashback, which still holds the Guinness World Records as the best-selling French game of all time. Oh là là! Evidence we could possibly expect great things from Mr. Cuisset, if you can forget he also worked on Shaq Fu -- just sayin'.

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There have been gripes over the price difference between the PSN and the XBLA versions, with the XBLA version being slightly lower. Publisher Lexis Numérique says the culprit is the exchange rate between Europe and the US and the general nature of Microsoft Points. They are now holding a Facebook poll to determine whether the PSN price should drop from $12.99 to $9.99, to match the price of the XBLA version. If the price is indeed voted to drop, there will be a one week delay in its release. Voting ends January 9th.

Amy will release for XBLA January 11 for 800 MS points ($10) and the PSN version will released January 10 or later, depending on the results of the poll, for $12.99 or $9.99.


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Source: Game Informer and Joystiq


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