Since last week, a mysterious counter has been ticking down on Scribblenauts Developer 5th Cell’s website. There was no context provided other than word that a new release was coming, and it would likely be for consoles — as we reported over a year ago. So what does the developer of a unique, brightly-colored puzzle game come up with to break new ground? The answer, it turns out, is to completely stir things up by producing a post-apocalyptic third-person shooter named Hybrid.

The game is about two factions, the Paladins and Variants, locked in a fight for survival against each other. If you browse around the website, the journal entries reveal that neither faction appears to be human (or at least, fully so).

“Always weird to see actual humans… They look at you, glassy eyed like they don’t know what you’re going to do to ’em. We just passed them by. Our Captain is pretty sure we’ve recruited all the able-bodied survivors in this city. Now it’s just a matter of kicking the Variants out…”

The inclusion of humans in a seemingly irrelevant, background role certainly adds an interesting dynamic to the game. The Paladins seek to protect us poor humans, and the Variants say something about it being the Paladins fault they’re getting in the way. With more set to be revealed, the plot-line may be a deal breaker for this Xbox Live title.

Take a look for yourself and see if you like it:

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Though the trailer only really shows what seems like a half-second of action, it looks like it has potential to be a good arcade game. It’s also going to be the first game 5th Cell will have developed for a console, rather than a handheld, so it’ll be interesting to see how they can fare. With a new demographic things might not be a smooth ride. There’s already a collective of action games on Xbox Live, and they’re going to have to bring their A-game if they want gamers to spend some precious points.

Hybrid is set for release in 2011, exclusively for Xbox Live. We’ll be following it as more news comes out, so stay tuned to Game Rant.

tags: 5th Cell, DS, Hybrid

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