Hydrophobia update overhauls entire game, price drop too

Dev reworks the XBLA title in response to critical and customer feedback

Hydrophobia developer Dark Energy Digital has announced plans to release a completely overhauled version of the downloadable title on Xbox Live tomorrow.


The dev says the title update, dubbed Hydrophobia Pure, "is built from detailed analysis of critical and customer feedback and is a root and branch rework of all the major systems in the game".

The highly anticipated XBLA release launched in September for 1200 MS Points, but received a kicking from certain sections of the press, with our pals at Edge awarding it just 3/10.

The full list of updates to Hydrophobia includes "new button mapping, massively improved controls, combat, cover and camera systems, much clearer damage feedback and objectives, enhanced climbing, better graphics, and much more", according to Dark Energy Digital.

Alongside the title update, the game's price will drop to 800 MS Points from tomorrow.

Joint creative director Pete Jones said: "Thanks to the bespoke procedural technology and data driven architecture of the InfiniteWorlds TM engine, we've been able to cram a huge amount into a tiny patch - to be honest we didn't think it was possible to make as many changes as we have.

"The camera and control changes alone makes it play so differently; it's a whole new experience. We have listened to what the community liked and disliked about the game; we know we didn't get everything right first time around but we have taken this time to refine the experience."

Did you pick up Hydrophobia on release or not - and will you be revisiting it now?

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