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To The Death

Ex-Infinity Ward and Respawn devs brings To The Death

Veteran developers Alderman and Gigliotti resurface with blend of side scrolling shoot 'em up and beat 'em up.

  • Text: Bengt Lemne

Todd Alderman, who began his career as a game developer as level designer at 2015 (Medal of Honor: Allied Assault) and stuck with the same basic crew of devs for the next decade at Infinity Ward (Call of Duty - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) and later at Respawn Entertainment working on Titanfall, and Francesco Gigliotti, former lead software engineer at Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, have set up their own shop - Scary Mostro. Together with Section Studios (led by Cecil Kim, best known for his contributions over the last decade towards the God of War series), they are seeking funds via Kickstarter for an interesting side scrolling beat 'em up slash shoot 'em up hybrid called To The Death.

To The Death

Plenty of credentials, but the game isn't perhaps something you'd expect when you hear of their past as this one harkens to more old school roots of gaming while adding a couple of new twists.

"Explore the world of the Crawl alternating between both warriors, conquering and discovering new levels, dynamically zooming in to fight and zooming out to shoot wave after wave of enemies that change each time you play. Attack and defend with precision, having full 360 degree control of where you swing, shoot, and defend. Get a quick fix alone, play co-op for hours with a friend, or battle to the death with some intense new ways to play multiplayer."

Perhaps the most intriguing mode is when two players combine via splitscreen moving from opposite ends towards a common goal in the middle.

To The Death

Anyway, if you're a fan of side scrollers this is certainly one to keep an eye on, and perhaps even help make possible.