District 9 Director’s Game is a third-person BR where 150 players fight on an ever-evolving map

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp – the mastermind behind Chappie, Elysium and the great District 9 – has was working on something with developer Gunzilla Games. The project now has a name and a debut trailer: it’s called Off the Grid and bills itself as a “next-gen battle royale with a strong focus on narrative progression”.

The game is in third person and Blomkamp’s role is as ‘visionary boss’ (please) and co-writer alongside Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon, Crysis). The basic setup is that up to 150 players fight on the same map in both PvP and PvE storyline missions: with that map changing in real-time as certain things happen.

“Players have the freedom to control how the story unfolds, with every decision they make directly impacting everyone’s gameplay,” the press says. The proof will be in the pudding with that one. Players can also craft, customize, and trade in-game items.

“With OTG, our ambition is not just to build Battle Royale 2.0 by adding deep player progression,” says Blomkamp, ​​“but to build an evolving world designed to take on a life of its own, changing in unexpected ways each time a player With an innovative approach to Battle Royale’s main session flow and a deep narrative experience, we’ve added purpose to every element of the game, allowing players to revisit the OTG world over and over again, where there’s always something new to find and explore. and for us to expand.”

(Image credit: Gunzilla Games.)

It’s a pretty big talk, but the trailer doesn’t really do much to get anyone excited about it. It’s dark, a military-looking guy walks into a city burning in the distance and shows his wrist sword. It looks like he also has cyberpunk body mods. Off the Grid might very well be great, but at first glance, this is too much of a tease.

It must be said that Gunzilla has some serious backend talent besides Blomkamp, ​​and it may well be able to deliver on some of these bigoted ideas. Its chief technology officer is Timur Davidenko, who led the development of CryEngine and was with Crytek for nearly 20 years before that, while art director Jussi Keteli previously worked on the Gears of War series, Star Citizen and (the excellent) Hunt: Showdown. .

off the grid should be released on PC in 2023.

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