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Insomniac Was Forced To "Dial Back The Stealth" In Fuse

Insomniac made quite a few changes to the project originally called Overstrike.

Gamers seem split on these changes, but here's a particularly interesting one: In a recent CVG interview with Insomniac bosses Ted Price and Brian Allgeier, we find out that the currently named Fuse was supposed to have been a "four-player stealth game."

This was Allgeier's response to the question, "What's been the biggest shift?"

"The game was originally going to be a four-player stealth game, and Naya was going to be able to cloak herself and cloak other people. But we quickly discovered that there was always going to be a Leeroy Jenkins who runs in the middle of the group, wakes everyone up and ruins it for everyone. So we dialed back the stealth."

Yeah, maybe a four-player stealth game would've been just too difficult; you'd need all four players pretty well committed to one style of gameplay, and if you were playing with three different people, chances are, things would go awry. Still, the idea of a co-op stealth title is absolutely intriguing in my eyes, and I think there might be a market for such an idea. Stealth has proven to be an enduring and popular mechanic; just ask the recently released Dishonored and Assassin's Creed III (and the upcoming Hitman: Absolution). Shooting is just...overdone.

Related Game(s): Fuse

Tags: fuse, insomniac, overstrike, fuse details, fuse info

11/4/2012 9:44:56 PM John Shepard

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Comments (22 posts)

bigrailer19
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:19:16 PM
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Shooting might be over done, but it's one of the best genres to play with other people.

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Victor321
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:26:31 PM

And specifically with Insomniac Game's uh games, it is still extremely fun to shoot things if you decide to play by yourself :) The campaigns in the Resistance and Ratchet and Clank series speak for themselves.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:32:01 PM

Very true!

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xenris
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:33:33 PM
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Man, does anyone else get slightly depressed reading what Fuse was going to be?

First the graphic changes and now the change from a stealthier shooter to what looks like a generic shooter, except for the crazy weapons.

Man I dunno I just really wish overstrike had have happened instead of Fuse, it just looks so bland and boring compared to Overstrike.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:34:56 PM

You're right. The only thing I didnt like about Overstrike was that it was Mulitplatform. Not for any other reason than Insomniac has done awesome things with the PS3 this generation.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:23:26 PM
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Good luck finding 3 other people to buy this game and play it with you in the first place.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:33:45 PM

Yea I'm not sure how this one is going do. Not very big on consumers radar from what I'm gathering, let alone the medias.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 3:23:02 AM

Sad, but true. At least there was some interest after the original trailer. Now it just seems so average that no-one wants to care :(

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Draguss
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:41:37 PM
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Should've figured out a way to punish the inevitable Leeroy instead.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 3:21:50 AM
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This would have been decidedly cool, but the difficulty in bringing it to life can easily be seen, even from the outside. I just don't understand why Insomniac wants to abandon the single players. They've created such incredible SP experiences in the R&C Future arc and Resistance series that it boggles the mind that they just want to drop all of that. It doesn't help that EA appears to have meddled in the development of Fuse, taking away from the unique Insomniac atmosphere. And the team can argue that they have IP rights and full creative control and so on. They can argue that the changes come from focus groups but we can see through that BS. It's clear that EA refuses to publish it if Insomniac don't bend to their demands for homogeneity. I get why the team wants to branch out from Sony, but is it worth selling out the soul of the company? I think now.

Sorry for the rant, but I've been bundling up all the negativity that I feel towards this title and it sought a release.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:22:37 AM

not**

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:35:37 AM

The fact of the matter is people are bad indicators of what they want. Focus groups give you middle of the road mainstream appeal and then your customers turn around and call it generic. The best way to make a beloved series is to have a great vision and stick to it the whole way.

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___________
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 3:54:28 AM
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yeah....... i think this was for the better!
a 4 player co-op game just wont work!
hell look at the ghost recon series, every single time a game has came out its been ridiculed for AI giving players positions away.
so this would basically HAVE to be a MMO, and good luck finding 4 people who want to play stealthily, and even more good luck finding 3 other people decent enough to not constantly get yourself found!
only thing this would of resulted in, is one hell of allot of broken controllers!
and broken friendships......

i gotta say im loving the look of fuse!
it has a in depth well thought out story, exactly what you would expect from insomniac!
it has awesome kick a$$ unique and quirky weapons, exactly what you would expect from insomniac.
and it has the fast paced, yet tactical gameplay you would expect from insomniac.
and to make it that much better you have 4 player co-op, and you can switch between each of the characters on the fly!
what could make it better?
oh, how about character classes?
i was really worried about insomniac going MP, and signing up with the devil, but if fuse is the end result dam we gotta make more deals with lucifer already!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:30:20 AM

Why am I not surprised that you're looking forward to this? You're the local contrarian. (Don't get me wrong, I am cautiously optimistic about it too, but you just seem way too excited ;P) Seriously though, just take a look at the games sh*t out by the EA Partners program: APB, Shadows of the Damned, Amalur, Hellgate: London, The Secret World, Brutal Legend, Crysis and a few others.
Crysis and, to a much lesser extent, Brutal Legend are the only of those worth noting. An argument could be made for Amalur, but the rest were regarded as pretty much mediocre at best. With the games put out by the label actually getting worse as time goes on, it really doesn't bode well for Fuse (or Crysis 3 for that matter).

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___________
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 9:44:39 AM

of course im looking forward to it!
1 its insomniac they ALWAYS put out awesome games!
worst game they ever released was R&C A4O, and thats not exactly naughty bear.......
2 its so unique and interesting, name 1 other game out there that offers everything fuse does!
yea, i thought so!
3 just because allot of EAP games have sucked does not mean this one will as well.

as for crysis 3, if you liked 2 or the original you will like 3.
if not, well, what did you expect?
actually in the closed alpha now, surprised how well it runs!
no slowdown, no LAG, no frame rate dips, no screen tearing, no bugs either.
in fact it runs smoother than allot of released, and patched, 2 month old games!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:36:49 AM

Dude (or woman) it's still a 4 player co-op game.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 2:15:51 PM

I'd hardly consider it unique. I mean, we have no gauge of the story so far, but it's sounding very serious in its military designs and not a whole lot like Insomniac, though the it should be quite good, so long as the team hasn't neglected the SP, as I'm afraid their recent comments have lead me to believe.
Four player co-op isn't so uncommon, though the unique draw of the weapons of Fuse is something and, if they can be used in concert as easily as they seem, it could prove to be a real selling point. I cannot and will not deny that. Having the ability to switch through the characters on the fly is a good choice, too. In spite of that, you said it yourself A4O is the only bad game the team has released and it was also co-op. We'll hope that it doesn't become a trend.
Surprised to hear that Crysis 3 is solid, though I probably shouldn't be.
Smile.

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___________
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 7:48:27 AM

of course its unique, name one other game out there that offers what fuse does!
4 player co-op, switchable characters, unique tree skills for each player and such unique weapons.
probably closest thing would be borderlands, but that does not let you switch characters, nor does it have the weapon and teamwork emphasis fuse does.

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Twistedfloyd
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:36:41 AM
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*cough* Peace Walker. Great co-op stealth.

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Beamboom
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:53:08 AM
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I agree the idea of co-op stealth sounds good. I've played the co-op missions in an earlier COD (modern warfare I think?) with my coop buddy and that was great fun.

Also, we got another co-op stealth game, the Future Soldier still in the wrapping. I look forward to start playing that one.

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Cueil
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 4:51:13 PM
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Stealth Co-op works best with just two people

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Caanimal
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 8:27:25 PM
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When I was reading about the original Overstrike it sounded really, like REALLY cool, but as more and more came out about the game I slowly lost interest until they finally pretty much completely changed how the game was going to be (much like what happened to Alpha Protocal) and killed all interest for me. I was highly disappointed when they said that the game was multiplayer focused(I MUCH perfer single player games) then they go and change it from a stealthy game (LOVE Deus Ex) to just another generic shooter. This game has been OFF my radar ever since they changed it to this stupid name as well...

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