Last week, the official existence of Crimson Alliance, a game from developer Certain Affinity, was outed by Australia's ratings board. We didn't know much about the game then, but we do now—it's definitely not a sequel to Crimson Skies.
According to developer Certain Affinity, a "boutique studio" that has lent its development talent to Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Halo 2, Halo Waypoint, Halo Reach and Left 4 Dead—primarily making multiplayer maps for those games—Crimson Alliance is a "new action RPG" with a "strong emphasis on cooperative multiplay." Certain Affinity is also responsible for pirate-themed real-time strategy game Age of Booty.
"It takes everything we've learned about high action from working on shooters like Halo and Call of Duty, and everything we love about the fantasy genre, and wraps it in furious action," writes the developer on its Facebook page. "Customize and power up your character's unique attacks and abilities and battle your way through an epic campaign driven story. Up to 4 players can party together cooperatively over Xbox Live or on the couch."
The official Crimson Alliance web site shows hints of fantasy warriors and evil looking ghouls, interspersed with an ominous "She is coming..." tagline. The Xbox Live game is slated for a release this summer, but we expect to hear more by next week's E3 2011 showing.