The Spanish developers behind charming Nintendo DS puzzler Doodle Hex have moved on to something meatier - a cooperative, Unreal Engine 3-based 3rd person shooter called The Scourge Project, coming soon to PC, the PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live.

While The Scourge Project will have its fair share of online multiplayer options, including capture the flag, deathmatch, team deathmatch, and frontiers, Tragnarion's focus for the game is story-drive co-op. The Scourge Project's co-op allows up to four players to step into the role of a key player in the story, with each experiencing the unfolding events from a unique point-of-view.

Set in the near future, the players are members of the elite mercenary group Echo Squad, hired by one corporation to steal technology from the evil Nogari Corporation. Stranded on Nogari Island soon after their insertion and surrounded on all sides, the players must accomplish their goals and work together to survive the experience.

Game director Omar Salleh voices Tragnarion's excitement over the upcoming release.

"We're really excited about the upcoming release of The Scourge Project. The whole team has put a huge amount of love and effort into creating something special and we're all eager to see action gamers the world over having a blast with the gameplay and soaking up the breathtaking visuals and soundscapes. Our unique blend of co-op action plus co-op storytelling, in which each playable character has a distinct perspective on the central plot, brings something new to the table and we're definitely looking forward to expanding on this and much more in the rest of the Scourge Saga."

And yes, it is a saga that Tragnarion is crafting. The first release will be composed of two episodes with four complete levels. Future releases more than likely rest on the success of the first.


The Scourge Project will be released on Steam later this month, with an Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network release slated for March of 2010. For more information, visit the official website.