Stylish, Spaghetti Western – Secret Ponchos Announced for XBLA

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What do you get when mix up a bag of senior industry professionals from Blizzard, Hasbro, Radical and More – you get Switchblade Monkeys, who are soon to release their debut game on the Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Secret Ponchos, a game that aims to blurs the line between gameplay genres and conventions and creates its own original feel for multiplayer combat that pits players against each other in an intense Wild West battle. Engage in one-on-one duels or all-out gunfights as one of several unique and customizable outlaws – each with his or her own strengths, weapon types, special moves and play styles – in a game that rewards tactical awareness, precision timing and player skill. Add in melee attacks, an original line-of-sight mechanic, cover fire, destructible cover objects and more, and Secret Ponchos is a game with exceptional depth.

When the team at Switchblade Monkeys began development of the game, they left behind the overtly corporate, money-driven world of commercial game development and set out to create something of a passion project between a group of friends. They studied elements from their favorite games, including team shooters, fighting games and isometric action-RPGs, as well as the style and flair of graphic novels and classic spaghetti westerns, to create a game they could call their own.

Scheduled for release on consoles later this year, a pre-alpha preview of Secret Ponchos will be playable in booth 1031 at PAX East in Boston, March 22 to 24.

Check out the trailer below:

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