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Video game maker releases 'Savage Resurrection'

May 30, 2016
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S2 Games "Savage Resurrection"
"Savage Resurrection" by Kalamazoo-based S2 Games is a multi-player game comprising a blend of real-time strategy and first-person shooter gaming mechanics. Photo via fb.com

A video game maker in the region is re-visiting the game that put it on the map.

Kalamazoo-based S2 Games said last week that it has released “Savage Resurrection,” a re-creation of the studio’s first title, “Savage: The Battle for Newerth,” on Steam’s Early Access platform.

The original game won an Independent Game of the Year honor in 2004.

S2 Games plans to offer a number of updates during the Steam Early Access product cycle — improving performance, visuals and content — prior to its official release later this summer.

"S2 Games has returned to its roots by bringing back an old classic that is loved by so many," said Marc DeForest, CEO, S2 Games. "It is hard to believe it has been 13 years since we first released ‘Savage: The Battle for Newerth,’ and here we are again, bringing it back and better than ever."

“Savage Resurrection”

Created in the Unreal 4 Engine, “Savage Resurrection” is a multi-player game comprising a blend of real-time strategy and first-person shooter gaming mechanics.

Two teams of 12 players each engage in battle, with the match getting more complicated and nuanced as more technology and weapon options become available over the course of the match.

Most players play in the first-person shooter role, while one player on each team plays in the role of a commander. The commander oversees the entire team, mining resources, building structures and creating a battle strategy.

"It has been a really exciting journey to come back to our initial work in the gaming industry," said Jesse Hayes, co-founder and art director, S2 Games. "When we originally released ‘Savage,’ we felt the game might have been before its time. We really pushed the envelope with a multi-player-only experience. Nevertheless, the game was a great success. Today, the market is even better positioned to enjoy what Savage brings to the table."

"Savage Resurrection" is available for $24.99.

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