E3 2011: Amy Still Coming to XBLA

By Rebecca Smith, 7 years ago
Amy is a survival/horror title that is coming to Xbox LIVE Arcade. Players take on the role of Lana who, along with eight-year-old Amy, must run for their lives from the outbreak of a mysterious virus:

The game takes place in December 2034 when the gradual effects of global warming have spread diseases and natural disasters around the world. Amid this bleak scenario, the small town of Silver City in the USA’s Midwest suffers a near cataclysmic incident when it is stuck by an unidentified ‘comet’ from outer space. When lead character Lana regains consciousness, her world has descended into mayhem. Violent outbursts, fury, rage, wreckage and death; the world she knew seems to have become a living hell. As if struck by a mysterious virus, most of the people she once knew have now become part of a wild horde. Despite her wounds, Lana must run as far as possible to escape this nightmare. The viral process has also begun inside her but she refuses to become one of them. The presence of Amy, an enigmatic eight-year-old autistic girl with strange powers, who seems defenseless, will force her to make choices that will change both their lives. Both Lana and Amy will have to trust and help each other to escape various pursuers who take the form of infected humans, grisly creatures, military Special Forces and even other survivors.
To stay alive, players must use co-operative gameplay to solve problems and progress through the story. Amy's smaller size and special abilities can see her complete tasks that are impossible to Lana, but she must be kept close if Lana is to survive the virus that is forming inside her. However, players must choose the best moments for Lana to succumb to the virus; when she does this, she is no longer attacked by the bloodthirsty creatures. Stay exposed for too long though, and Lana won't make it through alive.

The pair are often weaker than their enemies, and must choose to fight, push enemies away, escape by running, or hide until the creatures leave. Players will use fierce melee combat if they choose to fight.

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Amy was due to be released on XBLA after the arrival of the PSN version. However, due to the recent PSN downtime, the game has been delayed until Autumn / Fall 2011, so don't expect to see the game until later still.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.