Back in 2009, indie developer Coffee Stain Studios, based out of Sweden, entered the Intel "Make Something Unreal" designer contest. The original Sanctum
managed to place as a finalist for the "Best FPS-gaming mod" category and also, oddly enough, "Best Educational Mod". At this point, you're most likely still wondering "what is Sanctum 2
?" Have no fear, here's a brief synopsis from Coffee Stain Studios:
Sanctum is a fresh take on the tower defense genre and places the player right into the frenetic fray with tight first-person shooter gameplay mechanics. Gamers take the role of Skye, an elite soldier sent out to protect her home town, Elysion One, from hordes of mysterious alien creatures. To successfully defend your land, you must construct and upgrade a labyrinth of defensive structures and towers. When the havoc starts and the wave of baddies is unleashed, you jump right into the action with your own fully-upgradeable weapons and play a key role in the defense. Sanctum has taken the best features from FPSs and tower defense games to create something totally unique, and Sanctum 2 will only build on and improve that experience.
Personally, it sounds like a Sci-Fi FPS twist on the Tower Defense variations of Dungeon Defenders
and Orcs Must Die!
. This makes it oddly fitting that Coffee Stain Studios has recruited Reverb Publishing to assist them in the marketing of Sanctum 2
. Why is that newsworthy you ask?
Reverb Publishing was the PR firm behind Dungeon Defenders
, and if you recall what our coverage of that game was like, then you know to expect a lot of Sanctum 2
news throughout the year. For the curious, here is a video of the original Sanctum
being run on a PC:
will be coming to the Xbox LIVE Arcade at an undetermined time in the future.