Proof that there are developers that listen. Dark Energy Digital has announced a ‘major’ title update for their Xbox LIVE Arcade title Hydrophobia. The game originally launched in September to a majority of negative reviews. Three months later, in December, a game-fixing patch has been issued.
“Thanks to the bespoke procedural technology and data driven architecture of the InfiniteWorlds engine, we’ve been able to cram a huge amount into a tiny patch – to be honest we didn’t think it was possible to make as many changes as we have,” Joint Creative Director, Pete Jones, said. “The camera and control changes alone makes it play so differently; it’s a whole new experience. We have listened to what the community liked and disliked about the game; we know we didn’t get everything right first time around but we have taken this time to refine the experience.”
Highlights from the update include new button mapping, improved controls, combat, cover and camera systems, clearer damage feedback and objectives, enhanced climbing, better visuals, and more.
The update will go live tomorrow, December 21. At the same time, the game will drop its price to 800 Microsoft Points. A full list of improvements can be seen over at the Hydrophobia website. Screenshots of the update can be seen at the gallery.