Valve announces Chilean developer ACE Team has licensed the Source engine for
Zeno Clash, an upcoming fantasy-themed action/fighting game due for release next
year. The theoretically musical Flash
Zeno Clash Website
offering preliminary information and some screenshots, and here's the
announcement that has further details:
Santiago, Chile - August 28, 2007
- ACE Team, an independent game development studio based in Santiago, Chile,
today announces it has licensed the Source® engine-the core technology behind
Half-Life® 2-for an action-fantasy game in development for the PC.
Zeno Clash is an action game with a strong focus on melee combat set in a punk
fantasy world. Featuring up close and brutal combat in a first-person
perspective, the game is played in battle scenarios where the adversaries are
always dangerously close and the use of exotic firearms and artifacts is a
commodity. The new close combat mechanics are a deviation from traditional
shooting in the FPS genre that will feel fresh for players.
The first chapter is set in a fantastic & chaotic world where the main character
has been exiled from his clan and hunted down by his own brothers. A desperate
journey past the forbidden desert will bring him to the end of the world.
"Working with Source gives us the features, tools, and flexibility we need in an
engine to bring to life a game world beyond anything seen before," said Andres
Bordeu, game designer with ACE Team. "Source is an incredibly flexible engine
that lets us create environments with rich visuals, expansive and
highly-detailed believable characters that interact with players in
intelligent-and challenging-ways. We look forward to delivering a fantastic
experience to gamers in 2008."
"We're pleased that the ACE Team has chosen the Source engine for their
promising debut game, which will expand the use of Source into new gameplay and
visual styles," said Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve.
"As we continue to evolve the Source toolset, we will continue the tradition of
supplying underlying technology for such innovative projects."
ACE Team is a new studio located in Santiago, Chile comprised of professional
game designers, artists, and programmers who have worked on a number of games
for both PC and Xbox Live Arcade platforms. For more information about ACE Team
and its Source-based game, please visit