Worms developer and long-running publisher Team17 has announced that it will publish Planet Alpha, a promising sci-fi platformer set on a gorgeous alien world, lead by a former developer/artist on the Hitman series.
The game is a puzzle-platformer, which at first glance seems to be a cross between Limbo or Playdead's more recent Inside with the colourful alien planets and creatures of the early No Man's Sky trailers that captured the world's imagination.
Planet Alpha creator Adrian Lazar worked at Hitman developer Io Interactive until 2015, although has been working on Planet Alpha in his spare time since around 2013. Since leaving Io he has recruited other developers into a small team to help him on his passion project. He says about the game and Team17's involvement:
"Planet Alpha is the work of passion of a small but very ambitious team. We are building something special and we’re putting everything we have into it. Developing the game for over 4 years has been a roller coaster, so when we looked for a publisher we were very selective. I am thrilled to have found in Team17 a partner who can offer us the resources that we need to bring this game to the players, but more importantly I'm excited to have a partner that truly believes in Planet Alpha as much as we do. I cannot wait to share our creation with the world."
Debbie Bestwick, CEO of Team17 adds:
"At their best video games can take us to different worlds on amazing journeys. The world that Adrian and his team have made is one that I want to spend time in. It’s such a pleasure to welcome Planet Alpha to the Team17 games label."
Planet Alpha will release later this year.