A little look at the upcoming Vita interpretation on an indie classic.

In 2011, indie studio Mode 7 launched a tactical turn-based strategy game called Frozen Synapse and as well as amassing some great review scores, it also sold nearly half a million copies. You control a team of soldiers with different weapons and skills, and by utilising waypoints you plot your way around the map towards the objective, taking advantage of cover and anticpating how your opponent may move and after you have completed your turn, it plays out whilst then playing in the opposing teams actions. The PC version featured a lengthy single player campaign,as well as a skirmish mode and online multiplayer. Have a look at the PC launch trailer to give you a better idea.

So you have taken that in? Think it looks awesome? Great, so do I, which is great for Vita (and PS3) owners as we are getting our own version of it later on this year called Frozen Synapse Tactics.

Not a great deal is known about the title yet, it was only announced in early February by Double 11, who most notably worked on Little Big Planet PS Vita, so you know that this is in capable hands. On Frozen Synapse, they said:

We saw it as an excellent title to bring to PSN. Its revolutionary play style works exceptionally well in multiplayer, offering a whole new competitive model that is perfect for the Vita. Users can play multiple games concurrently, making it unlike any other online experience on the platform.

The single-player campaign has a deep and engrossing storyline and works as a great introduction to the skirmish and PvP modes. We believe it’s a great all-round game. Some of our team were playing it on lunch breaks before Mode 7 and ourselves had even began speaking about the potential for working on this project.

We don’t want to give too much away on what we plan to do with it, but ‘Frozen Synapse: Tactics’ is not simply a transition of the original onto console; we will be giving it a complete Double Eleven makeover.

They have also started a series of developer diaries to keep you up to speed, which can be found on their website and it is definitely worth a read, and probably a bookmark too.

We will bring you more information as soon as we have it, but it’s great that another indie smash hit is coming for us to experience. With the way the multiplayer works, I can see it being absolutely perfect on the Vita, and with multiple games being allowed on the bounce could keep you very occupied on your travels. Or on the couch.

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Paul founded The Vita Lounge and is the Executive Editor, but still likes to get involved with the odd piece of news or a review. 35 years young and gaming since 1990, he has a preference for Action/RPG games, Shooters, Racing Games (despite ironically not being able to drive!) and quite partial to a game of FIFA.