San Francisco studio working on Rat Race for Sony

Super-Ego reveals PS3’s first episodic game

PlayStation 3 is to get its first episodic game – and will be the first console to boast an original such type of game – thanks to the Super-Ego Games’ upcoming Rat Race.

A sitcom-styled narrative game set in an office, the game charges players with making through a day’s work and is designed to give players the feel of playing an episode of a TV show.

The game is being written and voiced by a cast and crew that have worked on the likes of South Park, Sex and the City, Ugly Betty, and the excellent Flight of the Conchords.

“We believe that next-gen gamers seek new and innovative game titles, and Rat Race is just that,” said Greg Easley, co-founder and president of Super-Ego Games.

“Rat Race represents a completely new take on the adventure genre, combining it with living, breathing characters and TV-quality comedy writing. The game delivers what action gamers want, but it also has funny, engaging dialogue, well-conceived characters and a comedic story that really hooks people.”

The studio has been teasing and hyping Rat Race’s existence for the past few months, saying it’s narrative-driven approach to games will ‘revitalise’ the industry.

In a statement released at the end of July, Bob Welch, CEO and EP at the studio said: “Our goal is to create games with engaging characters and storylines that appeal to mass audiences, while taking advantage of next-gen technology. We know, and our market research has proven, that both casual game players and traditional gamers are looking for something new, accessible and enjoyable.”

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