SOCOM Successor H-Hour: World’s Elite Unveiled
Sony is taking the last of its SOCOM servers offline this month, effectively plunging a knife into the heart of the third-person tactical shooter genre.
A bit melodramatic? Sorry, like many of you I have fond memories of intense, team-based battles in SOCOM II on the PlayStation 2. Alas, RIP SOCOM… and long live H-Hour: World’s Elite!
David Sears, creative director on SOCOM I and II, hopes to keep third-person tactical shooters alive with his new project, H-Hour. Sears got the project started with a Kickstarter campaign that raised $252,000. That money is being put toward an H-Hour demo that Sears and his new SOF Studios will use to pitch the project to publishers or seek alternative funding. The demo is coming along nicely, and SOF offered a peek at the pre-alpha gameplay today with this video:
Sears says the goal now is to polish and fine tune the demo build, pitch it to publishers later this year, and, if all goes according to plan, ship H-Hour: World’s Elite for PC and PlayStation 4 in January 2015.
Good luck to the folks at SOF Studios!