The team shooter Square Enix put on indefinite hold

The studio behind the 2010 action role-playing game Nier was working on a team shooter before the studio was dissolved by Square Enix later that year. Our source said Square Enix still owns the IP but it seems unlikely development will resume.

The studio behind the 2010 action role-playing game Nier was working on a team shooter before the studio was dissolved by Square Enix later that year.

A former employee of AQ Interactive told gaming news site Siliconera that Square Enix signed the studio after it completed Nier to develop a new game that was code-named Catacombs.

The game's narrative director was former Game Developer Magazine editor-in-chief, Brandon Sheffield, who tweeted about his involvement with the game earlier today. Sheffield told Polygon that Square Enix put Catacombs on indefinite hiatus more than a year ago.

"It is pretty dead," he told Polygon. "They disbanded the team and everything."

Sheffield said Square Enix still owns the IP but it seems unlikely the project will be revived.

Catacombs was set in the Museum of Natural History in New York and featured four playable characters: Matt – a tech executive in his early 40s, Carlos – a young, aspiring actor, Gina – a college student, and Nguyen – a Vietnamese high school student.

Siliconera reports that the game opens with the playable characters being consumed by a purple haze connected to a museum exhibition. Upon regaining consciousness, the four characters find themselves having to fend off monsters using weapons and magic.

According to the report, Square Enix planned to reveal the game at E3 2011 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 before the game was put on hold.

A Square Enix spokesperson told Polygon that they have not made any announcements on this title and they do not have any information they can share.

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