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Canabalt dev, Aquaria co-creator collaborating on Grave

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Indie developers Adam "Atomic" Saltsman and Alec Holowka are teaming up for a genre-less game they're tentatively calling Grave, they announced yesterday.

The co-developers aren't ready to reveal much about the game at this stage, but Saltsman said, "Grave doesn't really fit in any existing genre that I know of. If you're fond of stretched metaphors, you might say that it's sort of like FarmVille meets StarCraft, or maybe Super Crate Box meets Desktop Dungeons." For now, the team is referring to Grave as an "arcade game."

Holowka and Saltsman previously worked together on the freeware platformer Paper Moon, which was released in 2008. Saltsman went on to develop the side-scrolling endless runner Canabalt and the puzzle game Hundreds, while Holowka composed the soundtracks for games such as the Ouya-exclusive multiplayer title TowerFall.

Saltsman said he will generally handle art and design on Grave, while Holowka will mostly be taking care of programming and sound, although both are "looking forward to wearing a lot of hats on this project."

The developers have yet to announce platforms or a release window.

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