Facepunch Studios, the team that makes Rust and Garry's Mod, is also working on a game called Deuce, which developer Ian James describes as "tennis crossed with Street Fighter." The game looks like one part Virtua Tennis, one part Mario Tennis, and potentially a whole lot of fun.
James writes on the Facepunch blog that Deuce is still in a prototype stage, but there's video of the game in action, showing how fireballs, teleportation balls and other special moves might work in the game. It looks like an EA Sports BIG game developed by an indie.
"I wanted to make something different to other projects Facepunch has in development," James wrote. "I'm more of an arcade game developer so wanted to play to those strengths. I also love games with strong local multiplayer modes. Basically I want to make a game that we can play over lunch instead of FIFA."
Deuce will integrate special tennis court stages with colorful characters — there's concept art for a bandito, luchadore and redneck caricature, complete with a tennis racket made from a shotgun. "The characters won't look like typical tennis players," James said, "so no Wimbledon starch white shorts here.
"Like Street Fighter each character will have a matching location. I'm toying with the idea that elements in the court environment will come in to play during a match."
James says he'll be providing weekly updates on Deuce's progress, which can be found at the Facepunch Studios website.
Last week, Facepunch announced another prototype game currently in development, a space shooter called Riftlight.