Judging by the excitement drummed up by the Aralon: Sword and Shadow post from a few days ago, we've got a sizable fan base of people who absolutely love open world RPG's. Developed by Nine Pound Studios, Xenome: Episode 1 takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where players take the role as "The Scientist", emerging from 250 years of cryostasis in the center of the Silica Flats. In total, there are five square miles of in-game terrain to be explored, filled with missions to take, monsters to slay, and experience to earn.

Xenome features a main plot line, as well as plenty of missions and side areas and as you're making your way through the game you'll be able to tweak your character's various abilities and stats while equipping yourself with the over 500 in-game items. Xenome is controlled using a set of virtual joysticks which control your movement as well as the in-game camera with an array of on-screen buttons that handle things like jumping, attacking, and your various special abilities.

The Xenome web site has a countdown timer currently ticking for the game's release, and the developers are planning on releasing all kinds of snippets of lore and other information on the in-game world over the next week as it counts down. We'll take a closer look at the game when it's released, but if you're a fan of open world RPG's and have gotten tired of the fantasy setting that's become somewhat prevalent in the App Store, keep your eyes peeled for Xenome: Episode 1 next week.

  • Brandon

    oooooohhhh... Looks good.

  • Brandon

    oooooohhhh... Looks good.

  • Tyler

    I want a release date of the online version. Though this one looks promising.

  • himanshu

    Looks Good.

    I have a verry noob-like question: For such episode# games, once you have bought episode 1, do subsequent episodes also need to be bought, or do they keep getting updated on the buyer's ipod once the episode 2, 3, etc are released?

    • Der-Kleine

      I'm quite sure you'll have to pay for other episodes. Don't worry, the episode is quite long! ;) (To be exact, I as a beta tester haven't even finished it yet!)

      • himanshu

        Oh, thanks. So every episode is a complete game by itself too?

  • Tyler

    I want a release date of the online version. Though this one looks promising.

  • himanshu

    Looks Good.

    I have a verry noob-like question: For such episode# games, once you have bought episode 1, do subsequent episodes also need to be bought, or do they keep getting updated on the buyer's ipod once the episode 2, 3, etc are released?

    • Der-Kleine

      I'm quite sure you'll have to pay for other episodes. Don't worry, the episode is quite long! ;) (To be exact, I as a beta tester haven't even finished it yet!)

      • himanshu

        Oh, thanks. So every episode is a complete game by itself too?

  • SebiMeyer

    Looks really promising.

    That said: so they replaced all the fantasy cliches with 'end of the world' cliches?

  • SebiMeyer

    Looks really promising.

    That said: so they replaced all the fantasy cliches with 'end of the world' cliches?

  • Rosh

    Hope it runs on 3g.

  • Rosh

    Hope it runs on 3g.

  • dumas1000

    The improvements are vast, I must say. I really hope this sells well. I don't think the appstore has a very good history of premium priced apps from Indie developers selling well. I've bought a ton of high-quality indie games--NYZ, Ravensword, Nacromancer Rising, X Invasion 2--at full premium price. Eventually they all bottomed out at .99, and some even sold for free. Vampire Orgins & Crusade of Destiny are also examples of Indie games that failed to sell well when premium priced.

    I will buy this day one, nevertheless, but I have my doubts. Eventually, this will probably end up selling for .99, which will probably be a shame. I'm not saying it's a good thing, because it's not. I'm just saying, it is what it is, I'm afraid.

  • dumas1000

    The improvements are vast, I must say. I really hope this sells well. I don't think the appstore has a very good history of premium priced apps from Indie developers selling well. I've bought a ton of high-quality indie games--NYZ, Ravensword, Nacromancer Rising, X Invasion 2--at full premium price. Eventually they all bottomed out at .99, and some even sold for free. Vampire Orgins & Crusade of Destiny are also examples of Indie games that failed to sell well when premium priced.

    I will buy this day one, nevertheless, but I have my doubts. Eventually, this will probably end up selling for .99, which will probably be a shame. I'm not saying it's a good thing, because it's not. I'm just saying, it is what it is, I'm afraid.

  • Blades

    Looks promising. Hopefully the trailers Music is absent from the game.

    • Zoet

      I can assure you as a beta tester that the music in the trailer is certainly not in the game!

  • Blades

    Looks promising. Hopefully the trailers Music is absent from the game.

    • Zoet

      I can assure you as a beta tester that the music in the trailer is certainly not in the game!

  • Xytraguptorh

    So will this be more like Borderlands or Fallout 3? I love both of those, but kind of prefer the Diablo style gaming in Borderlands.

  • Xytraguptorh

    So will this be more like Borderlands or Fallout 3? I love both of those, but kind of prefer the Diablo style gaming in Borderlands.

  • Howard

    The screen shot is very appealing with its wastelandly looking gas station and orange-tinted sky however the video is a complete turn-off!

  • Howard

    The screen shot is very appealing with its wastelandly looking gas station and orange-tinted sky however the video is a complete turn-off!

  • Crazy_Possum

    Will this work with 2nd generation iPods Touch?

  • Crazy_Possum

    Will this work with 2nd generation iPods Touch?

  • 0s42010

    Looks like allot of fluff. I mean really it was just a lot of half baked action sequences stitched together. Sorry its going to take a little more than kneecaps to get me excited.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      That's just a teaser video showing some of the action. There's much much to the game than that.

  • 0s42010

    Looks like allot of fluff. I mean really it was just a lot of half baked action sequences stitched together. Sorry its going to take a little more than kneecaps to get me excited.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      That's just a teaser video showing some of the action. There's much much to the game than that.

  • Mediocre

    The iPad keeps paying for itself

    /sarcasm

    • Greg

      What does this mean?

      • Bryan

        I suspect it means that there's still surprisingly little development in iPad games. Very true, so far.

      • Greg

        I don't think that means the iPad isn't paying for itself. No offense, but watching Hulu or Netflix or videos in general is only really viable on the iPad... Not to mention all of the other things like Pages and Keynote etc. Apps aren't everything, and with the news that there are already 3 million iPads out there I'm sure development will come.

    • Jim G

      They're working on iPad development.

      From their FAQ page: http://www.xenomeonline.com/new-recruits/faqs#ipad

  • Mediocre

    The iPad keeps paying for itself

    /sarcasm

    • Greg

      What does this mean?

      • Bryan

        I suspect it means that there's still surprisingly little development in iPad games. Very true, so far.

      • Greg

        I don't think that means the iPad isn't paying for itself. No offense, but watching Hulu or Netflix or videos in general is only really viable on the iPad... Not to mention all of the other things like Pages and Keynote etc. Apps aren't everything, and with the news that there are already 3 million iPads out there I'm sure development will come.

    • Jim G

      They're working on iPad development.

      From their FAQ page: http://www.xenomeonline.com/new-recruits/faqs#ipad

  • Some guy

    What will the approximate cost of ep. 1 be?

  • Some guy

    What will the approximate cost of ep. 1 be?

  • Leon

    sucks that it doesn't work with ipod touch 2nd generation =/

  • Leon

    sucks that it doesn't work with ipod touch 2nd generation =/