The indie house that created Tilt To Live [$2.99 / HD] has been teasing a brand new project for some time. Until this afternoon, we only had this little nugget to go on: it was a multiplayer-focused, turn-based strategy game. Now, we’ve received our first in-game peek of the new IP, which has been dubbed “Outwitters.”

According to One Man Left, the vision of Outwitters is to strip strategy to the bone and package it as something fun and inviting. It even hopes to capture a few casual hearts out there with Outwitter’s tedium-snipping tweaks and simplicity.

In a nutshell, Outwitters is a class-based, defend-the-castle kind of joint. The twist here is that movement is turn-based, so the action isn't simply a rush and defend free-for-all. As of now, there are six different character classes to choose from, each with its own respective duty on the field. And like Rock, Paper, Scissors, I’d imagine each has a weakness to the other. The end goal is to, of course, pummel your opponent’s base.

“The phrase ‘I don’t usually like this type of game, but…’ has already come up in testing, which is definitely what we’re aiming for,” One Man Left said on its blog. “But how do we know if we’re on the right track? We’re recruiting testers that don’t like strategy games AND testers that love them, and we’re listening,” it explained. “And then we’re thinking really hard.”

Outwitters is still in development, and as the blog cautions constantly, the things we mention in this post could change, be tweaked, or be removed. But, still, this sounds like an intriguing game from a superstar indie development house. We’ll be keeping our eyes on it, for sure.

"Our goal is to boil the strategy experience down to what’s most fun about it in our opinion, and to make a strategy game people can enjoy without having to take a class," One Man said in an e-mail. "My personal side-goal, as the artist, was to stop using dots before I forgot how to draw completely."

Outwitters is due out later this year at an unannounced price for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

    First thought upon seeing the title was an Outrun / Twitter combination?!? :O

    • http://morereasonsyoushouldntfuckkids.tumblr.com Chungyen Chang

      yeah, this is a pretty awkward name. they should consider changing it.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely keeping an eye out for this one. Love Tilt to Live (especially the sense of style, something that might more directly carry over than the gameplay) and tend to like the idea of strategy games more than actually playing them, so this sounds pretty well targeted in my direction.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Strictly multiplayer only or is there some AI for us non-social folk?

    • Da Boardgamer

      Yesss please!!!

  • someone

    Tilt to Live is one of the greatest games to ever hit the App Store. I'm deffinitely looking forward to whatever new project the developers have in work. They earned my respect.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dukerit Duke Ritenhouse

    The developer seems to be pretty anti-AI.

    And also not to realize what a huge mistake that is.

  • http://twitter.com/trekkie Tom Boucher

    titlt to live is my go-to game on my iPhone. It's harder to play on the iPad but on the iPhone I've spent countless hours stuck in various places playing that game. If this is close to the fun that it is, this should be great.

  • Jarod

    The lack of a single player campaign kinda killed my interest in it. I love Tilt To Live but this is really not my type of game.

  • http://twitter.com/theredskye Terrence Vitali

    Tilt to Live has remained one of my favorite iPhone games by far. I will be supporting One Man Left as much as I can. Can't wait for a new game by them!

  • Pauly

    Please please please make it asynchronous multiplayer like Words with Friends and Disc Drivn' (two games I wouldn't own otherwise).

  • lolcoptr

    looks fun but i would definatly like offline play aswell as online since i have an ipod touch and would have to be at my house if i wanted to play it. even if offline is just a skirmish mode it would still be a welcome addition to the game

    -lolcoptr

    • Steviebwoy78

      Totally agree. Offline "pass the phone" multiplayer is a definite requirement too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCP4WHWLUQHFIOP66SLEA7E5CA Hampus

    Seriously why oh why won't people make real time strategy games? We have enough turn-based ones already!

    • ultimo

      I think its the other way round?