Kotaku has the story on Amazon Studios’ first exclusive title for the new Fire TV, a sci-fi shooter titled Sev Zero.
Earth is threatened by an alien species, the Ne’ahtu. Early in the 22nd century, the Ne’ahtu infected Earth’s energy grid with a computer virus that disabled the planet’s defenses. Before the Ne’ahtu could strike, computer prodigy Amy Ramanujan neutralized the alien computer virus and saved the planet. Now, the Ne’ahtu are back and Dr. Ramanujan is trying to prevent them from another all-out invasion of Earth. Switching between towers (to launch various missiles and grenades) and face-to-face combat (to attack with machine guns), the player’s mission is to join Dr. Ramanujan and defend Earth from the Ne’ahtu.
In Sev Zero, players can jump between environments-start in tower defense mode to build out towers and assess the surroundings, and then beam down to shooter mode for face-to-face combat against the Ne’ahtu. Players can also bring friends and family into the action with the Sev Zero companion tablet app, Sev Zero: Air Support. With this multi-player, multi-screen experience, players help each other thwart the enemies-one player is in Air Support mode initiating air strikes from their tablet while the other player is in face-to-face combat mode.
Sev Zero is priced at $7, but comes free with with the purchase of Amazon’s $40 gamepad.
Obviously we shouldn’t expect a $7 title to match the likes of big console exclusives like Infamous: Second Son or Titanfall, but it should hopefully give us a good glimpse of Amazon’s game development potential, as this is the first game from a studio that’s been in existence since 2012. I am hopeful Amazon eventually will put out quality stuff that is indeed on par with the games you find on the higher-priced consoles, or it won’t really compete on that level. Here’s the launch trailer for Sev Zero: