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Square Enix axes Xbox 360 exclusive Gun Loco

Publisher announces cancellation but fails to explain reasons

Xbox 360 exclusive Gun Loco has been cancelled by publisher Square Enix, although the announcement on the game's website provides no explanation for the decision.

Announced at Gamescom 2010, Gun Loco was a third person online shooter intended to be released this year. Categorised as a "sprint-action shooter", the game emphasised its 12-person multiplayer mode and range of unusual playable characters.

The character designs were provided by toy maker Kenny Wong, maker of the Brothersworker action figure line. Although assumed by many, it was never made clear whether any toys would be created to tie-in to the game.

The game also featured voiceovers from Hatsune Miku, implying an attempt by Square Enix to mix Western style gameplay with Japanese presentation and media tie-ins.

According to website Andriasang the announcement of the game's cancellation was made on the official Japanese website.

Yesterday it was revealed that Square Enix is opening a new development studio in Canada, to focus on next generation game development.

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David Jenkins