Gameloft are known for making some of the best mobile games of all time... by plundering the best bits from successful franchises and squeezing them down onto a handset. However, they've just announced a new Android title that will be a timed-exclusive on the Xperia Play - which seems to be as original as it gets. We were wondering when Gameloft were going to make the jump from imitation to innovation, and it seems that Backstab might be heralding the changes.
Backstab will be a free-roaming, openworld experience set in the 18th Century. As the wrongly-accused Henry Blake, players will engage in an epic adventure featuring a counterattack-heavy "dynamic combat" system, duels, horse races and all manner of interesting diversions from the main storyline. Which we assume will be full of twists, turns, betrayals and... well... being stabbed in the back.
In an interesting twist, Backstab will be releasing as a timed exclusive on the Xperia Play at launch,and will be available on Android and iOS marketplaces after a month. It will be interesting to see if the Xperia Play's dual thumsticks will make light work of the controls... and if we'll miss them on more conventional touchscreen smartphones.
More details on price and release schedule to follow.