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James Silva Lifts The Lid On Charlie Murder Mechanics

Matt Gardner
Charlie Murder, James Silva, Ska Studios, The Dishwasher, Z0MB1ES!!1

James Silva Lifts The Lid On Charlie Murder Mechanics

Expect Melting Skin And Many Severed Limbs

Charlie Murder has been in development for a couple of years now, but Ska Studios' next ultra-violent slice of indie action won't be rushed. It will, though, be featuring a number of particularly gruesome and gory mechanics, according to James Silva.

"Charlie Murder did something weird, if not entirely unexpected, in development," Silva said, talking with Joystiq. "Now there's wall-spike impalement, melting skin, dual-wielding severed arms, curb-stomp executions -- it's a huge departure from the original version I planned for XBLIG, and I'm loving how it's turning out. Turns out melting skin off isn't just entertaining, but adds a whole new dimension of gameplay!"

Silva is no stranger to Xbox LIVE, having won $10,000 in Microsoft's Dream Build Play competition with The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, an event that also led him to meet his fiancee - Michelle - who was a tester for he game at PAX in 2009.

"I've said it before: XBLA literally made all of my dreams come true, right down to meeting the woman of my dreams," Silva said.

Silva says there will be another Dishwasher game, and he and his team have plenty of ideas, but not before Charlie Murder has seen the light of day. "But that'll all have to come after Charlie Murder," he said. "And Charlie Murder is coming... when it's done. Probably before the world ends, but no promises."

Ska recently ported XBLIG smash hit I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1 across to Windows Phone 7 in a bundle titled Z0MB1ES!!1 (on teh ph0ne), which includes the original game, a new game mode called Endless Zombies and a shiny new title, Time Viking.

"The game is faithfully ported," Silva said. "The twin-stick controls work as well as you can expect, and the game introduces a brand new charm: phone charm! It's like console charm, but now you can obnoxiously sing along to the song in public places full of strangers. Because remember, creeping people out on a bus isn't just a two way street -- it's open warfare." [Joystiq]

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