First screens of Introversion’s “blueprint” style game Subversion released

Tuesday, 23rd February 2010 19:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Introversion has released a blog update for its “blueprint” style game Subversion, and for the first time, it’s showing the world what the game looks like.

First announced back in 2006, Subversion is a tactical-action game from the makers of Darwinia+ based on 3D blueprints, and is being called the “Spiritual Sequel” to Introversion’s debut game, Uplink.

“Subversion is going to be set in a modern High Tech environment, with you taking “mission control” over a team of skilled operatives in a hostile High Security building,” wrote lead designer Chris Delay. “You will be using Sabotage, Social Engineering and Grifting, custom Electrical and Mechanical devices, Distractions, Hacking, Stealth, Acrobatics, Precision demolitions, Trickery, whatever gets the job done.

“In the best case scenarios your enemies will never know you were even there. When things go wrong, a well prepared escape plan and well timed precision violence will get you out of a tight spot – or maybe not.

“The combination of your guys physically on site using their own special skills and equipment, mixed with you taking control of building systems via computer hacking, opening locked doors, disabling cameras, exploiting weaknesses in security systems, is something of a holy grail of game design for us.

“What you see in these screenshots is far from finished – we’ve lots of plans for the look, but broadly speaking you are going to be looking at 3d blueprints. The visual brief has always been quite simple – what would Uplink look like if it was set in real building rather than inside a computer?

“The people are the biggest challenge, one which we haven’t nailed yet – the Pacmen in these shots are definitely placeholder material”.

Sounds rather cool. Read the full thing through the link there.



  1. SplatteredHouse

    Subversion from Introversion. What will be the name for the inevitable sequel?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hero of Canton


    #2 5 years ago
  3. DJ Deathstar

    Wonder if this will actually get released as Introversion said that their exsistence rests on how well Darwinia+ sells on xbla

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DeSpiritusBellum

    I really wish all companies were like Introversion. People tend to either vehemently hate or hysterically worship what they do, but at least it’s a true anomaly in the template-soup that pretty much rules games today.

    Sadly, it’s a risky business to push the envelope. I hope they get this one out the door. Subversion sounds like a lot of fun, and not that unfamiliar – I remember losing a lot of hours to Covert Action back in the day.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    Looks similar to uplink kinda :|

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    I wonder how Darwinia+ is doing on the 360. I hope it sells. I’m not going to buy it as I’ve got both Darwinia and Multiwinia on the PC, but it definitely deserves to be a success. And I certainly want Introversion to survive long enough to deliver this game, as it looks very, very interesting.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. El_MUERkO

    there was some awesome cityscape images from ‘a future project’ that they released over a year ago using a similar style

    no idea how it’ll link in with this but they look cool :D

    #7 5 years ago

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