Vivendi snubs Metal Arms sequel

The French say 'non' to Swingin' Ape.

A planned Metal Arms sequel has been rejected by Vivendi-Universal, despite the critical praise lavished on the Ratchet & Clank-esque original, released to little commercial success during the Christmas maelstrom late last year.

Swingin' Ape�s art director Scott Goffman reportedly said: "Unfortunately it's true, VU Games is not interested in a Metal Arms sequel at this time. We have a ton of ideas for Metal Arms 2, including new character, weapon, and environment designs, so we're hopeful that we'll be able to come back to the Metal Arms universe sometime in the future.

"Meanwhile, we're working on several potential projects; I can't give any details at this time, but they'll definitely have the same level of action and quality that people loved in Metal Arms. Well, the few people that bought it, anyways."

While the all action gadget oriented shooter wasn't perhaps the most original title ever made, it had some great technology behind it, and may well have fared better had Vivendi perhaps realised that releasing new brands at the same time as 300 other games isn't the smartest move. As it is, the developer suffers once again, and we'd be surprised if we ever see this charming little brand ever again.

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