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Rockstar's first next-gen game

Not what you might be expecting.

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Rockstar has announced its first next-generation game - and if you're expecting yet another gritty action-adventure featuring lots of guns, gangsters and dead prostitutes, you're in for a shock.

Turns out Rockstar is in fact developing an Xbox 360 game titled Table Tennis - and it's all about, well, table tennis, as you can see from the screenshots.

"Our goal was to create a game that is perfectly addictive in its focused simplicity, a game that showcases the true possibilities of a next gen experience, not just in looks but in feel and pace," said Rockstar founder Sam Houser.

"We wanted to use the power of the new hardware and the resolution of new televisions to give the game an immediacy, an intensity and a sense of physicality and reality, resulting in a purer, more visceral experience that simply was not possible previously."

And that's not all. "It is a distillation of game design philosophy, focusing on removing the traditional areas of compromise inherent in managing size and scope and concentrating the hardware's entire power on one activity, with the aim of doing that better than it's ever been done before." We think he means it'll be better than Pong.

Table Tennis is currently in development at Rockstar's San Diego studio and is out on May 26th, priced at £29.99.

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