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Ruffian's Hollowpoint on hold, Paradox partnership dead

But studio's Fragmental launches on Steam Early Access.

The future of Ruffian's Hollowpoint looks troubled as the studio's partnership with publisher Paradox has fallen apart.

Ruffian, developer of Crackdown 2, announced Hollowpoint in 2014 as part of Sony's Gamescom conference. It was billed as a co-op tactical action game that rekindled memories of Shadow Complex.

Cover image for YouTube videoHollowpoint TRAILER | PS4 #4ThePlayers

Hollowpoint was due to be published by Paradox as part of its deal with Sony for all of its games to appear on console first on PS4. But after Paradox put out a story trailer during E3 2015, Hollowpoint went dead. It turns out, Ruffian and Paradox parted ways soon after.

Cover image for YouTube videoHollowpoint - E3 2015 Story Trailer PC & PlayStation®Network

The collapse of the publishing deal was brought to light by website GameWatcher.com. Paradox issued a statement that suggested creative differences were to blame.

Today, Ruffian has issued a statement of its own to Eurogamer, revealing it stopped working with Paradox on Hollowpoint in summer 2015. But it pointed to new projects, including Fragmental, a couch-play multiplayer twin-stick shooter it self-published on Steam as an Early Access title in February 2016. The reception so far has been positive.

Here's the statement:

It seems the focus right now for Ruffian at least is on Fragmental (gameplay video below), which leaves Hollowpoint somewhat dead in the water. Here's hoping it one day sees the light of day.

Cover image for YouTube videoFragmental on Steam Early Access Trailer