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The Crossing crosses to 360

Dark Messiah dev on console.

Arkane Studios, the brain-box behind Dark Messiah of Might & Magic, has revealed its next project will appear on Xbox 360 as well as PC.

A job advert on the developer's website revealed that The Crossing, an urban FPS set in a Parisian ghetto, will be ported onto the white and green box.

"If you want to work on 'The Crossing', our remarkably innovative 'crossplayer' FPS for PC and Xbox360, and you think you can make a difference, you could have a place at Arkane," it read.

"As an Xbox 360 programmer in Arkane Studios, you will handle porting, maintaining, and optimizing the codebase for the Xbox 360 version of the game, developed on the Valve's Source Engine."

The Crossing's "crossplayer" element is what Arkane hopes will make the game stand out. For the developer, traditional AI is predictable and boring, whilst multiplayer games lack consequence and meaning. This it hopes will be overcome by merging the two game modes, allowing real people to play against the heroes of the game - the "Elites" - as they advance through the story.

If you're picked to play on the NPC side, which would previously be controlled by AI, you'll take the role of many different characters, each time respawning after death into a new pair of shoes.

Play as one of the two "Elites" and you'll receive more muscle and power, but you'll have an up-hill struggle against real-life opponents.

The story is said to be close to the film "The Others", where a ghost-world and parallel human land begin to collide and effect each others planes of existence.

There is no publisher confirmed for the game, with both Microsoft and Ubisoft (publishers of Dark Messiah) remaining tight-lipped on the project.

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