Amazon Game Studios has announced Breakaway, a competitive multiplayer game developed by Double Helix, the team behind season one of the Xbox One exclusive fighting game Killer Instinct. Breakaway is powered by Amazon Lumberyard and designed with livestreaming in mind. As such, it integrates directly with Twitch–an Amazon-owned streaming service. Breakaway is described as a “mythological sport brawler built for fast action, teamwork, and livestreaming.” In the game, players assemble a team “from an expanding roster of legendary warriors,” which includes “the relentless gladiator Spartacus, the twisted sorceress Morgan Le Fay, and the bloodthirsty warlord Vlad the Impaler.”
“At the start of each round, warriors can summon persistent buildables onto the playing field that dynamically alter the game,” it explains. “Buildables can besiege foes, shield teammates, or create new pathways through the arena. Players fight for dominance across fabled locations such as El Dorado, Atlantis, and Styx. They battle to control the Relic–the center of Breakaway’s action–passing it to teammates, defending it from attackers, and smashing it into an opponent’s base to score.”
According to Amazon, Breakaway also introduces new ways for players/streamers to interact with a number of in-game features. Metastream, for example, allows for “real-time stat overlays” during broadcasts. Broadcaster Match Builder “lets broadcasters invite their followers to join matches,” and Spotlight “tells players when they’re in a match that’s being broadcast, and lets them follow the broadcaster with a single click.”
Finally, Steam+ “gives broadcasters new ways to interact with their viewers through polls, and by allowing viewers to wager loyalty points that are redeemable for in-game rewards.” You can watch the first trailer for Breakaway and 10 minutes of gameplay below.