The Outsider exposed in video

Here's a confirmed sighting of The Outsider, the mysterious Xbox 360 and PS3 action game from gaming legend David Braben, the creative mega-brain behind sci-fi classic Elite. And, although it's only a snatched glimpse of movie action, we reckon it gives away a few fact-morsels about The Outsider's unexplained gameplay. Hit the Movies tab above, launch the Video Player and select "The Outsider - trailer 01-11-07"to see the footage.

In light of this fresh footage evidence, we're willing to table a number of bets about the game. First, it'll boast a similar crowd feature to Assassin's Creed and Kane & Lynch; just look at framed main man Jameson sprinting through agroup of scattering tourists, as a (particularly useless) sniper attempts to take him down. Perfect, hectic, human-shield potential there.

Then there's Jameson's location, and his reasons for trekking back to the White House. We expect to see a suitably next-gen version of Hitman's disguise and body-hiding gameplay, with Jameson's insider knowledge (we predict he's a former black-ops agent who uncovered dirty secrets and was framed to keep him quiet) helping in any sneaking tasks.

Finally, the end of the movie sees Jameson shooting a pursuing enforcer in the arm, before aiming at another. This points towards a stress on a non-fatal attitude (he is trying to prove he's not a killer, remember?) in some situations, while promising acrobatic skills and an ability to hold-up enemies, as in Metal Gear Solid.

Go on, watch the video again. See what we mean? Expect fresh details on The Outsider to leak in the coming months, confirming - we're that confident - our enlightened predictions.

January 11, 2007

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.