Hyper Sentinel, the throwback space shooter from indie developer Huey Games, will be out next month on multiple platforms. While it appears to be just any other pixelated indie game on the surface, it’ll contain a new feature developed by Microsoft: Mixer, a program that allows anyone watching a live stream of a game to join in and play along — even if they don’t own the game.
Imagine watching a Let’s Play stream from your favorite Twitch streamers and being able to join in, playing alongside them. Or if it’s a Twitch streamer you don’t particularly like, you can join in to play against them. Huey is billing Hyper Sentinel as “the first ever Interactive Livestream Arcade game.” Sounds slick!
What will viewers of a Hyper Sentinel game be able to do? According to Huey, “Mixer interactive viewers can launch devastating real-time attacks as a member of the Attackers team, or deliver epic power-ups and weapon upgrades as a member of the Defenders team. Viewers can even take full control of a kamikaze “Mixeroid” enemy using an onscreen joystick to chase down the streamer.”
For more on how Mixer Mode works, check out this behind-the-scenes video, and watch for Hyper Sentinel to fly onto Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, XBox One and Steam May 11. Keep note that Huey’s press release states that Mixer will only be possible on “compatible platforms,” and they haven’t specified which those are yet.