US free-to-play studio U4ia making console's first FPS Offensive Combat

Activision veterans pledge Ouya support

Former Activision developers working on the Call of Duty franchise have pledged their support for the upcoming Android console Ouya.

The company’s former head of publishing Dusty Welch said his new studio U4ia, which also includes ex-Activision exec producer Chris Archer, would be developing the hackable platform’s first FPS, Offensive Combat.

“Everyone here at U4iA Games is excited to bring our titles to Ouya,” said Welch.

“Given that consoles are so expensive and face an uncertain future, Ouya stands out as the perfect example of an affordable home-entertainment platform created specifically for core gamers like us. We’ve used our profound wisdom to create a cheeky, free-for-all shooting mash-up called Offensive Combat.

“Moving forward, we can’t wait to bring all-new games in the Offensive Combat universe to the Ouya platform."

Washington-based free-to-play developer U4ia was formed in November last year, and recently raised $5.6 million in funding from undisclosed partners, with $7m garnered in investment in total.

The start-up joins publishing giant Square Enix in backing the hackable console, which has smashed records since taking to crowdfunding site Kickstarter, raising more than $6.7m with three days to go.

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