Hybrid (video game)

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Developer(s)5th Cell
Publisher(s)Microsoft Studios
Designer(s)Jeremiah Slaczka
Composer(s)David J Franco
Tracy W. Bush
Platform(s)Xbox 360
ReleaseAugust 8, 2012[1]
Genre(s)Third-person shooter

Hybrid is a downloadable third-person shooter video game released on August 8, 2012 for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade. It was developed by Bellevue, Washington-based 5th Cell. Utilizing the Source game engine from Valve Corporation, this is the first Xbox 360 title from developer 5th Cell.[2]


In 2032, a catastrophic accident has obliterated Australia and sent the world into turmoil. An alien race called the Variants compete with the surviving humans, called the Paladins, to collect a powerful substance known as dark matter.


Players choose between the Variant faction and the Paladin faction when they begin playing. The five included continents (Australia having been obliterated and Antarctica having been excluded) have been broken up into sections in which the two factions compete for dark matter. By playing in a section, a player increases their faction's percentage in that section. When a faction reaches 100% in a section first, that faction will get two pieces of dark matter. If the other faction reaches 100% in that section after that, they will receive 1 piece of dark matter. The two factions race to collect 200 pieces of dark matter before the other.

Hybrid is a third-person shooter game heavily focused on a cover system. Players use a jetpack to move from cover to cover, and can move around a cover when they reach one. A variety of weapons are available, which are tailored to different play styles. By killing multiple enemies in a row, players can unlock drones to help the player out. Different game modes are available, with differing winning conditions and objectives for each. Players level up as they play and can unlock new guns and equipment.


Hybrid was hinted at for many months, prior to its official announcement. The unnamed XBLA title from 5th Cell was talked about for nearly a year before any real information was released—other than that it was going to be "pretty big".[3]

On October 21, 2010, a mysterious 7-day countdown appeared on the official 5th Cell website featuring an ashy ground with footprints and a clearly imprinted logo, causing speculation among the gaming community at the seemingly uncharacteristic theme.[4]

At the close of the countdown, on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 1:00am EST/PDT an exclusive debut teaser trailer was shown on GameTrailers, revealing the somewhat shocking fact that the game would be a third-person shooter.[5] At that time, 5th Cell also launched the official Hybrid website, displaying two dog tags linking to two different hubs of information about the game as relayed by the opposing factions.[6]


Hybrid received mainly positive reviews upon release.

Scorer Score
Metacritic 73/100
GameRankings 74.83%
GameSpot 8/10
Game Informer 6/10


  1. ^ Hryb, Larry (June 19, 2012). "Summer of Arcade dates and prices". Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  2. ^ Sharkey, Mike (October 29, 2010). "5th Cell Announces Hybrid". GameSpy. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Sheffield, Brandon; Alexander, Leigh (October 9, 2009). "Interview: 5th Cell Wants To Grow With 'Pretty Big' XBLA Title". Gamasutra. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  4. ^ Quillen, Dustin (October 21, 2010). "Scribblenauts Developer Teasing Next Game Announcement?". 1UP.com. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "Exclusive Debut Teaser". GameTrailers. October 29, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  6. ^ Zivalich, Nikole (November 2, 2010). "5th Cell Announces Hybrid". G4. Retrieved October 31, 2012.

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