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Stealth Bastard Coming to PSN with New Name

Curve Studios' neat 2D platformer Stealth Bastard is headed to PSN, but not before it's been rebranded with a new name.

Curve Studios' provocatively-named Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole is an excellent game.

Describing itself as an unholy fusion between Metal Gear Solid and Super Meat Boy, it's a challenging yet rewarding game that demands patience, skill and a steady hand, just as all good stealth games should. It also plays host to a distinctive aesthetic, blending pixel art and real-time shadows, and is genuinely amusing.

Stealth Bastard was originally a free download for Windows PCs, but was later expanded into the $9.99 Stealth Bastard Deluxe, which featured more levels, a level editor and all manner of online leaderboard-type business.

It is, in short, pretty great, and one would have thought it an ideal fit for Sony's new drive towards the promotion and celebration of independently-developed games.

Just one problem: that name. Browse through the PSN store and you won't see any other games with vulgarities in their title -- yes, I know "bastard" has a non-vulgar meaning, too, but that's emphatically not what Curve Studios was aiming for -- and as such, Stealth Bastard wouldn't have fit in in its present state.

Enter the community, who were challenged by Curve Studios to rename the game earlier this year, and came up with the rather more generic-sounding Stealth Inc. The runner-up choice -- A Clone in the Dark -- has also been adopted as the game's subtitle.

Stealth Ba-- sorry, Stealth Inc. will be available on PS3 and Vita on July 23.

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