Ubisoft has announced a new game and, surprisingly, it's not yet another entry in its Assassin's Creed series.

Instead, it's a free to play hybrid of tower defence and puzzle games called The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles.

It has you controlling a team of bots searching for an orb of energy across the trap-filled arenas of Dynamo City.

Its 180 stages (across four strategic puzzle modes) are played on tile-based free-floating arenas that you help your squad to navigate.

While moving forward, you also need to defend your own orbs from waves of hostile robots using blockers and attack bots.

So it's a game of push and pull, of attack and defence - I hope you can multi-task.

The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles

When playing it, you'll want to unlock and upgrade new bots as you progress to keep up with the challenges. Team management, then.

Developer Ubisoft Shanghai has soft-launched The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles on the New Zealand App Store already.

It will be released worldwide for iOS and Android on October 16th. And yes, the game will be supported with additional content after that date.

There's more information about The Bot Squad: Puzzle Battles on its website.