Bleszinski, who was a longtime employee of Epic Games and is best known for directing the Gears of War games and for his heavy involvement with the popular Unreal Tournament series, had been teasing a new first person shooter project for some time, but never offered too many details about it.
Now, “CliffyB” has finally revealed what he spent his past couple of years working on, and it sounds interesting: a 5v5 arena first person shooter which based very much on defying the laws of gravity. The game is slated for a 2016 release, and the minute and half reveal trailer also shows some playable character classes, indicating that the game should be somewhat in the vein of upcoming battle arena shooters such as Overwatch or Battleborn.
However, old-school UT fans shouldn’t fret: the trailer also shows what appears to be gameplay footage, and if not being able of discerning clearly what’s happening on screen is the indicator you’re searching for, you’ll probably be satisfied. Not because the graphics are murky or anything – the game looks great for a multiplayer game, at least from the trailer.
It’s more about the amount of crazy stuff happening – you see other players flying, trying to grapple onto one another, using building to propel themselves over long distances, battling while double jumping and all sorts of bonkers action. It’s fast, frantic and will probably reward reflexes more than tactical planning – in fewer words, it’s a Cliff Bleszinski game.
That’s not to say that it’s a bad idea; first person shooters became a popular phenomenon especially due to the emergence of Unreal Tournament or Quake in internet café’s or around local area networks in the late 90’s, so a return to the roots powered by all the capabilities of a modern day game engine sounds enticing enough. Heck, even Call of Duty and Battlefield are trying to shuffle their stale modern military shooter frameworks nowadays – so the glory days of fast paced gravity defying gameplay might finally be set for a return.
As for the setting of the game, it’s somewhere in the future, after some kind of cataclysm (the destruction of the moon apparently) wrecked massive parts of the world; however, instead of going for the now already terribly overused apocalyptic trope, it’s set in a rebuilt dystopian society where the major confrontation is between crime and order.
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