Developer Insomniac Games announced this past week that its forthcoming four player action shooter Overstrike is getting a name change – but thats not all.
From the press release:
Fuse is a 4-person co-op, story-driven, action game where even solo players can experience the unique attributes of each agent by using the game’s LEAP feature to switch between the four characters at will during combat. Each agent is equipped with unique skills and weapons not only integral for survival, but that also allows for unexpected and extraordinary results. Experimental Fuse weapons are powered by a volatile alien substance that gives players unique capabilities that expand their strategic options in and out of combat. Through lethal teamwork, players can complete objectives and kills to earn Fuse points for powerful upgrades. Players can also play online or offline and level up along unique character paths, allowing players to unlock more powerful Fuse-driven abilities as the game progresses. In addition, the game’s progression system is unified between different play modes, allowing players to continue improving their agents regardless of how they play.
I really, really like that you can switch on the fly between all four team members. It’s almost like having a ‘lite’ RTS element in there since you can jump over to control whatever merc has the right skillset to tackle a certain task. Really cool.
Fans of Insomniac’s penchant for bizarro weapons shouldn’t worry either, because along with the ultra-violence, there’s gonna be guns. Lots of guns.
“Fuse demonstrates what Insomniac does best: outlandish and gruesome weapons design, over-the-top action and a touch of humor,” said Insomniac Games’ Founder and CEO, Ted Price. “We’re especially excited to see how players utilize lethal teamwork by combining their Fuse weapons to stop a deadly arms race.”
“EA is honored to be working with world-renowned developer, Insomniac Games, to bring their first multiplatform release to players everywhere,” said Sinjin Bain, Vice President of EA Partners. “This studio is known for delivering high-quality, action-packed, and most importantly – fun – games. Fuse is on target to deliver that and more in March.”
March? Yep, you can look for Insomniac’s Fuse to be blasting away at consoles at the tail end of quarter one, 2013.