Digging our PAX Prime 2012 coverage? Here are some more highlights from our time in Seattle, in easy-to-digest, bite-sized chunks:
The big push is for the TV show crossover shooter, which will be coming next April. Gary and I walked through a PvP arena, sampling each of the four classes – assault, sniper, shock, and support – each of which had a kick-ass special ability. The shock class, for instance, launched sticky grenades, while the sniper could drop mirages of himself at strategic locations to distract opponents.
In addition to arenas, there will be full open-world PvP, with players able to group up in clans and declare war on other clans for the right to salvage useful materials from Arkfalls, bits of space junk that crash to the Earth below, bringing with them all manner of alien baddies.
Trion’s MMORTS, End of Nations, is also coming along nicely, having just started its third beta. We got a look at multiple maps, some of which allow over 50 players to do battle. Each map/battle has different objectives, from a simple “defend the base” game to capture the flag to League of Legends-style lane-based gameplay, complete with “minion” tanks.
Matches take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, and you won’t just be chasing loot and XP. Trion’s got a robust leaderboard and Elo ranking system in the works, and one could easily imagine an e-sports push if the stars align.
Finally, we checked out Warface, a F2P squad-based shooter from Russia with two million users that Crytek‘s bringing to North America this fall with Trion’s help. Military shooters really aren’t my thing – I mean really aren’t – but I was able to rack up a nine-kill streak nonetheless in our brief play session. Booyah.
Three of the four classes have support functions, like dropping ammo or bandages, so you won’t just spend all day shooting. There’s PvP and PvE, and a new featured mission every day, so you’ll want to come back often to maximize your loot gains, and we were assured that the game would most assuredly not be pay to win. “In Soviet Russia, you win to pay.” Whatever that means.