Stop, I know what you are thinking. Yes 2012 might as well be the year of the F2P shooter, with a new shooter seemingly headed into beta or release every other week, but this is different, this shooter isn’t scheduled to be out till 2013, a fresh new year, a year that, according to the Mayan calender, we might not even see! Thus making it a special shoo… ok I have run out of ways of making this announcement seem like something new.
Last week Splash Damage teased us with a new trailer for their upcoming shooter Dirty Bomb. Today the studio released some pre-alpha footage that gives us a taste of what we can actually expect from their latest shooter. Early Impressions? It reminds us a bit of Brink but without the Parkour.
The video showcases some traditional PvP escort style gameplay, a mode that Splash Damage is quite comfortable with (Wolfenstein, Quake Wars, Brink). In the video, players are seen working together moving through the narrow streets of London, using various class types to overcome obstacles, revive players and generally provide support as they escort an armored mini-tank of sorts.
The gameplay shares some striking similarities to Splash Damage’ previous title Brink, which was praised for its effortless parkour movement system but criticized for practically everything else. Parkour is notably absent in Dirty Bomb.
Splash Damage has also announced Founders Packs, which grants priority beta access and in-game items.