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Fallout 76 Update 16 Arrives Next Week With Solo Play, Festive Challenges, And A Free Trial

Update 16 is set to arrive for Fallout 76 on Tuesday, December 10. The latest patch will add more choice to Nuclear Winter Maps, introduce a true solo mode for Private Worlds, feature new festive-themed events, and offer a free trial weekend.

In Fallout 76’s battle royale mode, Nuclear Winter, The Forest map is returning alongside Morgantown, with players given the option to vote for which map they want to play before the start of every match. This has been a highly requested feature ever since the launch of Morgantown.

Another requested feature has been the option to play Fallout 76 solo using its Private Worlds. Update 16 is adding two options to its private servers: “Team Only” and “All Friends.” The former lets you join a private server with those you’ve already formed a team with or, alternatively, you can join one alone. “All Friends” works just like Private Worlds do now, allowing anyone on your friend’s list to hop into the server you’re playing on.

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With the holiday season upon us, Fallout 76 is also getting into the spirit with a Holiday Scorched Event that runs from December 12 to December 26. During this period, Scorched enemies will appear in the game dressed in festive attire. Spot them, or hear their jingle bells, and you’ll be able to hunt them down. Each one you kill will drop a Holiday Gift for you to unwrap, including low-, medium-, or high-quality items that range from a lump of coal to rare plans and recipes.

For a limited time after Update 16 releases, you’ll also be able to claim a free Santatron bot from the Atomic Shop. Build it in your C.A.M.P. and the Santatron will roam the nearby area, collecting treats like candy, toys, and coal. During the Holiday Scorched Event, it will also occasionally give you a Holiday Gift.

Those that missed Fallout 76’s Halloween-themed event will have a chance to complete the challenges and earn its rewards again, too. The event has been repackaged as the Nightmare Preceding Christmas and will run from December 11 to December 16. Following this will be a Christmas challenge from December 17 to January 6, offering a set of six new Christmas-themed Nuclear Winter challenges and cosmetic rewards.

If all of this sounds appealing, Fallout 76 will also have a free trial weekend from December 12 to December 16 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so you can try it out for yourself. There will also be a Double XP event active during the same weekend.

Source: GameSpot.com

PC Gaming And VR 2019 Report Card: Forging Ahead, As Always

Ah, yes. The personal computer. Always at the cutting edge of whatever’s happening in the world of video games. Pushing the boundaries with new technology, while almost always being the best place to play multiplatform games.

2019 was definitely an interesting year for PC gaming. You might assume that the space is largely detached from what the console folks are doing, and in some respects, especially on the technological side, you’re right. PC games have access to big new leaps almost as soon as they happen.

But if we just consider the PC as a platform where you play the latest video games, the landscape had a ton of similarities to that of the consoles in 2019. All of this is to say that, as I looked back on the big PC milestones for the year, it felt very transitional without any earth-shattering moments.

We weren’t biding our time for new hardware, but we did see a lot of distribution platforms and games publishers sorting out their arsenal, a hit new genre get birthed, and a bunch of new VR hardware come to market. Hopefully, when 2020 gets underway, all of this stuff will hit full speed, and only then, when all the good ideas take hold and the chaff falls away, will we be able to see how the next generation is defined. But for now, let’s reminisce.

Epic Game Store Grows And Grows

You might have opinions on Epic Games getting into the digital distribution market and taking on Steam. They’re taking games away from Steam! It’s just a big ruse to get people to play Fortnite! Something about China, maybe! But Tim Sweeney does not care what you think, and 2019 saw the Epic Store obtain exclusivity to a number of big-budget and independent games, keeping them away from Steam–a move Valve called “unfair” to consumers in regards to games that were already marketed on their platform). This includes stuff like Metro: Exodus, The Outer Wilds, The Outer Worlds, The Division 2 (in fact, all of Ubisoft’s games in 2019 became exclusive to the Epic and Ubisoft Store), Control, Shenmue III, among many, many others.

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It’s caused a lot of commotion in a frustrated, vocal portion of the PC gaming community. And it’s put independent developers in a dilemma about how to best make what they do viable. Some consumers see the acquisitions as a hostile action, but with Epic’s ongoing offer to provide users with free games twice a month, and their notable transparency when it comes to revenue sharing and the development of their platform (they have a public development roadmap), the company is seemingly continuing to position themselves as the good-guy underdogs next to Steam. How that shakes out in 2020 is something we’ll be watching with great interest.

Steam’s Offering Grows Too

Not to be outdone by all of the big acquisitions of the Epic Store, Steam also picked up some significant partners in 2019. Once Bungie broke up with Activision, Destiny 2 made the jump from Blizzard’s Battle.net to Steam. Microsoft loosened their grip on their biggest first-party franchises in a move that helped increase their presence on PC–all the Halo games were made available on Steam, Gear 5 launched on the platform too, and State of Decay 2 is coming next year.

In a similarly surprising move, Electronic Arts also loosened its grip on a number of PC games, meaning many titles that were previously only available on their Origin storefront were brought to Steam, including their latest release, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order–which also made its way to the Epic Game Store.

We Got Those Subscriptions Now, Too

Of course, some might say the moves made by Microsoft and EA were only made to draw attention to the value that their new subscription services provided. Microsoft’s increasingly popular Xbox Game Pass for PC launched during E3 2019 and has continued to provide access to over a hundred games for a relatively low subscription fee–$5 USD as of writing. Xbox Game Pass for PC includes new releases like The Outer Worlds and Gears 5, as well as a number of PC-exclusive titles like Hearts of Iron IV and Imperator: Rome from Paradox Interactive.

EA already had Origin Access on PC of course, but in 2019, it doubled-down with its Premier tier for the launch of Anthem and Apex Legends earlier in the year, as well as Jedi Fallen Order last month. Not to be left out, Ubisoft also launched Ubisoft+, which gives you access to the entire publisher’s catalogue, including DLC and expansion packs. There is an increasing number of ways for PC owners to consume games–almost too many–but it’s great to see so much competition and choice.

Yet Another New Genre Spawns

Remember how the MOBA genre spawned from a user-made custom map in Warcraft III, and then went on to be one of the most popular video game genres worldwide? Well, what if I told you that in Valve’s Dota 2 (the standalone game born out of the original Warcraft III DotA map) there was *another* user-made custom map that got so popular it spawned *another* hugely-popular genre and subsequent standalone games?

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Say hello to the Auto Battler genre, conceived in January 2019 from the Dota Auto Chess mod by Drodo Studio. Its three major standalone competitors are Dota Underlords from Valve, Teamfight Tactics from Riot Games, and Auto Chess from Drodo themselves–games born from a mod for a game that was also born from a mod.

The concept is built around drafting units and positioning them on a battlefield, where they’ll fight the units from other players automatically until a victor emerges. There’s a depth of strategy in drafting, positioning, unit synergies, the metagame… it’s a whole thing that I don’t have the space to get into right now. But it’s compulsive, it’s massively popular, and like the MOBA and battle royale genres before it, it’s already spawned a ton of imitators. Good job, PC gaming!

We Got Those Exclusives

But hey, the PC doesn’t just have games from a brand new genre to flaunt–plenty of 2019’s fantastic PC exclusives came from old, boring genres too! We’re talking about things like the transcendent RPG Disco Elysium (though it’s coming to consoles in 2020); the greatest Total War yet, Three Kingdoms; and World of Warcraft: Classic, which seemed to surprise a lot of people.

That’s not to mention the countless gems still in Early Access–some of my favourites include Supergiant’s Hades, Risk of Rain 2, Subnautica: Below Zero, and Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. And there’s still more to come! At the time of publishing, Phoenix Point, the tactical strategy game from X-COM creator Julian Gollop, has just released, and Mechwarrior 5 will be out the following week.

PC gamers also leave 2019 with a few big names to look forward to in the future. Diablo IV, the next iteration of Overwatch and Cyberpunk 2077, are all on the top of the list, despite being multiplatform titles. And finally, a new entry in the highly-regarded and elusive Half-Life series, Half-Life: Alyx, was announced for a March 2020 release. There’s a catch with that one, though.

VR Hardware Steps Up

Next year’s Half-Life: Alyx will be a VR-only title, which has at least some folks thinking about obtaining themselves a VR headset. Well hey, guess what? 2019 was a particularly busy year for new VR hardware from the three major players in the space–Oculus, HTC, and Valve themselves.

Oculus released their new PC-powered headset, the Rift S, with room-scale tracking that doesn’t need external sensors (inside-out tracking) and new versions of the Oculus Touch gesture controllers. They also released the Oculus Quest, a completely wireless and standalone VR headset that can run games without the need to be connected to a PC by also utilizing inside-out tracking, and now also gives you the option to connect to a computer by using the recently-released Oculus Link beta.

HTC released the successor to the high-end Vive, called Cosmos, which also features inside-out tracking, new motion controllers, and a flip-up goggle design. Meanwhile, Valve launched its own VR headset, the Valve Index. This high-end headset boasts superior visual quality and gesture controllers (which track each individual finger), but oddly forgoes inside-out tracking in favour of using additional cameras to track positioning like the previous version of the Vive.

A variety of new, quality headsets to choose from is exciting, but the real question is: does VR have the compelling software to support it yet? For most people, the answer is still no. If you’re already deeply invested in the space, there are a lot of exciting experiences to keep you occupied–No Man’s Sky: Beyond, Pistol Whip, and Falcon Age were some of our highlights for this year. But is there a game you just have to run out and buy a headset for? Valve is probably hoping for Half-Life Alyx to be just that.

Other Matters, In Brief

The Good The Bad
+ Microsoft and EA bring their games back to Steam – VR continues to be a niche experience for only the most enthusiastic users.
+ A variety of worthwhile subscription services
+ Lots of great PC-exclusive games
+ Hey these Auto Chess games are real addictive huh
+ Red Dead Redemption 2 finally came to PC
+ Lots of fresh VR hardware

Source: GameSpot.com

Nintendo Switch NES Controllers On Sale For Switch Online Members

You can get a NES-style controller for Nintendo Switch now at a significantly reduced price. Nintendo is selling its “Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers” for $30, half-off its usual price of $60. The offer is available to Nintendo Switch Online members, so you’ll have to sign in to the store page to see the reduced price.

The pack includes two wireless NES controllers with rechargeable batteries, modeled after the original blocky NES controllers. They’re meant for the NES games available through Nintendo Switch Online, which is likely why they’re a member exclusive.

Nintendo Switch NES Controllers

The release of new NES games has slowed lately, as Nintendo announced it would no longer be announcing monthly games upon the release of the Super NES library. Just recently, though, the company did announce a new set of games for both Super NES and NES libraries. On December 12, the NES library on Switch will add Crystalis and Journey to Silius. Those join Star Fox 2, Super Punch Out!!, Kirby Super Star, and Breath of Fire II on the SNES library. Nintendo offers a Super NES controller too, but it’s out of stock.

For more on how Nintendo’s handheld-console hybrid performed over the last 12 months, read our Nintendo 2019 Report Card.

Source: GameSpot.com

It Looks Like Untitled Goose Game Is Honking Its Way To PS4 And Xbox One

It appears as though Untitled Goose Game is waddling over to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 just in time for Christmas. Originally released on Nintendo Switch and PC back in September, the quirky puzzle game puts you in the webbed feet of a troublesome goose and is reportedly coming to Microsoft and Sony’s consoles on December 17, 2019.

Achievements for Untitled Goose Game on Xbox One have been obtained from Microsoft’s servers by TrueAchievements, with the equivalent PlayStation 4 Trophies turning up thanks to Exophase. Release information points to the December launch date and also mentions an Xbox One X Enhanced option for all of those 4K goose visuals.

Predictably, Untitled Goose Game has been fodder for all kinds of memes and mods since its release–including one that plops the titular bird into Resident Evil 2. It’s a good game in its own right, though. James O’Conner awarded it an 8/10 in GameSpot’s review, saying, “The important thing is that Untitled Goose Game is a hoot. It’s a comedy game that focuses on making the act of playing it funny, rather than simply being a game that features jokes. Wishing that it was longer speaks to how much fun I had with it. There’s nothing else quite like Untitled Goose Game; it’s charming and cute despite being mean, and both very silly and very clever. It’s also probably the best non-racing game ever to feature a dedicated ‘honk’ button.”

Source: GameSpot.com

Pokemon Go December 2019 Field Research Task List

A new month is underway, which means there’s a new batch of Field Research tasks in Pokemon Go for December 2019. Unlike Special Research quests, which are assigned by Professor Willow, Field Research tasks are distributed through PokeStops. You’ll receive Field Research by spinning Photo Discs, and each mission you complete will net you rewards like XP, items, and even Pokemon encounters.

Field Research tasks typically run the gamut from making a certain number of Great throws to catching specific types of Pokemon. There is no daily limit to how many Field Research tasks you can complete, but only the first one you clear each day will reward you with a stamp. If you can amass seven stamps, you’ll achieve a Research Breakthrough, which will net you even more rewards, as well as an encounter with a rare Pokemon.

Like last month, every Research Breakthrough you achieve in December will result in an encounter with a Legendary Pokemon, namely either Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Groudon, or Kyogre. Even if you already have these Legendaries in your collection, you’ll want to achieve as many Research Breakthroughs as you can this month, as you’ll also have a chance to encounter their Shiny forms.

You can see the updated list of Pokemon Go’s Field Research tasks below. This isn’t the only new content available in Pokemon Go this month, however. The game’s first evolution event runs from December 5-12, giving you a chance to get more evolutionary items like the Sinnoh Stone, while December’s Community Day weekend takes place on December 14 and 15 and brings back all previous featured Pokemon.

Pokemon Go December 2019 Field Research Tasks

Catching Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Catch 5 Pokemon with Weather boost Poliwag or Vulpix encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Catch 10 Pokemon with Weather boost 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Catch 10 Pokemon Magikarp encounter
Catch 5 Fairy Pokemon Marill encounter
Catch 5 Normal Pokemon Zigzagoon encounter
Catch 3 Fire, Water, or Electric Pokemon Doduo encounter
Catch 4 Grass or Ice Pokemon Seel encounter
Catch 15 Pokemon Sandshrew encounter
Catch 3 different species of Dark Pokemon Poochyena enounter
Catch 3 different species of Psychic Pokemon Drowzee encounter
Use 5 Berries to help catch Pokemon Snorunt encounter; 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Use 5 Razz Berries to help catch Pokemon Swinub encounter
Use 10 Nanab Berries while catching Pokemon Scyther encounter
Catch a Dragon Pokemon Dratini encounter; 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls
Catch a Ditto 1,500 Stardust, 3 Rare Candies, 2 Gold Razz Berries, or 10 Ultra Balls

Battling Tasks

Field Research Tasks Rewards
Battle in a Raid Spoink encounter; 200 Stardust, 5 Nanab Berries, 5 Potions, or 2 Revives
Battle in a Gym Mankey or Makuhita encounter; 200 Stardust, 5 Nanab Berries, 5 Potions, or 2 Revives
Battle another trainer Electrike encounter
Battle a team leader 2 times Natu encounter
Win a Gym battle Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounter; 500 Stardust, 10 Nanab Berries, 3 Super Potions, or 4 Revives
Battle in a Gym 5 times Machop encounter; 500 Stardust, 10 Nanab Berries, 3 Super Potions, or 4 Revives
Use a super-effective Charged Attack in 7 Gym battles Electabuzz encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 3 Hyper Potions, 6 Revives, or 1 Max Revive
Win 5 Raids Aerodactyl encounter
Win a level 3 or higher Raid Kabuto or Omanyte encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 3 Hyper Potions, 6 Revives, or 1 Max Revive
Win 3 Gym battles Jynx encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 3 Hyper Potions, 6 Revives, or 1 Max Revive
Use a super-effective Charged Attack in a Gym battle 500 Stardust, 10 Nanab Berries, 3 Super Potions, or 4 Revives
Win a Raid 500 Stardust, 10 Nanab Berries, 3 Super Potions, or 4 Revives
Win 3 Raids 1,500 Stardust, 3 Max Potions, 8 Revives, or 3 Max Revives

Throwing Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Make 3 Great throws Gastly, Buneary, Anorith, or Lileep encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Make 5 Nice throws Voltorb encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Make 3 Nice throws in a row 500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great throws in a row Onix encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Great curveball throws in a row 1,500 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Make 5 Great curveball throws in a row Spinda encounter
Make an Excellent throw 500 Stardust, 2 Pinap Berries, 5 Great Balls, or 2 Ultra Balls
Make 3 Excellent throws in a row Larvitar encounter
Make 5 curveball throws in a row 500 Stardust, 6 Razz Berries, 2 Pinap Berries, or 5 Great Balls
Make 2 Nice curveball throws in a row 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls

Hatching Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Hatch an Egg Exeggcute or Hoppip encounter; 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, or 5 Poke Balls
Hatch 3 Eggs Magmar encounter; 1,000 Stardust, 1 Rare Candy, 9 Razz Berries, 3 Pinap Berries, 10 Poke Balls, or 5 Ultra Balls
Hatch 5 Eggs Chansey encounter; 3 Rare Candies

Misc. Tasks

Field Research Task Rewards
Transfer 3 Pokemon Sableye encounter
Trade a Pokemon Bronzor encounter
Evolve a Pokemon Cubone or Eevee encounter
Earn 3 Candies walking with your Buddy Ponyta encounter
Take 5 snapshots of Eevee Gulpin encounter
Power up Pokemon 5 times Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle encounter
Send 10 Gifts to friends Sneasel encounter
Spin 10 PokeStops or Gyms 200 Stardust, 3 Razz Berries, 1 Pinap Berry, 5 Silver Pinap Berries, or 5 Poke Balls

Source: GameSpot.com

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Control Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox and the guy currently playing Microsoft’s next-gen console (codenamed Project Scarlett) at home, says Remedy’s sci-fi shooter Control is coming to Xbox Game Pass.

The Xbox boss casually revealed the news during a recent Extra Life stream on Mixer. When discussing his favourite games of the year with developers from 343 Industries, Spencer said, “I thought Control was really good. It didn’t reach enough people, so I’m glad to see that it’s coming to Game Pass so hopefully more people will play it.” You can watch him discuss Control around the 44-minute mark.

It’s a surprising tidbit to reveal during a mellow live stream, especially since Microsoft just announced a slew of new games coming to Xbox Game Pass during the month of December–Control not included. It’s another feather in Game Pass’s cap, though, and as Spencer said, it should hopefully result in a wider audience playing the game. Remedy recently expressed its satisfaction with Control’s sales performance, even though it failed to top the charts when it launched back in August. But its inclusion on Game Pass gives more people an opportunity to play one of 2019’s best games.

Source: GameSpot.com

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget

Despite near-universal praise from critics, Remedy Entertainment’s Control didn’t quite top the charts when it was released back in August of this year. Remedy CEO Tero Virtala isn’t particularly worried, however, as he says Remedy is pleased with how the game is selling.

In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Virtala revealed that the sci-fi shooter was developed over the course of three years with a modest budget of just under $30 million. “We don’t quite require the same huge lifetime numbers as many other games with bigger development budgets,” Virtala explained. “Therefore, even though Control didn’t have chart-topping sales right from the get-go, we are in a good position with steady sales. We always take the long view here.”

Virtala pointed to the longevity of digital distribution as one of the reasons launch sales aren’t as important as they used to be. “Nowadays, the majority of sales for many games are generated over a long period of time in digital stores–and Control continues to sell, which is good,” he continued. “We are bringing more free and paid content to the game. It has the proven high-quality and uniqueness, and the word-of-mouth that keeps growing. There is still a big audience out there that hasn’t yet heard of Control. These are all factors that support the longer-term sales.”

Virtala expressed his satisfaction with Control’s success, especially considering it’s a new IP that was mostly self-funded. The game’s director, Mikael Kasurinen, echoed this sentiment, adding that Remedy is “extremely proud of Control, not just from the perspective of quality and creativity, but also in how we changed the culture of production and development. We haven’t done a game as fast since Max Payne 2.

“What makes it even more impressive is that Control involves a lot of new technology, a new approach to the world structure, and is also not a sequel–a rarity nowadays.”

With two story add-ons due in 2020, Remedy isn’t done with Control just yet either.

Source: GameSpot.com

Vanquish And Bayonetta 4K 60fps Remasters Are Coming To Xbox One

Earlier today, a listing on the Microsoft Store let slip that Vanquish is coming to Xbox One. Now, further listings have revealed that both Vanquish and Bayonetta are coming to the console with enhanced 4K visuals at 60fps on Xbox One X. The frenetic PlatinumGames action titles will be available separately or as part of a celebratory 10th-anniversary bundle on February 18, 2020.

Details are sparse, and no prices are currently showing on the store, but the listing does note that both games are remastered for the first time on Xbox One. Bayonetta and Vanquish were, of course, originally released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the beginning of the decade, and have been available to play via Xbox One’s backwards compatibility for a while now. Neither game is enhanced for Xbox One X, though, so these new releases fill in that gap by bumping the resolution up to 4K at 60fps with some other visual upgrades.

In all likelihood, the two action titles have been ported from their belated 2017 PC releases, which both support the same visual enhancements. The screenshots included on the Microsoft store page are even identical to those put out prior to the PC version’s launch.

With both games seemingly on their way to Xbox One, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to suggest PlayStation 4 versions are on the horizon, too.

Source: GameSpot.com

Rocket League’s Loot Boxes Are Gone, And The Community Is Not Happy

Rocket League, the popular car-soccer game, recently pledged to remove loot boxes in favor or a more transparent “Blueprint” system, which lets you see what you’re getting and choose whether to spend your credits building it. The Blueprint update has now arrived, and developer Psyonix has published extensive patch notes alongside it. All Keys and Decryptors have been turned into Credits and Bonus Gifts, Crates have been turned into Unrevealed Blueprints, and a new Item Shop offers a rotating selection of goods.

It’s a substantial change, and already many players are taking to Reddit to complain about how pricing works in the game, noting that customization upgrades are now prohibitively expensive and much harder to get your hands on. A thread on Reddit is cataloging complaints from players about prices; as of now, it has 1700 replies. Elsewhere, users are noting examples of items, like the Pyrrhos exotic wheels, that have been massively marked up.

As one post sums it up, if you’d bought 23 keys before, you’d get 23 items; now a single item might cost the same in credits as 23 keys would have cost. It remains to be seen whether this system will see changes based on user feedback, or if Blueprint trading will lessen the issue for the community. For now, though, it seems that the change has made cosmetic items in Rocket League more expensive, albeit also more transparent.

Rocket League released in 2015, and is available for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Psyonix was bought out by Epic back in July 2019.

Source: GameSpot.com

GTFO, The Survival Horror Shooter From Payday’s Lead Designer, Is Launching Very Soon

GTFO, the new shooter from Payday lead designer Ulf Andersson and his team at 10 Chambers Collective, has a release date. The game will release on December 9 at 12 PM PT through Early Access on Steam.

On Early Access, players will be able to get a taste of the first-person shooter that also features survival horror elements and team-based gameplay. You play as a prisoner trapped in a horrible world filled with nasty creatures trying to kill you.

The conceit with GTFO is a system called “The Rundown.” This includes timed-based challenges that reset with new game updates, so players only have a limited window to take part. This sounds similar in nature to how Hitman‘s Elusive contracts work. Some missions, called Expeditions in GTFO, might be available for 1-2 weeks, while others may be available for months.

Take a look at the video below to learn more about how The Rundown works.

The Early Access period is expected to run for one year, during which time 10 Chambers will gather feedback and further tune and refine the game. For more on GTFO, head to the game’s Steam page. You can also watch GameSpot’s preview above, in which we describe the game as a fear-filled Left 4 Dead.

Source: GameSpot.com