Gears Of War Meets Counter-Strike
Yingpei Games (formerly Epic Games China) have announced their latest title: Mercenary Ops. This multiplayer-centric PC shooter has been billed as a cross between Gears Of War and Counter-Strike, and naturally runs on Unreal Engine 3.
UPDATE: Yingpei games are now no longer affiliated with Epic Games, and as already mentioned, Kalends Publishing will be stepping into the breach.
Mercenary Ops will use Gears Of War's cover system and camera perspective to create a "frantic" multiplayer team shooter, while core gameplay will be overtly reminiscent of Counter-Strike. Players can change and upgrade loadouts between matches, and will need to balance firepower with increased weight that can markedly decrease movement speed. The near-future setting provides some industrial locations, city streets and enormous installations in which to do battle, with weather effects affecting visibility in certain maps.
Epic Games China have dated Mercenary Ops for "summer," and interestingly, it will be published by Kalends Publishing rather than Epic themselves.
[Trailer courtesy of GirlGamer TV]