Perfect World, the free-to-play MMO outfit who recently acquired Cryptic Studios (Champions Online, Star Trek Online), has announced that they'll be bringing three new F2P games to this year's E3. Rusty Hearts and RaiderZ are set to be interesting new takes on the massively multiplayer formula... but most excitingly of all, they'll be publishing the sequel to Zombie's Blacklight: Tango Down as a microtransaction-driven FPS. Expect mechs, enhanced hyper reality and more customisation options than you can shake a holographic scoped shotgun at. Full details after the jump.
After asking for more info about Blacklight: Retribution, the folks at Perfect World coughed a phrase that sounded suspiciously like "exclusive" and pointed us in the direction of IGN. According to the reveal data, the new FPS will be powered by Unreal 3 with DirectX 11 support, providing much prettier visuals than its already graphically competent predecessor. However, Zombie will be adding deployable mech suits into the mix, which can be called down and customised with a range of accessories and perks. The HRV goggles that allow players to see through walls will also be upgraded (and can be used to sniff out weak points in enemy mechs), but a new range of decoys will let cunning opponents set you up for embarassing ambushes if you rely on the gadget too heavily.
Naturally the enormous range of customisable weapons will make a welcome debut, meaning that players will be able to create their own custom classes without relying on presets. Perfect World haven't made pricing details available yet, but we reckon that premium items and microtransactions will provide a healthy fee on top of the free to play payment model.
I awarded Blacklight: Tango Down 6/10 in my full review; praising its huge amount of content but taking issue with mechanical inconsistencies and some woefully designed maps (spawn camping, anyone?). We're looking forward to seeing whether Retribution will learn from the original's mistakes.
As well as Blacklight: Retribution, Perfect World will also be bringing Rusty Hearts and RaiderZ along to E3. The former is a dungeon crawler-meets-sidescrolling brawler, whilst RaiderZ plans to become a free-to-play Monster Hunter. You can read more by following their respective links.