Imagine if top rated shooters like Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 were free to play? It would be pretty unbelievable and I’m sure gamers everywhere would rejoice to the fact that they wouldn’t have to drop $60.00 in order to save the world from terrorists. I’m speaking hypothetically here of course; something like this could never happen, right?
Well, it turns out something like this is going to happen, and it’s called Warface.
In development by Crytek studios, the team behind the various Crysis games as well as the amazing CryEngine gaming engines, Warface is a new first person shooter MMO being developed for the PC. It should be of no surprise then that Warface will feature some stellar next gen graphics. Crytek has already announced that the game will run on the new CryEngine 3, however no need to worry if your system can’t handle this new gaming engine. According to Jack DeVries, an associate editor over at IGN, Crytek has “developed Warface to use as low system reqs as possible. Anyone with at least a 2 Ghz processor and 1 GB of RAM should be able to war all the faces they can handle.”
Warface is a military shooter set in the near future. I know, sounds like every other military themed shooter that has come out within the past few years, however Warface is different. It is a strict multiplayer game that will feature your typical PvP (player vs. player) game modes such as deathmatch and bomb defuse scenarios, however what separates Warface from other shooters is its co-op play, or also known as PvE matches (player vs. environment). According to DeVries, “every day Crytek loads new missions to complete using the game’s random mission generation. All of the co-op missions feature moments where you have to use teamwork. If there’s a huge armored enemy blocking a bridge, chances are there’s a way for you to boost your partner over a ledge somewhere and sneak around behind him while the rest of the squad distracts the enemy.” This new co-op play is a refreshing take on the multiplayer experience, and with new missions being generated everyday the experience will never grow old.
Like Call of Duty, Warface will also feature their own system of perks and rewards. According to IGN’s PC executive editor Charles Onyett, “to enhance your performance, you’ll be able to equip special items like silent shoes that muffle your footsteps, boots that allow you to pass by claymore mines without triggering them, and other items lengthen sprint times.” Furthermore there will also be weapon customization and upgrades, which you can earn by completing the daily missions, and specific class sets such as soldiers and medics.
There is one final difference that separates Warface from other shooters, and if you didn’t catch on to it at the beginning of this article then I’ll reveal it now in clearer terms. Warface will be a completely free-to-play shooter. Yes, you read that correctly, I kid you not. Warface is supported by a free-to-play model and you can already reserve your screen name on the official website.
Already live in China and Russia and receiving critical acclaim, Warface is shaping up to be a very promising online shooter. With amazing next gen graphics and a free to play model in place, Warface looks to be a top contender in the realm of online shooters. I guess we will all know for sure when it is released in the states later this year.