Hey remember a long, long time ago, in a fiscal quarter far away, U4iA's CEO Dusty Welch mentioned that they were gunning to dethrone Call of Duty and rival League of Legends? Well the game that is poised to do so is called Offensive Combat.
U4iA is an indie startup from former Activision veterans Dusty Welch and Chris Archer, the same guys who helped make Call of Duty into a reputable brand back when the original Medal of Honor series was being milked dry. The new studio aims to trump current trends and buck the mainstream agenda with a free-to-play shooter called Offensive Combat.
The game is a throwback to old-school multiplayer arena-style deathmatch games where the maps prompt for fast-paced matches and tightly knit firefights. What's more is that the game doesn't take itself too seriously, and lends a great deal of its content towards over-the-top madness.
U4iA Games CCO and Co-Founder Chris Archer commented in the press release that...
“We believe the current crop of FPS games is just more of the same. With Offensive Combat, we are making the blockbuster game you’ll have to have, but it’s already in your browser, it’s free, and your friends are already playing. Just log on and click play,” ...“We’re building Offensive Combat for passionate core shooter fans, delivering the features they want and empowering them to play the way they want. Gamers are clamoring for new ideas and experiences versus the same rehashed gameplay. With our unique, focused approach and broad industry experience, we’re able to deliver an innovative, free-to-play game that would take other development teams multiple years, hundreds of developers and cost them, in some cases, over $100 million, a cost which they would ultimately pass on to the consumer.”
Ohh, talk about a dig at current monetary means. I'm sure when he means "pass on to the consumer" he's talking about things such as Call of Duty Elite and EA's current loose subscription-based custom servers for Battlefield 3.
It's easy taking digs at poor business practices that affect consumers negatively in the long run, but it's hard to follow through with something noteworthy and sustainable if you really want to invade the mainstream gaming space.
Offensive Combat will run in browsers and will support cross-connectivity support for mobile devices. Ultimately it's a casual approach to a hardcore game.
A few of the game's details are available below and additional details will be unveiled soon. You can visit the Official Website to learn more about Offensive Combat or sign-up to partake in the beta tests.
Offensive Combat Features:
• The game will be available free to play in web browsers
• Offensive Combat will let core multiplayer fans experience console-quality, high energy, frenetic first-person shooter competition anytime, anywhere
• The game will sport advanced customization options for players to express their own unique attitudes and personality.