One of my favorite competitive games during the mid 2000s was GunZ: The Duel, a small free-to-play, third-person online shooter from Maiet Entertainment. The game was synonymous with stylized action and was part of the new-wave games that helped usher in the F2P era. Well, I'm happy to report that GunZ 2: The Second Duel has entered Early Access on Steam.
Blues spotted the new entry on Steam's database, revealing that Maiet's new online shooter has gone live in the Early Access arena. Much like its predecessor, GunZ 2: The Second Duel is still free-to-play, so there's nothing lost but the cost of bandwidth to participate in the game's late development phase.
As noted on the game's store page...
“In this game, there is no limit on how players move. In GunZ 2: the Second Duel, a wall is not an obstacle yet another path that provide tactical advantages. You no longer have to hide behind walls when you encounter your enemies. You can rather climb up the walls around you to take higher ground or move into enemies’ blind spot to launch vigorous assault. “
The game also sports brand new physics-based gameplay mechanics; it's no longer just a game of K-Style, hopping around and butter-dancing off the wall like James Brown with elastic-shoes. The game has a stronger sense of gravity this time around, so that the game will maintain its fun-factors but it will also support more dynamic gameplay moments, ala Vindictus.
There's also a huge cache of guns to boot – which should be the standard in a game called GunZ – there are more than 200 different guns across 13 different category of weapons. Much like the original GunZ, melee weapons will still play a big part in the combat, with the team expanding on the game's combos and close-quarter abilities.
The only thing that I actually have a gripe with is the game's class-based setup. Instead of picking a gender and the way your character looks, and then free-forming your character the way you want (like in the original GunZ) the sequel has various abilities and archetypes broken down separately, into classes. Unfortunately, even genders are attached to classes now, so you may or may not like that new feature.
Right now the Early Access rendition of the game is available with four classes, and later on the game will receive additional classes to expand the game's line-up.
Furthermore, the game will sport additional language support, game modes, character customization items, clothing options, user interface compatibility and further optimizations for the gameplay and performance.
I'm curious if the team is eying a release on the PS4? Seems like this could be a perfect fit.
You can grab GunZ 2: The Second Duel from Steam's Early Access right now, for free. If you're a bit leery about Steam following the whole VAC thing, I don't blame you. It's bad enough that we have the Patriot Act and the NSA Spybox running amok as far as freedoms and privacy go.
For more info on GunZ feel free to visit the official page.