Bethesda Softworks has announced a brand new competitive multiplayer action game called BATTLECRY, a free-to-play team-based battle royale that’s set to feature frenzied 32-player online battles. The upcoming game will be the first release from Bethesda’s BattleCry Studios, which was formed in 2012 by a number of industry veterans.
The world of BATTLECRY was envisioned by Viktor Antonov of Half-Life 2 and Dishonored fame, and the action takes place in an alternate timeline where gun powder has been outlawed in the wake of a devastating world war at the onset of the 20th century. As a result, all future conflicts are played out through close and personal encounters in designated WarZones.
Players can choose to side with one of two factions, the Royal Marines or the Cossacks, and rise up the ranks with their fearless warrior. As you win matches and refine your skills, you’ll also have the power to upgrade your warrior and make use of BATTLECRY’s unique and transformative weapons, like a sword that can turn into a shield, or devastating blades that can harness the power of electricity.
Alongside the game’s announcement, Bethesda has also released a breathtaking (and bloody) cinematic trailer to give everyone their first taste of BATTLECRY in action. In speaking on the news, president and executive producer of BattleCry Studios Rich Vogel has stated: “We have been hard at work to create a fresh experience for gamers that brings together multiplayer action with visually stunning combat.”
BATTLECRY is reportedly going to be playable at the Bethesda booth during this year’s E3, while the game will officially enter a beta period on PC sometime in 2015. Keep checking back on Den of Geek for more details on BATTLECRY as soon as we learn them!