Kane & Lynch Say, Screw Over Your Friends

By John Walker on October 10th, 2007 at 5:21 pm.

Eidos have marched in, thinking Orangeboxday is an appropriate time for announcing a new multiplayer element for their forthcoming Kane & Lynch.

And it sounds potentially rather fun. Because you get to stab your friends in the back.

It’s to begin as a co-op scenario, with up to eight of you teamed up against the cops, performing heists. Which already sounds a decent amount of fun, but gets more interesting. Your group objective is to steal whatever you’re stealing, and make it to your getaway point. Except, there are winners and losers here, and the winner is the one who escapes with the most. I.e. the one who turns on the others most effectively. As their exciteable press release says, “How and when you make your move is up to you.”

Lead Game Designer Kim Krogh puts it like this,

“Fragile Alliance is a new way to use co-op in multiplayer. Play it like a soldier and you’ll lose, play it like a criminal and you’ll win”.

So it’s essentially a multiplayer game based around everyone preparing to backstab everyone else. If the dynamics are right, and it forces you to work together just enough before hell breaks loose, it could be huge amounts of fun.

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6 Comments »

  1. SwiftRanger says:

    CVG has a nice article on this, sounds intriguing idd. Too bad it’s gonna use GFW Live for matchmaking.

  2. The_B says:

    Not really sure how that’s that much of a bad thing.

  3. John Walker says:

    The subscription, I’d say.

  4. Janek says:

    That sounds brilliant. Assuming they get the balance and such right, of course. But if they can get the knife-edge tension of stuff like The Ship or Defcon, yummy.

  5. SwiftRanger says:

    @The_B: certain multiplayer features you’d expect to be free in every other PC matchmaking service aren’t in GFW Live.

  6. Cruz says:

    Anyone know of a K&L PC delay? My preorder, apparently, did not ship, and it is nowhere to be found in the major retailers.

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