BattleCry Trailer Spouts Blood, Alt-History

I’m pretty sure I knew of BattleCry before today, but its maximo-genericus name got me confused with Warcry, Battlefield and, of course, Game of War: Fire Age. It’s a free-to-player third-person Team Fortress 2-’em-up, replacing the cartoon whimsy of Valve’s game with decapitations and, um, Cossacks. Set in an alternate timeline where a world war at the end of the 19th century put a ban on gunpowder and conflict, it’s about elite teams of soldiers sent into “WarZones” to settle disputes. The imaginatively named BattleCry Studios have just put out the first in-game trailer, which you can see below.

I do rather like the look of the Enforcer class, given the barest bit of detail over on the official website. There’s a total of five “warriors” being shown off at the moment which seem to fall into various recognisable tropes – stealthy stabs, long range arrows, mechanic and so on. There’s also some cause to hope for the game’s setting, given that it’s designed by Viktor Antonov, he behind the worlds of both Half-Life 2 and Dishonored.

There’s other information scattered about the BattleCry site, such as on the main page where it’s revealed there’ll be more factions added as time goes on. The introduction post by new community manager Shanin Kanafchian, previously of CCP, also mentions they’re looking into developing various “community-orientated features.” This includes a method by which players can assist each other with bugs, though they’re still working out exactly how they want that to work.

As with most current F2P games, BattleCry is soft-launching in beta, currently planned for 2015.

13 Comments

  1. phelix says:

    …because what the world needs now is another F2P shooter. Right?

    • Reefpirate says:

      Hell yes, it does. There’s a whole lot the genre is missing these days. Some shooter types are well saturated (military gun bro shooters mostly), but there’s lots of space in the class-based objective PvP shooter space.

      Unless or until Section 8 and Global Agenda come back to life, I’ll be craving something to replace them.

    • Tacroy says:

      To be fair this appears to be a F2P slasher with some shooting elements.

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      Phasma Felis says:

      Exactly what about “a ban on gunpowder” says “shooter” to you?

    • Warskull says:

      This looks more like a melee oriented game. The market is pretty thin on those. You have Chivalry, which is good, War of the Roses, which is bad, and not much else of note.

  2. David Bliff says:

    So it’s Robot Jox without the robots?

  3. Post-Internet Syndrome says:

    Like the general aesthetic, but the animations didn’t excite me.

  4. AXAXAXAS MLO II: MLO HARDER says:

    I can’t believe that a game about all war taking place in designated warzones isn’t called Warzone. Is that taken?

    The flow and animation are too wild for a game that ostensibly take place in an alternate real world (what, they developed launch pads in this universe?) but overall the game looks cool.

  5. Shoconnn says:

    Played this at PAX Aus, was pretty enjoyable. Art style is distinctive and nice. Looking forward to seeing how the progression shapes up.

    • Ben Barrett says:

      I saw some other impressions from the show and they seemed pretty positive as well. Keeping this one on the radar, despite initial cynicism.

  6. racccoon says:

    ooh my! I think its all ready….. for the cheapo bin.

  7. toshiro says:

    Why would anyone buy this? It appears to be generic to a sarcastic level.