Little Bit Battlezone: Warshift Hits Steam Early Access

When Rebellion dug out the rights to Battlezone, they announced that they were rebooting the wrong Battlezone game – the Atari wireframe FPS rather than splendid ’90s FPS-RTS. They hastily added that they planned a “remaster” of Battlezone ’98, but it sounds like that’ll take ages.

For now, you might be interested in Warshift [official site], which sounds like Battlezone with an action-RPG edge. It’s an RTS where you build bases and armies but can also slip into units to fight on the battlefield yourself, then level up and customise them too. It hit Steam Early Access last night. Have a look:

As you see, it’s combat across land, sea, air, and space, with tanks, mechs, power armour, subs, spaceships, and plenty of other units. You might remember seeing it back when it was crowdfunding under the name Universum: War Front (I didn’t until a commenter pointed it out – thanks CobraLad!).

It looks surprisingly good considering it’s mostly the work of one chap. Designer, artist, and programmer Cyril Megem says he’s been working on Warshift for three years, and is launching it onto Early Access now it’s playable – though still incomplete. Megem says “The game will remain in early access development as long as it needs to reach its full potential,” so it’s probably not one for people without patience – especially given it’s just him. As ever, I’d recommend you not buy an Early Access game unless you’d be content with it staying as it is.

Warshift is £14.99 on Steam Early Access. WARSHIFT? WARSHIFT! WARSHIFT WARSHIFT etc.

29 Comments

  1. wcq says:

    Warshift, Warface, Warcraft, Warhammer, Warlords, Warfighter, Wargasm, Warmachine, Warbirds, Warsong…

    …Warsaw?

  2. CobraLad says:

    Oh weird, i knew this game under a different name. Theres even RPS articles about it: link to rockpapershotgun.com

  3. Velko says:

    aka Warcrafp

  4. Pulstar says:

    Another early access I’d rather be late to!

  5. Rao Dao Zao says:

    WARSHIFT? WARCTRL! WARALT! WARCAPSLOCK!

  6. Sian says:

    Neat. I’ll keep an eye on this one. The unit and race diversity alone piques my interest, and I like the idea of direct control over single units, though I do tend to forget to check on the rest of my army in games like this.

  7. Alien says:

    Im pretty surprised how one guy could make all this…

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      Harlander says:

      Single-person game projects like this are extra impressive because of the range of interdisciplinary skills needed.

  8. Kollega says:

    The unit design actually has me somewhat impressed. It’s the usual “future military” aesthetic, but somehow, it actually feels cool as opposed to tired and played-out. Will be watching this one.

    • Wertymk says:

      The human stuff does look pretty good but the (presumably) alien stuff does not. It’s too weird and glowy and busy.

  9. DanMan says:

    I have to leave now. My warshift starts in about 30 minutes.

    • Sian says:

      You wouldn’t happen to work at the warsembly line, would you?

    • cpt_freakout says:

      You know how the warbosses get when you miss that deathline

  10. c-Row says:

    Forget Battlezone, make someone remake Uprising instead!

  11. BathroomCitizen says:

    Nice, it looks good!

    It’s like the main developer liked the ’90s look and style – all glowy and cheesy – and supped-it up in HD.

  12. geldonyetich says:

    The video looks like what AAA ought to be, rather than just an endless deluge of GTA and COD clones.

    Here’s hoping it’s not released a crappy port job sabotaged by DLC-sales-inspired limitations.

  13. Koshelkin says:

    Hey, that looks awesome! I’ll try to keep my eye on it.

  14. kud13 says:

    I suppose it’s about time I check out the copy I got for Kickstarting this one…

    Interesting how he never told backers he’s got a publisher now. Well, I hope this means now we’ll get all those other “planets” that were unreachable stretch goals earlier