U4iA Games, a development studio made up of industry veterans from Activision, Sony, Call of Duty and Guitar Hero franchises, have announced their first game today.
Offensive Combat will be a free-to-play browser-based game coming later this year.
“Free-to-play is the next disruptive, permanent shift in gaming,” said U4iA Games CEO and Co-Founder Dusty Welch. “Consumers are moving away from the traditional console retail model and demanding AAA-quality games accessible on all their devices with no upfront costs. U4iA plans to satisfy those gamers with unmatched, competitive, core games like Offensive Combat, playable through your browser at a level of quality previously not thought possible, all running on our breakthrough E-Sport level server architecture. Since the game is launched right in their browser, players will be able to fire it up, connect with their friends, and play for free – with no need for additional hardware or software purchases.”
The game, a first-person shooter, will blend fantasy, sci-fi and modern warfare settings together, according to the release.
“We believe the current crop of FPS games is just more of the same. With Offensive Combat, we are making the blockbuster game you’ll have to have, but it’s already in your browser, it’s free, and your friends are already playing. Just log on and click play,” said U4iA Games CCO and Co-Founder Chris Archer. “We’re building Offensive Combat for passionate core shooter fans, delivering the features they want and empowering them to play the way they want. Gamers are clamoring for new ideas and experiences versus the same rehashed gameplay. With our unique, focused approach and broad industry experience, we’re able to deliver an innovative, free-to-play game that would take other development teams multiple years, hundreds of developers and cost them, in some cases, over $100 million, a cost which they would ultimately pass on to the consumer.”