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access_time September 19, 2015 at 6:46 PM in Microsoft by Charlie Grammer

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: First Assault to enter beta in October

first assaultNexon America recently revealed details for a tactical team-based shooter based on the popular Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex franchise. This game, known as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: First Assault Online (or simply First Assault), places you in the role of an augmented soldier fighting terrorists on the streets of a future cyberpunk world.

First Assault is currently being developed by Neople and is a first-person shooter set to release in 2016. Fans who are interested can sign up for a chance to participate in the closed beta tests that begin on October 1, 2015, at the official website.
Here’s a description of the upcoming game, as presented on the official press release:

Licensed by Nexon from Kodansha Ltd. and Production I.G, Inc., First Assault is based on Shirow Masamune’s acclaimed manga the Ghost in the Shell, one of the core originators of the Cyberpunk genre. First Assault references the anime source material while advancing the dark near-future universe and bringing it to a frenetic but tactical first-person shooter game environment. As an elite, augmented soldier, players will advance and master their character with upgrades and unlocks as they succeed in combat. Each character has exclusive attributes that reflect features of the original franchise, such as Motoko Kusanagi’s ‘Therm-optic Camouflage’ cloaking technology or Saito’s ability to enhance his vision and highlight enemy soldiers.

Players will carry out battle strategies and formations as they choose from among eight initial characters. Adding a unique layer to the experience, each of these can be customized with specialized body augmentations, weapon attachments and enhanced abilities. First Assault also features “SkillSync,” which allows players to leverage shared cyber-abilities with nearby teammates in combat modes to augment and increase their skills. By using SkillSync in smart and tactical ways, teammates can work together in devastating combinations in battle.

Nexon will be hosting beta events from October 1 to October 4, 2015 in order to stress test their servers before the next phase of development. A second challenge will follow, and gamers who join the beta at the beginning can both register their name early and gain access to an exclusive First Assault weapon skin.

You can check out the official trailer below:

Will First Assault be able to live up to the Ghost in the Shell name?


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