Despite the emergence of consoles, VR, and mobile gaming, PC gaming has been trying to preserve its niche as the platform of choice in the competitive gaming environment.
“Counter Strike: Global Offensive”, “League of Legends”, and “Defense of the Ancients 2” are just some of the PC titles that have patronized by the gaming faithful around the world and played in tournaments with prize pots reaching millions of dollars.
This is what online gaming firm PlayPark hopes to sustain as it introduces its newest game “Crossout”, a vehicular-based shooting game set in a post-apocalyptic world.
By appealing to both First Person Shooter (FPS) and driving game fans, the online game will combine drifting and RPGs either in a team-versus-team setup, or a free-for-all mayhem.
Crossout is already undergoing an Open Beta Testing (OBT) where players who signed up are able to experience the unique gameplay and can probe for possible bugs and glitches before it is officially and commercially released on March 12. Some of the notable users of the game is YouTube channel leader Pewdiepie and local streamer Peenoise Realm.
The game’s main premise is for players to use resources scattered around the map obtained primarily through missions. These resources or parts are then incorporated to the chosen vehicle used by the players either as offensive weapons like machine guns or missiles, or defensive armors and utility components.
The key attraction of the title will rely on the customization aspect, unlike most online games where the appearance and weapon sets of the users are predetermined to a specific type/class i.e. mages, tanks, marksmen, fighter types, etc.
There is even less customizability when it comes to role-playing titles, with the remaining option for customization is buying a digital skin which costs real-world money.
The freedom to choose which areas or attributes to improve in the player’s vehicle makes the game flexible and allows for thousands of possible combinations.
This kind of in-game resource arsenal would mean that its user base will have more chances to explore and experiment and would not demand for an immediate additional content release.
The building process will depend on four key components – the frame, the cabin, the movement parts, and the defensive and offensive materials. The first two are pretty self-explanatory: the movement parts pertain to the wheels and tracks, while the latter includes a variety of armor plating and defensive measures, as well as guns and other sources of firepower.
As the same with all online games, real-world currency can be used to obtain the in-game currency called “Coin” which is tricky to earn unless players have plenty of stuff to auction off at the game’s own marketplace hub.
To keep players engaged, Crossout will not rely on a single game mode. Instead, aside from the main mission events, players can either duke it out at Player Versus Player (PVP) races, Free for All battles (FFAs), Storm Warning mode, and even a Guild vs Guild setup.