Bethesda has announced a free-to-play multiplayer combat game known as Battlecry. The publisher best known for the Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises is working in conjunction with Austin based Battlecry Studios (who may or may not have a vested interest in the success of this title). Battlecry (the studio, not the game) boasts of having assembled “seasoned developers” from companies such as BioWare and Valve “with one goal: to create fun” (and who on earth would be against that?).
Battlecry is set in a dystopian world where gunpowder has been banned after a messy war that did some serious damage at the birth of the 20th century. Factions have been created and conflict resolution between those factions is handled with old school weaponry such as swords and arrows in designated warzones. You get to choose your faction and develop your warrior as you climb up the ranks.
The trailer suggests a blend of Wild West sensibilities with more futuristic elements. Throw in colosseum-based bloody battles and you get the feeling that anything goes with Battlecry. Just in case you were wondering what the tone of the game will be (cartoonish or brutal and realistic), a slow motion decapitation will answer all of your questions.
So if blood soaked battles with traditional weaponry peak your interest, you may want to look out for Battlecry’s beta on PC in 2015.