Hi, folks! I realize that most of the geek world is neck deep in the release of a little game called Diablo 3, but I’ve got some news for you. Next time you come up for air from your latest dungeon-crawling, loot-gathering jaunt (or perhaps from doing battle with the glitches, errors, server issues, and other technological gremlins), why not head over to the Mercenary Ops Facebook page?
What is Mercenary Ops? Well it’s a free-to-play, multiplayer, third-person PC shooter currently in development. It’s got everything you might want from an online shooter; multiple game modes, oodles of maps, co-op and competitive play. It even has Unreal Engine 3 powering the visuals. (Check ‘em out below.) What I like to hear is that the fee-to-play transactions get you upgrades, yes, but nothing that isn’t otherwise available through looting, so those players with fat wallets won’t be getting an unfair advantage.
Now all of those things are reason enough to like the game, but the cherry on top is that if you like the fan page, you’ll be entered in the running for their closed beta, starting June 20th. So head on over. If you need more convincing, though, the full press release is below.
Mercenary Ops Now Accepting Closed Beta Applicants
Experience this Free-to-Play, Third-Person Multiplayer PC Shooter Before Everyone Else
SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 14, 2012 – Applicants are now being considered for the closed beta phase of the upcoming action-packed, third-person PC shooter, Mercenary Ops. For all those interested in participating, just “Like” Mercenary Ops on Facebook for your chance to obtain a closed beta key.
The first group of beta testers will be allowed in on June 20, 2012. During this beta test phase, players will be able to do battle in 6 different intense game modes and across a number of dynamic maps. Those that participate will get to experience the fast-paced action of the competitive online multiplayer matches along with the cooperative missions of up to 8 players against deadly hordes of AI controlled enemies and mini-bosses.
Mercenary Ops will be free to download and play at launch this summer. The game features an optional microtransaction system that allows players to unlock and customize their weapons and equipment through special upgrades; all of which can also be obtained through the game’s loot system.
“Balancing is always a major concern when it comes to online shooters, especially when they are free-to-play,” said Mercenary Ops Producer, Jason Sharp. “Because of this, we have committed heavily to testing the game internally and have even invited some of the world’s best professional gamers for their invaluable feedback. With the launch of our closed beta we will have the chance to garner even more feedback, this time from general shooter fans.”
Set in the near future when powerful corporations have led to the imminent downfall of humanity, Mercenary Ops pits deadly guns-for-hire against each other, as well as other hostile forces, in a struggle for wealth and survival. The game combines the tactical gameplay elements found in other third-person shooters with the fast-paced action of online multiplayer titles. Mercenary Ops puts an equal emphasis on competitive play and team-based cooperative missions, providing players with a truly action-packed and explosive experience.
Mercenary Ops was created using Unreal Engine 3. The engine was selected for its cutting-edge graphics, multi-core processor support, optimization for the PC and massive world support.
About Kalends Publishing
Kalends is a Bay Area-based game publisher dedicated to bringing high quality and innovation to online multiplayer PC gaming. Their upcoming title — Mercenary Ops, an action-packed, third-person shooter developed by Yingpei Games, Ltd. — is scheduled for release in Summer 2012.