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Cross Fire

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: G4BOX
Developer: Smilegate

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'Cross Fire' Enters Open Beta Stage

by Rainier on Jan. 29, 2009 @ 9:06 a.m. PST

In Cross Fire, two international mercenary forces corporations are at war. Players assume the role of either a Black List mercenary or a Global Risk terrorist, and join an online team that must work together to succeed in completing objective-based scenarios.

Participants assume the roles of online characters that interact with other players while engaging in battle and other activities through multiple levels. New to this genre, is the revenue model whereby the game is free to download and play, but players purchase value-added, in-game services and assets, along with premium features that enhance the game experience. Cross Fire is the role model of a first person shooter game with stable and powerful action as well as a strategic battle map. The game boasts sophisticated graphics and a unique system which allows the game to run smoothly even on low-end PCs.

With two international mercenary forces corporations at war, players assume the role of either a Black Risk mercenary or Global Risk terrorist, and join an online team that must work together to win certain objective-based scenarios. There are four modes of play in the game including Team Death Match, Exploder Match, Elimination Match and Ghost Match. Upon successful completion of these exciting and competitive modes and matches, players earn experience points and achievements which advance their character up various military ranks.

Team Death Match is the meat and potatoes of the multiplayer first-person shooter. In this mode, two teams fight to the death with the number of kills separating the winners from the losers. Cross Fire will feature 8 on 8 team death matches across 6 unique locales including, a cursed Egyptian tomb, an abandoned railway station, and a speedway in Monaco. Players can assemble a team of their friends using Cross Fire’s integrated Friends Lists, or create a clan using Cross Fire’s clan formation system and gain notoriety as your clan ascends up the online ranks.

The open beta will go live tomorrow, Friday, January 30, 2009 at 12 PM EST. In the open beta, anyone and everyone is invited to play the game for free, without any download or subscription fees. At 12 PM EST on January 29, 2009, the Cross Fire servers will go down in preparation for the open beta launch.

"We are very proud to be taking Cross Fire to the next level by launching the open beta," said Stanley Yu, Chief Executive Office of Wicked Interactive. "We have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in bringing Cross Fire to this stage, in order to provide players with the best possible game experience," added Howard He, Chief Executive Officer of G4BOX, "The Cross Fire Open Beta will deliver a wealth of new features we know players will enjoy."

The open beta launch marks the beginning of Cross Fire's persistent military-ranking and stat-tracking features. Player-progress will be tracked from the open beta onward so that players may accurately gauge their skills against the rest of the Cross Fire community. The Cross Fire open beta will also introduce in-game friends lists and clan formation features, in addition to numerous new maps, weapons, and items.

To celebrate Cross Fire's open beta launch, Subagames is hosting a number of events and promotions. During the first week of open beta, players will enjoy a 50% increase in the amount of GP earned in-game. This will allow Cross Fire players to purchase more of the new open beta weapons and items. In addition, the first 30 clans to register during the open beta will do so for free, at absolutely no GP cost!

Key Features :

  • Free to download and free to play
  • Four gameplay modes: Team Match, Team Death Match, Annihilation Match, and the all-new Ghost Match
  • Support for 16-player online multiplayer across 15+ maps
  • Military-ranking system: players earn experience points and achievements which allow them to level-up through different military ranks and unlock exclusive items and equipment
  • Robust player customization: personalize your in-game character with numerous items, weapons, and equipment
  • Integrated friends list and clan formation system

The game has proven to be a huge success in Korea where it first launched in 2007. Additional servers had to be added within one hour of the game going live due to the amount of traffic and people playing the game. In mid-March of this year, Cross Fire was the first FPS to launch its open beta in Vietnam. Within three days of the launch, the number of Cross Fire concurrent users reached 62,000 with more than 1.09 million subscribers in total.

Cross Fire, developed by Smilegate, is a military online shooter game for the PC, scheduled to launch in fall 2008.

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