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Shattered Horizon

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Futuremark Games
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2009

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'Shattered Horizon' Gets Release Date, Price, And Pre-Order Incentive

by Rainier on Oct. 26, 2009 @ 12:18 p.m. PDT

Shattered Horizon is a new multiplayer FPS game where teams of players experience realistic zero gravity combat and fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident which throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.

In this multiplayer first-person shooter for the PC, teams of players experience realistic zero gravity combat surrounded by the broken remains of orbital infrastructure and the millions of asteroids now encircling the Earth. With simple and intuitive controls, players have complete freedom of movement making full use of the distinctive environment to control the battle. Shattered Horizon rewards players with gameplay and tactics impossible in games constrained by gravity.

Appealing to everyone who has ever dreamed of going into space, Shattered Horizon puts the player in the spacesuit of a survivor from the Moon mining operation or one of the astronauts trapped on the battered International Space Station. With Earth surrounded by debris, there's little chance of rescue or return. Desperate battles are fought and control of limited supplies means the difference between survival and death in the cold of space.

Man is back on the Moon and the companies that took him there are reaping huge profits. Their greed soon leads to the largest mining accident in history, when overexploitation of a risky new technique called Incite Mining leads to a catastrophe of unprecedented scale. An explosion throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space, its aftershocks threatening to tear apart the Moon itself.

Fragments of the Moon settle around the Earth and become known as the Arc, named after the dramatic shape they draw across the night sky. With Earth surrounded by debris there's little chance of rescue or return for the thousands of people stranded in space.

The International Space Agency's astronauts and scientists trapped in the battered International Space Station are given the task of apprehending those responsible for the catastrophe. Weapons are among the last supplies sent to the station before the supply route from Earth is cut.

The Moon Mining Cooperative finds itself facing serious charges after only barely surviving the cataclysm. Cut off from Earth, they see independence and self-sufficiency as their only possible future and the ISA as a threat to their existence.

The two sides are drawn into an armed conflict. Desperate battles are fought over strategic locations and the scant supplies from Earth that make it through the shroud of debris. Control of the Arc now means the difference between survival and death in the cold of space.

Shattered Horizon will be released on Wednesday 4 November, 2009. The game will be available as a digital download from Steam, or direct from the Shattered Horizon website at the suggested retail price of €19.95 / $19.95 / £14.95. Gamers who pre-order get a 10 % discount and will be invited to help test new level packs before they become available to everyone else.

Antti Summala, lead designer at Futuremark Games Studio explained, “During our beta many game features, and even one whole level, were added as a direct result of beta tester feedback. The process worked so well that we have decided to continue it after launch.Gamers who pre-order Shattered Horizon will join an elite group who will get early access to help test and refine new levels to be released in future content updates.”

Futuremark Games Studio has confirmed that Shattered Horizon will be supported after launch with new levels and features being added to the game through downloadable content packs. These expansions will be free to all players.

Shattered Horizon allows PC gamers to choose who and how they want to play through dedicated servers run by the community. Futuremark Games Studio will host dedicated servers for North America, Europe and Australia and New Zealand at launch with the server code being made available to everyone shortly afterwards.

Key Features :

  • The real space setting of Shattered Horizon offers gameplay, tactics and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter.
  • Simple and intuitive controls let you take full advantage of the distinctive zero gravity environment.
  • The game's unique story sets you in a gripping vision of a future scarred by epic, planetary scale events.
  • A sci-fi game you can believe in. Shattered Horizon uses real-world technology and physics as the basis for a fun and accessible game.
  • Astonishing visuals combined with functional art design immerse you in the cold reality of combat in space.

Shattered Horizon uses Futuremark's in-house engine evolved from the technology that powers 3DMark Vantage. Optimized for PhysX and multi-core PCs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7 and DirectX 10 only, there is no support for WinXP/DX9.
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 / AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870
  • GPU memory: 256MB
  • Hard disk space: 1.5 GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Sound: Windows Vista compatible sound card

Recommended Requirements:

  • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7 and DirectX 10 only, there is no support for WinXP/DX9.
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / AMD Phenom II X4 940
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • GPU memory: 512MB
  • Hard disk space: 1.5GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Sound: Windows Vista compatible sound card

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