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Platform(s): Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: 5th Cell
Release Date: Aug. 8, 2012

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'Hybrid' (X360) To Get XBLA Beta Test Soon

by Rainier on March 2, 2012 @ 7:24 p.m. PST

Hybrid, powered by Valve's Source engine, is a sci-fi shooter that puts you in the middle of a war between two factions, the Paladin and Variant, and from the looks of it is packed with futuristic armor, gadgets, and weapons.

Developer 5th Cell revealed that it will begin accepting beta sign ups for a beta test shortly after the Game Developers Conference, which runs from March 7-9, 2011. No further details were provided but once they become available we will report on it.

Hybrid is set in the post-apocalyptic year 2031, after an extinction-level asteroid collided with Earth wiping out billons. A single-celled alien bacterium buried deep within the asteroid spread into the atmosphere, infecting half of the survivors and turning them into the Variant, a genetically altered race. Six years later the Variant began a new world order and waged a massive global war against the immune populace, known as the Paladin.

Featuring a persistent online world war, Hybrid allows gamers to play online with friends and hundreds of thousands of other players across a single, unified world server.  Players can choose a hero from one of two factions, the Variant or the Paladin, as they level up to unlock upgrades, abilities, armor, weapons, and more to aid their faction in capturing territories and countries, leading to global domination.

Hybrid will introduce “Combat Focused Movement”, an innovative new system unique to the shooter genre.  Additional details about this new game play mechanic will be released soon.

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