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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) Closed Beta Next Month, Now Accepting Sign-ups

by Rainier on March 21, 2012 @ 1:53 a.m. PDT

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.

5th Cell has finally revealed some details regarding the closed beta test.

To gain access to the Beta, players must sign up at the official Hybrid website. Those players may receive a Beta key closer to the date of the actual Beta test, which will take place in late April 2012. Keys will be distributed in multiple groups over the course of the Beta.

Players who recruit friends to the Beta will be awarded an exclusive golden helmet when they activate the full version of Hybrid after its release this summer.

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.

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