The Cycle: Frontier

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Yager
Release Date: June 8, 2022

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'The Cycle: Frontier' Season 1 Kicks Off Cataclysm Event, Season 2 Begins Next Week - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 21, 2022 @ 11:35 a.m. PDT

The Cycle: Frontier is a match-based FPS where you compete to fulfill contracts (quests) during a match that lasts approximately 20 mins. Staying on the planet for longer than that is bad for your health.

Prospect for resources and other riches on an abandoned alien world ravaged by a deadly storm, inhabited by monsters, and frequently raided by other ambitious Prospectors.

Welcome to Fortuna III, a treacherous world of alien beauty where the stakes are high and the rewards even higher.

Drop down onto the surface and fill your pockets with treasures and resources. Be wary though, only those who make it out alive are allowed to keep their spoils. Keep an eye out for bloodthirsty beasts and greedy players – or set out to actively hunt those and steal their hard-earned prizes for yourself.

Secure a seat on the nearest evac ship to safeguard your loot. Upgrade your gear, purchase new equipment and complete faction-based contracts to increase your gains and unlock new combat options. Prospecting is a risky venture, but greed is sometimes rewarded by the promise of glory. After all, fortune favors the bold in the eye of the storm.

The inaugural season of Yager’s The Cycle: Frontier is coming to a close later this month.

But things on Fortuna III are about to get even more dangerous with The Cycle: Frontier's first major in-game event: Cataclysm, running from September 22 until September 28, when Season 2 launches.

Cataclysm invites players to fight for survival as the days shorten, storms become even more frequent, and meteors rain down, bringing not only destruction but also strange Meteor Cores. Prospectors can use these Cores to craft powerful legendary weapons that may otherwise be out of reach for them.

When the Cataclysm ends, Prospectors' levels and reputation will be reset, and all of their items and upgrades will be destroyed in preparation for Season 2. All acquired cosmetics and Aurum balances will remain unscathed by the Cataclysm, allowing players to keep them for Season 2. Players who have purchased Welcome Packs will gain access to those items at the start of the season.

Beginning Sept. 28, 2022, Season 2 of the game will introduce the mysterious new Tharis Island map, the third and most difficult map yet for players to explore.

Season 2: “The Depths of Tharis Island” will deliver a new endgame mechanic that remains a mystery but promises to further deepen playstyle customization and combat depth, along with new loot, cosmetics and a newly improved Fortuna Pass. The deep caves of Tharis Island are crawling with horrors, but promise the most lucrative prospecting on Fortuna III. Hidden within its depths is something of mysterious alien origin that will change prospecting forever. Which intrepid Prospector will discover it and solve its riddle first?

The life of a Prospector is full of danger, but any extra peril is sure to be worth it. You can go it alone or team up but be wary, the more valuable your haul the bigger the risk. Tread recklessly and risk attracting the attention of a pack of sneaky Striders or a monstrous Crusher. Cause too much noise fending off the wildlife and you may give away your position to another trigger-happy player. Remember, losers come home empty-handed, so watch your back.

Fortuna III is a lush, mysterious planet on the edge of the galaxy. Once prized for its natural resources, it was ravaged by the Cycle, a radioactive storm that quickly wiped-out civilization, leaving behind ghost settlements and forcing survivors to retreat to the orbiting station. The storm is still a threat and yet the surface is full of spoils and treasures. Will you hunker down to survive the stormy night or use this risky opportunity to look for rare materials?

Returning to the relative safety of Prospect Station will allow you to secure your spoils and turn in your completed contracts. Use your newfound resources to improve your personal quarters with permanent upgrades and purchase new equipment. Tune up your favorite weapons with a neat array of mods and gear up with the perfect tools for your next drop. This may not be a corner of paradise but it’s home. Your home.

The Cycle: Frontier is available for PC (Steam/Epic Games Store).

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