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Bethesda announces BattleCry, a multiplayer action game set in alternate history WWI

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Bethesda Softworks and developer Battlecry Studios have today announced BattleCry, a new free-to-play team-based multiplayer action game for the PC that looks to be set in an alternate version of Earth’s own World War 1.

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BattleCry doesn’t seem to be set on Earth, however, or any recognisable era on our timeline, but instead takes place in its own unique universe following a “cataclysmic world war at the dawn of the 20th century,” at a time when gun powder has been banned and the ‘Pansophic Revolution’ has given the world great new technologies as a result of a “golden age of industrial manufacturing and design.”

This short period of piece, however, has let old tensions fester, and as technology advanced “the world faced the scourge of war once more.”

“Fueled by technological Pansophic advancements, the face of warfare has changed,” Bethesda writes. “All disagreements are settled head-on by elite teams of chosen warriors from all over the world, with each member specializing in either high-tech ranged gadgetry or sophisticated melee weapons. Trained and bred for battle, they meet each other in sanctioned WarZones to face off for their share of glory.”


BattleCry – Screenshots


BattleCry the game, however, puts you into a 32-player online battle as you take on the role of an elite warrior either on the side of the powerful Royal Marines, or the courageous Cossacks, with classes including:

- The Enforcer, who wields a massive sword and transformative shield to inflict and absorb damage

- The Tech Archer, who unleashes a maelstrom of arrows from afar

- The Duelist, using blinding speed and stealth abilities to pick off unsuspecting enemies in isolation

Of course the usual rank and ability unlocks are included in the game, allowing you to build your own character as you get used to what Bethesda calls “dynamic movement,” letting you grapple, evade and mantle over obstacles. An ‘Adrenaline’ system is also featured, which lets you use special powers for short periods of time, or you can choose to build up your Adrenaline to unleash an ‘Ultimate Ability.’

“In BattleCry, your skill, timing, and teamwork create a diverse gameplay experience,” Bethesda claims.

You can watch the gripping announcement trailer for BattleCry below to get an idea of the visual aesthetic and stylised designs you can expect to see in the game next year:

BattleCry Announcement Trailer


BattleCry – Artwork



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