Announced back at E3 2011, Insomniac Games‘ Overstrike debuted as the company’s first multiplatform release after over a decade of developing exclusively for Sony platforms. Best known for the, Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance franchises, the company continued its shift into a more Earth-bound aesthetic with the announcement of Overstrike, which has now received a new name along with some extra details about the title.
According to a press release from EA today, the game will now be released under the EA Partners branding as Fuse, not of course to be confused with the music television station that isn’t MTV. Fuse will actually be a four-person cooperative shooter, which will put players in control of four covert agents tasked with defending the world from a lethal extraterrestrial energy source from which the game derives its title. You will be able to choose to play as Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble or Naya Deveraux when the game launches in March 2013.
The press release also described the game’s LEAP ability, which, as the name suggests, affords the player the chance to shift control from character to character at any time. No word on any sort of Quantum Leap tie-in, but supposedly this mechanic will be used for basic puzzle solving and to allow players to choose which weapons are most suited for combat. The press release states that each agent has his or her own set of abilities and weaponry that will prove essential in the fight for mankind’s safety.
There will also be an upgrade system, by which completing objectives and kills accumulates Fuse points that can be spent on upgrades. This system will apparently remain constant no whether playing online or off, single player or with friends, so expect to retain your abilities and carry them with you each time you do battle with the alien invaders.
Not much other gameplay information was revealed, but you can head over to www.fusegame.com for screenshots of the game and other information. A brief synopsis of the story has also been released.
In Fuse, the members of contact team Overstrike 9 attempt to thwart a rogue paramilitary organization called Raven from stealing the Fuse source located deep within a classified government facility. Overstrike 9’s pursuit of Raven will take them around the world, from the fortified desert facility to underwater bases, island strongholds, icy mountain peaks, palatial hideouts and beyond. Later, as the team closes in on Raven, another more sinister enemy reveals itself as a truly horrendous global threat.