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Insomniac Games updates gamers about Fuse

8:07 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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'Fuse', a PS3/Xbox 360 video game from developer Insomniac.

On May 28, the next title out of Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games is due to release.  A third-person shooter, Fuse is a sci-fi adventure set on a futuristic Earth which centers around an alien substance known as "Fuse".  The substance is used to power the special weapons with which the game's characters come equipped.

Part of the game takes place in an undersea compound called Triton where an ambitious, yet mentally unstable scientist named Ivan Slovenko is performing human experiments as he tries to mesh Fuse with organic materials.

"You and your team are the first guinea pigs," commented Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price.  "But, interestingly, you find that Slovenko himself is injecting himself with Fuse."

Players will get to interact with the "good doctor" off and on throughout the level.

Price also revealed to News10's Game Guys during the 2013 Game Developers Conference more exact details in regards to character skills and progression within the game - something he finds very important in Fuse.

"It fleshes out this idea of a class-based archetype system where you have a tank and you have an A.O.E./stealth specialist and you have a health/crowd-control specialist and a track expert," he expounded.  "These archetypes are important for gameplay, but we saw an opportunity to start making them even deeper by adding skill trees."

As players progress through the game, they'll earn experience through kills, objective satisfication, and the like.  This experience allows players to level-up their characters and leveling-up gives players skill points that they can use to unlock skills and buffs for his characters.  Each of the four characters has his or her own independent skill tree, but progression and skills doesn't end there.

"In the game, we have team-based buffs and as you move both the campaign and Echelon, you earn what's called Fuse Credits - it's the cash in the game - and you can use that cash to purchase team perks," explained Price.

There are sixteen such perks and they all give the team some sort of benefit.  Each of the four characters in the player's team can apply one team perk, allowing as many as four active team perks at any one time.

"It all has a cumulative effect and it really helps when you're going against some of the tougher battles of the game," Price said.

In development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Fuse will release on May 28.  The ESRB lists Fuse as having an "M for Mature" rating.

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