November 3rd, 2012 | By Mark Isaacson
UK studio Jagex, the team that brought you the high flying MMO Runescape, has confirmed a December launch for their First Person Sandbox Shooter Ace of Spades. The full retail release will come after a long running prototype beta version, which has been installed over 2.5 million times since it first surfaced way back in April of 2011.
If you’re new to Ace of Spades, imagine a first person shooter where the battleground can be altered in almost every way as up to 32 players compete in class based combat tactics. Yes, it does sound slightly familiar especially if you’ve played Team Fortress before. But here’s where I mention that the game looks and acts far more like Minecraft than Call of Duty.
Yes, it’s a voxel engine that you’ll be at war within, which means there will plenty of opportunities to blow up the environment into tiny pixels as well as the opposing force. You’ll be fighting your way through a number of familiar game types, but it’s the ability to create turrets and bunkers to improve your defence, or even an imposing fortress upon the horizon, that really changes things up.
This creative take on sandbox building means that combat will evolve just as much as the world around you. Imagine having your underground tunnels invaded by the opposing team but instead of running away, you alter the tunnels to block their progress across the world map. Of course, you could also funnel them into a trap when they least expect it. That’s the kind of creative freedom Ace of Spades aims to provide.
Jagex promises an upgraded graphics engine for version 1.0 compared to that used during the beta, along with a bigger armoury that will certainly help to take out your frustrations on the enemy and the world around you. Being a PC release, don’t be surprised if more content is released over time in the not too distant future either.
Ace of Spades will release this December on Steam for an undisclosed purchase price. Jagex will also be holding a live Q&A event soon too in order to answer your tough questions, so keep an eye on the official website for more details on that and the impending launch.