Some of you may already of heard of Ravaged from their exposure at PAX prime earlier this year, which hosted daily 8v8 tournaments of this new fast paced FPS. Ravaged is being developed by 2Dawn Games, that have a development team composed of developers who have worked on FPS games prior such as: Desert Combat, Battlefield 2 and Frontlines. With this level of experience on board the 2Dawn Games team, it is no surprise Ravaged has gotten high praise and looks to be shaping up to take the PC FPS scene by force.
2Dawn Games decided to take their title in a different direction to many of the typical FPS games out there. Setting the scene in the now commonly seen post-apocalyptic battleground, of a future torn apart by global natural disasters and struggling factions. Ravaged is focused heavily on vehicle based combat and with over 40 gritty and fun vehicles, the variety should be there to create a highly varied and fun FPS.
In Ravaged you are forced to pledge your allegiance to either the Scavengers, an overpowering band of murderous savages bent of taking over every last remaining piece of resources for themselves. Or conversely you can side with the Resistance, humanities last hope against the Scavengers and the only chance to restore civilisation.
Both sides are highly customizable containing five unique classes, each with its own specific weapon loadout. To allow extra specialisation between groups and create a more multidimensional game.
Ravaged is going to host a whole variety of maps from the small focused arenas of just eight players to sprawling maps allowing for a full 64 player all out war. It is also interesting that 2Dawn Games are focused on supporting Ravaged as a potential eSports title, with the inclusion of full spectator mode. With the rise of eSports now in the west this is a great idea and from the gameplay found in the game I can really see this being picked up as a huge spectator sport.
With the addition of eSports into the mix 2Dawn Games are commit to eliminating all forms of cheating and hacking within Ravaged. This is being carried out with various contingencies put in place such as Anti cheat and the use of Global Bans.
Ravaged is currently in closed beta and already looks highly polished and fantastic fun. It can be pre ordered from Steam which will give you access to the closed beta. Ravaged is officially released on the 17th of October, at which time a demo will also be launched (in case you still have reservations). If you would like to follow the development head over to 2Dawn Game’s site here. Be sure to check back to The Indie Game Magazine for a full review of Ravaged once it is released.