News: Insomniac Games Fuse Overstrike


Insomniac Games, known for bringing all manner of awesome weaponry to make things go kaboom in franchises such as Ratchet and Clank and Resistance, is known for sticking to its guns (bazinga!). But its four-player co-op title Overstrike is forcing it to break all its rules.

First of all it’s doing the unthinkable. It’s changing the title’s name. The horror! Overstrike has been absent from the industry’s peepers for a while but hits centre stage today reborn as Fuse. The predominantly PlayStation 3 exclusive developer is making it available to the competition moving into Xbox 360 territory for the first time.

Here’s the skinny direct from EA’s press release.

“Fuse is a four-person co-op, story-driven, action game where even solo players can experience the unique attributes of each agent by using the game’s LEAP feature to switch between the four characters at will during combat. Each agent is equipped with unique skills and weapons not only integral for survival, but that also allows for unexpected and extraordinary results. Experimental Fuse weapons are powered by a volatile alien substance that gives players unique capabilities that expand their strategic options in and out of combat. Through lethal teamwork, players can complete objectives and kills to earn Fuse points for powerful upgrades. Players can also play online or offline and level up along unique character paths, allowing players to unlock more powerful Fuse-driven abilities as the game progresses. In addition, the game’s progression system is unified between different play modes, allowing players to continue improving their agents regardless of how they play.”

I don’t know about you but this gets me excited in my pantaloons. I’m all about four-player co-op and this could be the title to drag me away from Borderlands 2. Maybe.

To go along with the announcement are some tasty new screens (complete with some spectacularly awful puns) which you can check out below.

It’s time to do the bolt

It appears cool guys DO look at explosions

Synchronised killing is my favourite Olympic sport

Shields up, captain?

For those of you a little nostalgic for Overstrike here’s the recent E3 trailer to bring back those fond memories

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