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Housemarque has revealed details on Alienation’s upgrade and loot systems.
Housemarque’s latest project, Alienation will finally release later this month, on April 26th. It’s about time they shed some light on a few aspects of Alienation that have been shrouded in mystery up to now. Today’s the day Housemarque has shared a look at what they like to call Alienation’s metagame.
Two things that set their latest effort apart from the previous games they’ve made are the loot system and the way weapons work. For those of you familiar with Dead Nation, this is quite a departure. In Housemarque’s zombie shooter, players could buy and upgrade a specific set of weapons between stages. In Alienation, weapons and loot are either found in boxes or dropped by enemies after they’ve been killed.This means that when you proceed with missions, you’ll have the chance to obtain rarer weapons or upgrade your weapons’ stats to match your playstyle.
The game features four different types of Alien Cores, each upgradable up to five times and activating a different effect when set in one of the weapon slots. For example, Red Cores augment damage, while Yellow Cores modify the clip size of the weapon. Carefully planning where to put the Cores you collect during missions is a vital part of progressing in Alienation, as specific combinations can even add additional bonuses.
On top of that, loot includes metals of different rarities from “Stock” to “Legendary.” Collecting these metals allow you to “reroll” some stats of the weapon you use them on, improving your chances for the next shooting session.
Last but not least, some weapons enjoy special perks, activated when Cores are mounted in a specific pattern. For example, these perks can add the chance of a lightning chain between enemies when bullets hit them and certain conditions are met. The idea behind all this is to get players to invest in their weapons of choice and carefully plan their arsenal before jumping into the fight — we feel that the system adds a lot of replayability and believe you will love it.
In the game you will lead your elite squad in the fightback to save Earth from an alien invasion. The game can be played with up to three other players as you face down staggering odds. Or, when the heat is on, call on others to back you up and help drive away the extra-terrestrial hordes. You can combine the most brutal firepower and the deadliest tactics to secure victory. Flank forces and target weak points to create strategic advantages or simply go shoulder to shoulder and let rip a devastating ballistic tidal wave – this is your war soldier, fight it your way.
Alienation will release on April 26th, 2016 exclusively for Playstation 4.