Sierra announced today that their award-winning PC first-person shooter F.E.A.R. will now have its multiplayer component be available for free to gamers. Renamed F.E.A.R. Combat, anyone with a good Internet connection and rig to play the game, will be able to download it at no cost starting Thursday, Aug. 17.

The entire thing will be a complete package including "all the updates, additional official maps and additional official game modes all in one downloadable file."

Can we get a "hell yeah!" for this? Good job Sierra on building up some brand loyalty.

Check after the break for the full press release.

SIERRA ANNOUNCES F.E.A.R. COMBAT

F.E.A.R. Multiplayer to be made available for free.

LOS ANGELES, CA – (August 8th, 2006) – Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R.™(First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat, and will be made available to the public as a free download on Thursday August 17th, 2006.

F.E.A.R. Combat is the complete multiplayer component of F.E.A.R. and includes all the updates, additional official maps and additional official game modes all in one downloadable file. F.E.A.R. Combat users will be able to play against the owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R. as well as the other F.E.A.R. Combat users.

F.E.A.R. Combat features:
  • 10 Multiplayer Game modes.
  • 19 Multiplayer Maps.
  • 12 different weapons.
  • Punkbuster support for anti cheat support.
  • The capability to download user generated content.
To play F.E.A.R. Combat, consumers simply go to www.joinfear.com and register to obtain their free, Combat keycode. When the file is made available for download on Aug 17th 2006, consumers can install, enter their keycode, and get ready to join F.E.A.R. Combat!

To get more information on F.E.A.R. Combat, please visit www.whatisfear.com or www.fearfans.com.

F.E.A.R. Combat will be available for download on August 17th 2006.

About Vivendi Games
Vivendi Games (www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Warcraft®; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra's IPs include Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, SWAT®, Darkwatch™, Timeshift™, Ground Control® and Leisure Suit Larry®. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Mobile Games, publishing games for the emerging mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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