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5th Cell's 'Hybrid' to feature persistent online war


5th Cell continues to hold back details on its XBLA shooter Hybrid, but the developer has released one key nugget that recalls games like PlanetSide and Chromehounds. Hybrid will feature a "a persistent online world war" with "hundreds of thousands" of players on a "single, unified world server." As always, the war will be waged between the blue team (the Paladins) and red team (the Variants), as the two sides fight to control "territories and countries, leading to global domination" on what appears to be a world map cribbed from Risk.

What was initially teased as "a completely new gameplay experience never seen before in the genre" is now revealed to be ... "an innovative new system unique to the shooter genre." Really? Oh, but it has a name! An "it came from marketing"–sounding name: "Combat Focused Movement." Just what is it? We'll have to wait for the first hands-on demo of the game at next month's GDC to find out.

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Game to be Unveiled Next Month in San Francisco

Bellevue, Washington – January 24, 2011 – 5TH Cell, the award-winning studio behind such innovative titles as Scribblenauts and Drawn to Life, is starting 2011 off by revealing long-awaited details about their revolutionary new third-person shooter, Hybrid.

Hybrid is set in the post-apocalyptic year 2031, after an extinction-level asteroid collided with Earth wiping out billons. A single-celled alien bacterium buried deep within the asteroid spread into the atmosphere, infecting half of the survivors and turning them into the Variant, a genetically altered race. Six years later the Variant began a new world order and waged a massive global war against the immune populace, known as the Paladin.

Featuring a persistent online world war, Hybrid allows gamers to play online with friends and hundreds of thousands of other players across a single, unified world server. Players can choose a hero from one of two factions, the Variant or the Paladin, as they level up to unlock upgrades, abilities, armor, weapons, and more to aid their faction in capturing territories and countries, leading to global domination.

Hybrid will introduce "Combat Focused Movement", an innovative new system unique to the shooter genre. Additional details about this new game play mechanic will be released soon.

5TH Cell will be unveiling the first hands-on of the game in San Francisco during the 2011 Game Developers Conference next month.

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