Rogue Company will be a high-tech, team-based, action-packed shooter reminiscent of Overwatch and Dirty Bomb.
If there is a gaming studio that can claim to be a foremost player-versus-player (PvP) expert, it would be Hi-Rez Studios. It honed its team-based gameplay in Tribes: Ascend before continuing to make one success after another — Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale.
This time, the studio offloaded the work to lesser-known First Watch Games, which will be officially developing Rogue Company.
Rogue Company looks to be a tight shooter experience with lots of running and deploying high-tech gadgets and weaponry.
The first impression may be of a battle royale game as you launch from an airship using air gliders to pinpoint your drop. However, this is simply a deployment mechanic. Rogue Company will predominantly be a class-based shooter like Dirty Bomb.
As the name suggests, Rogue Company refers to elite mercenaries that are often deployed as an effective alternative to solving problems without involving governments.
Many features are still to be determined, but what we do know so far is that it will offer:
- Both casual and competitive experiences
- Finely-tuned and memorable environments
- Four-versus-four will be the main PvP mode — but there will be many other evolving modes, as is expected from a game-as-a-service (GaaS) game.
As you might have noticed, Hi-Rez Studios is quite predictable in their projects. When it saw a profitable MOBA trend, it made Smite. When it saw a first-person ability-based hero-shooter trend, it made Paladins. When it saw a battle royale dominance, it made Realm Royale. In that context, Rogue Company is a missing link between these trends.
The game will be released sometime in 2020 across all platforms — PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.
Currently, it is only listed in the Epic Games Store — but that is likely to be a timed exclusive.
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