Auto Assault locked, loaded, gold

NCsoft's postapocalyptic vehicular combat MMOG off to the factory; set to hit stores April 13.

Would-be road warriors can start revving their engines, as NCsoft's Auto Assault has gone gold and should be on shelves April 13 in Europe and North America.

Set across the wastelands of a postapocalyptic Earth, Auto Assault lets players build their own combat-capable rides and use them to blow up each other, rival factions, or unfortunate robotic and alien forces that happen to cross the street without looking both ways.

NCsoft has a pretty good track record publishing massively multiplayer online games, having created domestic successes in City of Heroes, City of Villains, and Guild Wars, as well as the Lineage series, which is expected to represent more than half the company's revenue this fiscal year, despite not being an overwhelming hit in North America. Scott Brown, president of Auto Assault developer NetDevil, said the publisher's reputation was one of the reasons his team agreed to work on the project with the company in the first place.

"They provide the best value to their customers, with free content expansions in addition to other ways to grow their game worlds," Brown said. "Auto Assault customers will be able to enjoy new content for years to come."

As far as enjoying new content right now, Auto Assault will be available in standard-edition and limited-edition packages for $49.99 and $59.99, respectively. The limited-edition package includes a headset for in-game chatting. Both versions include a free first month of play, with a $14.99 monthly subscription fee thereafter. Gamers who pick up a preorder box will get a special in-game weapon, some extra loot, and a four-day head start on the competition, starting April 9 at 9 a.m. EST. Auto Assault is rated T for Teen.

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vaejas
vaejas

The first online game where you can salvage and craft DUCT TAPE. Bravo!

Ikthog
Ikthog

It's hard to really judge any MMO from a couple of days playing around in beta. I'm interested enough to give it a shot, though I have to admit my expectations aren't huge. I played it briefly months ago, and it is fun, but I suspect driving around shooting everything in sight will get old if there isn't any more strategic depth than that. (And there may be, now or down the road, so to speak.)

NinjaStitch
NinjaStitch

Oh yipee!!! Drivin' down the highway like any other day....and get jumped by 2 other cars rigged with chainguns and flamethrowers! This should be interesting!

Merl57
Merl57

I have played the Beta. It's crazy, not good crazy but unorganized crazy. There is no skill invlovled in the driving its basically just using the arrows or WASD. If you die there is no pentalty so you don't really care about your health. The graphics did not blow me away and the sound glitched when I fired the chain gun. There seems to be a lot of items to craft and upgrade which seem cool. But there just doesn't seem to be much depth.

Ellegua
Ellegua

I have been in beta for a while and while i like the game I can't say it is ready for launch.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

An MMO automobile game? THAT'S INSANE!

Ghost777
Ghost777

I have mixed reactions to this game. I got into the beta this past weekend and played with trepidation as to the experience. I must say I enjoyed it alot. It is nowhere near deep but it has something most games lack... fun factor. This fun factor is along the lines of mass carnage and a road warrior/ mad max feel. deStampedo is both correct and wrong at the same time. There are indeed flesh based mobs that only give 1 to 6 xp each when near your level but they are there for fodder not actual grinding. The vehicle mobs give somewhat decent xp but since you are killing 30 or 40 in the span of a minute or two it adds up somewhat fast. Gaining levels, however, is more from completing quests than grinding anyway but grinding can be so much fun when you hear screams in surround sound. I do agree that for the most part this is not worth a monthly fee. it seems more like a single player game with a lan option than an actual rich and worthwhile fee based game. At first I was not gonna get the game then I saw that it does have pvp which for me is, in this game only, a plus. Most games I could care less about pvp but this has so much potential. With this my monthly fees for MMOrpgs is gonna be 90 bucks. Damn gaming addictions. grrrr. :)

decebal
decebal

The "worst thing since guildwars"? That's where you lost your credibility. You didn't like GW, well good for you. But people tend to agree that it was a awsome game. Thus, your experience with auto assault... is not worth 2c. Sorry.

Temg99
Temg99

Amazing game. Been in the beta since the begining and i have fallen in love with the amazing graphics and destructiability of nearly everything. The game has you level by missions instead of grinding, which i love. Its far, far faster to level by taking and doing missions than trying to grind mobs. No more anoying timesinks. :-) Try it out, you will love it.

jonnyjd
jonnyjd

I'm getting tired of having to pay $$ each month for every MMO that I want to play. I'll pass...

deStampedo
deStampedo

the game is totally not worth 50-60 up front and 15 a month. i beta tested for it. prolly the worst thing since guild wars, and at least you didnt have to pay for guild wars. it has a sketchy missions system, no help from npc's, and the experience system is rediculous. same lvl mobs give 1-4 exp, and you need like 2000 exp to get from lvl 3-4...? wtf is that?

joebaku
joebaku

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