BlackSite: Area 51 beaming down this summer

Last console installment of arcade-inspired series will arrive on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 soon; new screens and trailer inside.

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LAS VEGAS--Last night at the Hard Rock Casino, Midway assembled a coterie of journalists and analysts for its 2007 Gamers' Day. Presiding over the event was Midway CEO David Zucker, who touted the fact that Midway has spent over $100 million to create an internal development staff of more than 700. "Our plan to revitalize Midway is to succeed on the new consoles," he told the crowd.

At the centerpiece of this plan is BlackSite: Area 51, a new shooter being developed by Midway Studios - Austin, the shop formerly known as Inevitable Entertainment. Though the existence of the game had been unofficially known for some time, the Vegas event marked its first public unveiling.

Though its title makes it sound like a sequel to Area 51, the tepidly received 2005 shooter based on the classic arcade game, BlackSite is an all-new game written by Gears of War scribe Susan O'Connor. Its story follows a group of covert military operatives charged by the US government to put down an alien invasion in a remote Nevada town, which is the site of the titular top-secret complex. Midway said the story would have some branching elements that would put players in a moral quandary as to whether or not to follow their orders, Deus Ex-style.

Like the other Area 51 games, BlackSite is primarily a first-person shooter. Demo stations on the Gamers' Day show floor saw players wielding an assault rifle tricked out with a grenade launcher against a variety of spindly, Resistance-esque alien troopers. However, the game also introduces squad tactics, letting players command their fellow troopers around the battlefield. The game will focus on "emotionally intense" firefights with aggressive enemies, according to the game's developers--one of which GameSpot interviewed in Las Vegas.

BlackSite: Area 51 is set for release this summer on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. No rating or pricing information is yet available, but GameSpot did get some hands-on time with the game at the Midway event.

Discussion

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hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

I never thought I would say this but does every studio need to make an FPS ? This looks cool and all but damn we are getting alot of these.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i'd like to see the old area 51's on Wii's virtual console!!! :)

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I will be keeping an eye on the 360 and Pc versions. --wii message!

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

The single player campaign to the last installment of Area 51 was decent, not the best, but decent. With that said playing the game online sucked. I personally don't like playing in hallways and thats what players did online in Area 51 which was disappointing.

Before the game released Midway talked about their online strategy on how the game will be constructed, and they mentioned that when there is only a few people playing the doors to the map will be locked so that the map wouldn't be boring because of it's large size. But when more players entered the map the doors will unlock and the map will expand. What ever happened to that?

All in all the voice acting was suprisingly good but the online needed work, badly.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Hopefully this one will be better than the mediocre last-gen version. I have confidence in them! :)

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

This should be cool- the first one was pretty fun- i wonder in Marylin Manson is returning?

nightwing930
nightwing930

this is going to be very interesting since it's a area 51 game and it looks really great

B-boy
B-boy

It look cool awesome!

thekey
thekey

I'm glad its NOT PS3 exclusive.

peacenutman
peacenutman

I bet if this was X360 or PS3 exclusive, haters would start to say:"Meh, another alien shooters, the graphics is mediocre, the gameplay looks lame."

damned_beast
damned_beast

sounds like its going to be better than the first

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

it looks alright...in the interview the guy said some stuff i didn't like

Frags-o-Plenty
Frags-o-Plenty

Looks good to me, but I think I'll wait for a while longer before making a decision. Though I have to agree with Tor; those aliens kinda' look like the Chimera from R:FoM. Vaguely, at least.

pidow
pidow

Looks good to me!. I played the other Area 51, not great, but playable. This one look 100% better, I will play!.

okassar
okassar

Good god! When will these people learn that all Area 51/outsider(stereotypical) alien games have always been unsuccessful and odd.This is going to be a bitter failure,I don't care if nobody has ever played it.Its going to be bad.Ahahahahha the guns look like the wierd guns from the timesplitter series,which died.But you never no,I was even hesitant to pick up Halo 1 back in the days and I went crazy over it.

mjwickstrom1
mjwickstrom1

This could be an interesting game. I may have to check it out!

ldksparda21
ldksparda21

"RaiKageRyu " you are right most recen games have been shooter, i just though of it too. a bit odd if u ask me.

ldksparda21
ldksparda21

the game's looking good so far i hope it dosn't disappoint us.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Something that just dawned to me right now... More than half of recent western-developed games are shooters...

Dolacide
Dolacide

never played the first one, but I did play the arcade light gun game, I use to play that all the time in the arcade.

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

Hey, Area 51 was just fine. It was a sci-fi, action focused FPS. And there WAS a story. Granted it wasn't innovative, it felt like a really interactive sci-fi flick. And that's all it needed to do. Though I am rather dissapointed that there's no plan to incorparate the story from the last game... But the squad tactics thing seems like its one of those ideas they wanted to put in the first one and never got the chance to do so. Nonetheless... Looks like I have ANOTHER PC FPS to look forward to in addition to BioShock and UTIII

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

The first one was okay. but this one this one is or it will be much better!

epormada
epormada

I did like the one on xbox. I'll check it out before passing judgement, these pics and vids seem promising.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I wasn't a big fan of the Area 51 that was on Xbox. I hope this one's better.

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

From the same writer as Gears of War?...so the whole story will be "Hero shoots bad aliens and we kind of have some story...no lets have more shooting instead" :?

0dazubeN
0dazubeN

Funny how on all the articles before this it said PS3 only...at least in gameinformer...

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Demoman286th : "I can see where this is going! Instead of the conspiracy ladened story of the old Area 51, we're going to have a story about Aliens that aren't from here killing people for no good reason! Can't anyone come up with a good story anymore?! " I know, right? Hey, remember some PS1 FPS from Konami that was huge on story and took place in Area 51? The main character was voiced by Bruce Campbell and had some awesome dialouge to go along with the great story. Man, I wish I could remember the name of that game... -=x

Demoman286th
Demoman286th

I can see where this is going! Instead of the conspiracy ladened story of the old Area 51, we're going to have a story about Aliens that aren't from here killing people for no good reason! Can't anyone come up with a good story anymore?!

kevin634
kevin634

to me the aliens in the first screen make me think of resistance

kevin634
kevin634

to me the aliens in the first screen make me think of resistance

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Has anyone noticed that you really can't find Area 51 in stores, new or used? Makes one think that there's a conspiracy going on to try and make us forget it ever exsisted...Hell, I can't even find my OXM demo of the damn thing! On topic, I hope this one has what it takes to compete with some of the other heavy hitting FPS coming to console...We shall see. -=x

R3DN1N3
R3DN1N3

mr17x Is there any relation between Blacksite: Area 51and that other game called Area 51? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Though its title makes it sound like a sequel to Area 51, the tepidly received 2005 shooter based on the classic arcade game, BlackSite is an all-new game " -Gamespot.com If u guys read this more clearly you'll notice they said it's a whole new game. Not a sequel. I did like area51, one of the reasons I bought an xbox 360. I hope this game is good.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

should be fun, I'd love to play this

mr17x
mr17x

Is there any relation between Blacksite: Area 51and that other game called Area 51?

SP8616
SP8616

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Kenshi_is_god
Kenshi_is_god

pretty retarded that they just left the story from the last game... actually that's REALLY retarded. game better not suck, I wanted a sequel

Ryir554
Ryir554

Darn, thought this was a sequel to the other Area 51

eXor512
eXor512

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Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Area 51, lol. Fool me once, shame on you. And as the Who said, "I won't get fooled again." ::does a pinwheel, smashes guitar::

natester10
natester10

Hopefully this one will be a lot more polished and realistic than the first one.

ColoradoKindBud
ColoradoKindBud

Yeah, this game looks tight. I loved Area51, can't wait to get my hands on this one!