Breach plugged until January

Atomic Games bumps download-only multiplayer shooter due to Microsoft scheduling conflict on 360; new Hardcore mode coming.

Following the quagmire that is the still-unreleased Six Days in Fallujah, Atomic Games seems to be facing far less resistance with its downloadable shooter Breach. Still, the wargame maker isn't going to have a straight shot at release, as Atomic announced today that due to Microsoft's Xbox Live scheduling availability, it has been forced to delay the release of Breach on the Xbox 360 and PC to January.

Destructible environments are a given for Breach.

Though Atomic emphasized that the game is finished, the studio plans to make use of the delay by incorporating additional content into the military shooter. This content will include a Hardcore mode, which was initially designed for "some organizations" that use Atomic's products for training purposes.

"I've always said, we don't make simulations for the public and we don't make games for the government," said Atomic president Peter Tamte. "However, we have come to realize there is a growing segment of the gaming population that wants to test these simulation systems out for themselves, which is why we're adding features, like a Hardcore mode, to Breach."

Breach concerns itself with the CIA's secretive Special Activities Division. The online multiplayer shooter offers players a number of classes to choose from, ranging from heavy gunner to recon. The first-person shooter also incorporates a cover system, destructible environments for nearly everything in the game, and a range of high-tech weaponry and other accoutrements.

Fore more on Breach, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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LastPRmarine
LastPRmarine

@stakex007 The problem is not the 360 version it is live and Breach will most likely use Games for Windows Live

stakex007
stakex007

What bugs me is that the PC version gets delayed because of issues with Xbox live. If the game is finished, at least get it out for the system that you can now, and delay the other version as needed. Anything thats worked on for the later release can simply be patced to the other version... seems simple enough to me. Yet, PC gamers have to wait because of problems with the Xbox version. *sigh*

lamprey263
lamprey263

I don't see what all the fuss is about myself, besides the destructable environments this kind of looks like a last generation game

eriktkire
eriktkire

I should say modest team of "developers" in reference to Counter Strike, not studio... typo

eriktkire
eriktkire

@mrzero1982pt2 That sounds exactly like what I thought Blacklight would be... a real potential CoD killer. And that's why it upsets me to hear about them not living up to all the support promises they made up until E3. I'll keep an eye on them just in case they reverse their stance. I think it's madness to see tiny DLC map packs for MW2 being priced at the same $15 as Blacklight and Breach (probably). I think you're right about them having the potential to stay around on consoles IF they add to the base product... I hope so. I want one of these to become the next Counter Strike style hit. You know, came from a modest studio and turned into one of THE competitive FPS's of choice for years to come.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@eriktkire true. i own modern warfare 2 and havent played it since january when they revealed the stimulus pack. i have much more fun on blacklight and always meet new people on there in constantly full matches. the way the developers set up blacklight was also pretty cool. you always spawn in the same place and it is protected by turrets so it keeps campers at bay with spawn kills. but games like this and breach should show developers that we value quality over an over hyped super shooter which is pretty boring after a while. i can see games like blacklight and breach staying around for a long time on consoles pending support from gamers!

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

I don't get it, why can't it just come out next wednesday, does a new game come out every single wednesday

eriktkire
eriktkire

@mrzero1982pt2 xbox maybe, but I'm talking about PC, where the online communities are alot less forgiving to new, unpopulated games. I was really looking forward to Blacklight, and still waiting since it is yet to be released for Australia, but if the latest press release is solid, and their support will be tiny with no DLCs or eventual dedicated servers... there's no shortage of cool indie games coming out (like Nuclear Dawn). And by your words, people will get alittle tired with Blacklight in half a year? I think that's abit of a console phenomena in general. Online games have a much longer shelf life when the community is there on PC. I mean, there are still more people playing BF2 than BFBC2 (or was when I last checked).. way more playing CoD4 than MW2. The new CoD and MoH will go the way of MW2 for multiplay... annoying kids and campers will populate most of the servers while the rest of us are playing things like Breach, Brink, Blacklight, Nuclear Dawn. I don't think having 2 budget titles is a problem either... the more indie competition there is for these over-hyped mega franchises the better. You don't see this kind of scheduling thing happen on Steam.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@eriktkire dude... blacklight is burning up xbox live. so your comment is untrue. i think they are backing off to let blacklight grow, or let blacklight dim down a bit so they can come in. this summer, microsoft has tons of big games coming out this year's "summer of arcade" event so it would be 2 big fps budget titles, and tons of other games. its good blacklight will have half a year to grow and when we get tired of it. come november, unfortunately most will go to black ops, but in january, we can go to breach.

eriktkire
eriktkire

Blacklight = almost no support while they rush into a sequel Breach = already working on new content during the delay I'll be voting with my $$$ for Breach. Ashame the delay is due to yet another limitation in the Microsoft LIVE system. I don't remember hearing anything about Breach not having dedicated PC servers, so that's another + in their favour!

Aletunda
Aletunda

i love the fact that game developers are realizing how big the arcade market is and utilizing it with online only content, you pay over $100 australian for modern warfare 2 (and the price never drops....) and it was estimated that only 1/3 of the COD 4 population had actually played the single player campaign.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@bronco1991 i agree. blacklight tango down is a fun game, for 15 bucks and tons of maps. this game seems fun too, a game in modern times and just shoot em up. maybe if companies looked at how quickly these games are bought on servers and everything, they will realize we want something which is a quality game for a good price. hell, i bet this game will also be 15 bucks... the price of a modern warfare 2 map pack with 5 maps, or black ops which will have the same amount of maps.

bronco1991
bronco1991

there needs to be more multiplayer only games that are at low prices. I would gladly pay 40 dollars instead of 60 on games like mw2 and bfbc2 if they didn't have a campaign and cost less

green_dominator
green_dominator

It sounds cool in theory but I think in practice it will devolve into a clusterf**k! You'll end up you a few people who know what they are doing and a ton more who are just trying to figure things out and those are gonna be the main buyers and those people will get sick of the spawn camping and quit......

KittenNipples
KittenNipples

Didn't ever hear of this game till now, looks like a typical FPS imo. So no news to me...

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Its next gen counterstriiiiike!

ACx7
ACx7

Well I'm pissed. I've been waiting all year for this game..

dhaag740
dhaag740

Man, that sucks. I was hoping the game would be out this summer. But I guess not. January can't come soon enough.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Muliti player mode only ...hmmm that could be interesting I guess?