E3 2008: Massive Action Game E3 Conference Impressions

Zipper Interactive's new massively multiplayer online game made an appearance at the Sony press conference, and we got to take a look at the trailer.

The developer of SOCOM is moving on to bigger territory with Massive Action Game, a new online title for the PlayStation 3 that will support battles with up to 256 players. Players will be split into eight-person teams. There will also be character advancements and character customization. We didn't get to see any in-game footage, but a trailer hints at Battlefield 2-style combat, but on an even bigger scale.

The footage itself showed a huge team mounting an assault on a military base, with the team approaching on foot and in tanks. An epic battle then raged with bullet and rocket fire all around. Eventually, the protecting team managed to protect the base. It was at this moment that the attacking team launched a second attack, with planes taking part in bombing runs and dropping a fresh batch of soldiers with parachutes.

We were disappointed that MAG wasn't shown using in-game footage, but as one of Sony's "beyond holiday season" releases, it may not be in an advanced state. If we get any more information during the show we'll be sure to let you know.

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103 comments
Captain_Spoono
Captain_Spoono

holey crap pahtootie!!!! 256 man battles? this looks awesome but would this do better with xbox live?

Wardman101
Wardman101

Im really hoping this is gonna be good

DracoAlpha
DracoAlpha

i hope something like this ends up being how they set up chromehounds. choose an army and nation, and fight over territories pretty much. that was a cool design i thought, but always have to worry about greifers.

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

Game informer said that the release is going to be in the FALL.

athenian29
athenian29

This is the perfect example of a game where the "when it's done" release date is ideal. smile4killcam, I doubt they'll make you subscribe. That would be just dumb. And I shall say it again, I really hope that "Massive Action Game" is just a codename for the project. Acronyms are silly, and that one is particularly dismal.

smile4killcam
smile4killcam

Could be pretty fun, but not if u have to pay to play...

Sonic7777777
Sonic7777777

I agree with TheClown24. Its going to be really hard to pull this one off but if Sony does it, it'll be amazing. I mean come on. 256 players!! How could that not glitch up? Bullets and rockets flying every witch way. I'd rather have them take their time and have it come out later in the year then have them rush it and see it fail.

mezro01
mezro01

This is nothing compared to Planetside. MMOShooter. Hmmm might actually subscribe to that game again..

TheClown24
TheClown24

this game will be difficult to pull off, but if they do pull it off, it will be jawdroppingly good

Samagorny
Samagorny

how the hell will this work? how many servers and worlds? the 256 players wont work 2gether as a team, thers to many of them and ull always get the dicks that just team kill all the time. Does the game run in levels? times? how. this trailer shows nothing at all fu**ing rip. it says 1 world, so its an mmo........but how will the 16 million ps3 players be able 2 all play on this 256 player world? itll end up like runescape and onli a select few will be able 2 play it

jontay1
jontay1

lol at the guy who says PS3 has 24gb ram! :-) @richard...it has 512mb ram!

Richard7666
Richard7666

Er, joe...the PS3 has 256 MB of RAM. That's just less than one one-hudredth of what you claim. So yes, what you say indeed would be insane.

joe01754
joe01754

In theory this game should be fine. You can play 32 people on Socom 3 with a PS2 with a Ram of 32mb. Ps3's Ram is 256 mb That means with one player a mb ps3 should be able to handle at least 256 players, the structure of the RAM is very efficient Now that would be insane

chinaman_00
chinaman_00

please be good, please be good, please be good....

athenian29
athenian29

Two things. 1) Enough of the CoD4 haters. I'm pretty sure not even 9 months ago you were all drooling over it. 2) They sure as he!! better change the name.

The_Master101
The_Master101

I have mixed fellings about this. If Zipper pulls it off this could be one of the best online games ever. But this seems like the kind of game that would be really easy to screw up so I dont't want to get my hopes up

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

I hope it works because i need a good army game and none of them that are out now interest me.

weezyindamuluva
weezyindamuluva

whats wit da cod 4 haters? it was fun. but anyways if this isnt hindered by lag than this will be be the greatest online ever. i love my 360 but damn man they cant do ish bout this

PSWII60user
PSWII60user

if this game actually works, it has the possibility to be the greatest multiplayer game of all time. lets just hope it works.

Tremor671
Tremor671

I wonder if the guys at infinity ward are going to try and top this in COD6 (too late for COD WaW)... awesome looking game. Beta Please!!!!!!!!

dremora27
dremora27

Its about time.......A COD4 KILLER!!!! i got so sick of that game and now ima have a great game to take its place lol

shamba22
shamba22

so sick of people sayin that COD4 is gud, the maps are TINY!!! Battlefield bad company is so much better this looks insane though cant wait

biggama
biggama

this will be a true representative to war instead of a bunch of morons with acog rifles and grenade launchers on a map the size of my palm. in a 8 on 8 situation whre there is no strategy and bunch of loners like cod 4. so pumped to acutally play a war game. not a game full of wimps. it will kill cod 4. end of story.

Waffleman60
Waffleman60

Im tired of people playing Call of DUty 4 It annoys. Sheesh. Not even that great. Warhawk was great and Socom will be good but this will top all.

p5ilocyb3
p5ilocyb3

i was told that the dedicated servers will be able to handle 256 players. so no worries about lag. This is gunna be fukn great, i cant wait,...sounds like the developers are starting to tap into the power of the CELL.

xialon
xialon

256 players. 8 man teams. 1 world. Finally a game that will out-do Call of Duty 4 multiplayer. We are about to experiance a game like none other. Are we ready?

Spyder25000
Spyder25000

Zipper eh, SOCOM was a good game so i expect this to be very good one more nail in the 360

monkeyboss1
monkeyboss1

This is gonna be sweet! 256 players? d@mn!

Ballinup
Ballinup

This is called amazing! I cant even count to 256, yet there is a game allowing that many players!! how awesome!

Jackyll87
Jackyll87

256 ppl in an FPS is ridiculous. They should do an RPG and finally start MMORPGs on consoles,

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

i was getting resistance 2 only for the online but now im gettin both

Frag_grenade
Frag_grenade

Wow! My PS3 will definetly get some action now. Wouldn't be surprised though if they had to back the number of players down. 256 just seems rediculus.

scorch-62
scorch-62

I'd want to hear how they'll handle that much information going into the system... :? 256 players is a HUGE step from 60.

Tremor671
Tremor671

sounds good, hopefully they wont screw it up, knowing zipper they wont though. Frankly I'm hoping for first person, but with a cover system.

BoaMo121
BoaMo121

knowing Zipper this game will turn out good.

ctburesch
ctburesch

Looks real fun. Going to get it....

hXcShock
hXcShock

Darkpyrodelta, there's a good chance they may use a tactic similar to Battlefield : Bad Company. The only game mode they give that game is Gold Rush or attack and defend, and they set up the maps perfectly with turrets and vehicles in a way that makes it almost impossible for one team to swarm the other team, as long as the team has decent players. I hope its an attack and defend type of game mode, or just to have multiple types. Plus the chances of one team being overpowering the other is more unlikely with 128 players per team, there has to be at like like 60 decent players on each team I would think

RAFF172
RAFF172

i just hope its gonna be a third person shooter

Darkpyrodelta
Darkpyrodelta

Its a good concept but with that many people its probably just going to be a giant kill fest in the center of the map. I doubt the squad system will work. hopefully they'll be able to figure out a way to make sure everyone stays in line.

maverick_76
maverick_76

If this game does not lag, it will probably take over COD4 as far as my primary online game.

KillSwitch740
KillSwitch740

It totally could cause a bit of lag. But it doens't mean that it isn't possible to make this game without lag. Just depends if Zipper can do their job right. Which they would be one of the studio's that would be able to pull it off. Here's to hoping their isn't lag.

yodathewise
yodathewise

Am I the only one that thinks 256 players in one game might cause a bit of lag?

KillSwitch740
KillSwitch740

This game definitely has caught my attention. It looks like it has huge potential. But I am skeptical. 256 player battles, on a console. Sounds awesome, but also too good to be true.

njg2005
njg2005

EAT IT 360 FANBOYS. Zipper is about to do it again, i remember when socom came out and i thought that using mics was crazy now every game has it now hmmm....

aratios
aratios

DAMN... it's all i can say this looks awesome the potentail her is redonkulous