Fuse has no online pass or microtransactions

Insomniac Games also reveals a demo for upcoming shooter will be available ahead of launch.

Insomniac Games has confirmed that its upcoming team-based shooter Fuse will not have an online pass or microtransactions. As part of a FAQ on the game's website, the developer urged consumers to purchase a new copy specifically because there are no micropayments.

"You should still buy it new to support us because there are no microtransactions to make up for it, though," the developer wrote.

Online passes and microtransactions have become commonplace with big-budget titles. Recent high-profile release like Gears of War: Judgment, Tomb Raider, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Dead Space 3 all offer microtransactions.

Insomniac also revealed that a public demo for Fuse will be available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation closer to the game's release on May 28.

The story for Fuse goes that the United States government has spent many years experimenting with a secret alien substance called fuse, which when combined with earthly materials, is used to create devastating weaponry. A rogue paramilitary organization elects to steal the fuse technology, and a task force (the player) is called in to track it down.

The game was announced during the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, when it was known as OverStrike.

For more on Fuse, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Want the latest news about Fuse?

Fuse

Fuse

Follow

Discussion

145 comments
Sheik2
Sheik2

Now I WILL pay 60 bucks for this game the first day if I can. Ask me if I ever bought battlefield 3 or resistance 3, even nowadays that they are less than 20 bucks. Some companies actually learn... FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED!!!

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

i heard this game is the spiritual successor of resistance 2 co-op mode, r2 coop was easily the best co-op experience i had on my ps3 so this is one of the titles im looking forward most this year , will buy 2 copies on day1

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

Nice of them, I may just buy it new if I buy it at all.

BiohazardXTREME
BiohazardXTREME

Game looks fun. Looks like what Resident Evil is trying to be these days, but with much more interesting characters.

RossRichard
RossRichard

You know it's sad when this is news.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Not sure if it's my kind of game, but I will give them credit where it is due. They have a lot of faith in their game. No online pass or microtransactions is a sign of that. However, there are some other trends in gaming we need to be aware of such as the always online requirement. Anyway, I hope things work out for them, since I want to see anti-consumer trends die.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Still looks bland and uninteresting compared to the original reveal.

oskuuu
oskuuu

no online pass or microtransactions? sounds like good game :)

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

This game actually looks okay. It can't possibly be any worse than the Resistance series. 

corrus
corrus

That game will be shit anyway

Arthas045
Arthas045

I like how this is news...... 

toshineon
toshineon

That's good of them. It's sad that this even has to be news, is this what gaming has been reduced to?

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

This is good, but it's quite sad that such statements are now viewed as something noteworthy. It should be standard.

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Insomniac betrayed us. They went to the dark side.
EA.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

"You should still buy....".....no, YOU should use original style as being more original one, instead of playing ball. 

pip3dream
pip3dream

Cool!!  A new military shooter!!! It's been a while since I've played something like this!!!

kirbymaster5
kirbymaster5

This shouldn't be newsworthy, it should be the bare minimum. Next article: "[game] actually works when you put it in"

shingui5
shingui5

*looks below at comments*
 damn, it's easy to win over some people o.0

P.S. is that Jennifer Hale as Naya from that vid at bottom?

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

Looking good! I'll support them and buy the PS3 version.

Gomtor
Gomtor

Looking forward to this.

PDXmauler97
PDXmauler97

I bet it'll be a fun game but won't get great reviews.  I probably won't buy unless there is a PC release.

ZeroDivision
ZeroDivision

Something tells me that picture is a giant spoiler. Now we'll totally see the giant laser lumberjack boss coming when we meet the lumberjack.

LEGOslayer
LEGOslayer

Nice try EA, this doesn't make up for turning Overstrike into this generic garbage.

LiquidOcelot145
LiquidOcelot145

an EA game... with no online pass... or microtransactions...?

ERROR. ERROR.
DOES. NOT. COMPUTE.

ninja-legend
ninja-legend

That is a good move. I do like Insomniacs games. Resistance 1 and 3 were pretty good. And I'm ok with a few big dumb action games like MGS Revengence, Vanquish, and DMC. As long as they stay Sci-Fi and not go the whole Call of Duty: A warfighters medal of honor on the battlefield cliche of "Stop the terrorists! They are hurting  'merica!", I am ok with the brownish 3rd person shooter. I'll just wait for a few reviews to make sure it is still gameplay first for Insomniac. I do wonder why the change of color pallet. It went from a vibrant look to a more Resistance look.

WDBmasamunezero
WDBmasamunezero

Wow what a boring looking game, can't really seeing this game sell wel, its funny tho overstrike trailer looked far more promising then this puke that prolly EA made them do.

Shame tho i Always liked Insomniac games.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

As much as I love Insomniac Games and its good to hear they won't be cutting on us for money, I honestly don't have alot of hype for this game. I mean I used to when it was called Overstrike and that felt like it was witty/goofy game which was fantastic. Fuse . . . just feels like it wants to be too serious and wants to try too hard to impress. I could be wrong but thats just the way I feel about this one. Good luck though Insomniac Games. 

FarQall
FarQall

Another generic shooter zzzzz i saw nothing new or exciting. Games are starting to bore me and its annoying.

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

ugh, just go back to making Spyro games please.

X-Robert
X-Robert

No Online pass or microtransaction can make the news, alas, the world we live in.

brxricano
brxricano

Damn, shake that cup a little harder! Nobody wants your 80's movie cliche.

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. You mean to tell me that the game, formerly known as Overstrike, has turned into this? When it was first shown at E3 2011, I remember that trailer and it looked original and fresh and different from the current set of shooter games. Not to mention, it's Insomniac's first multiplatform game. I didn't know this was the same game I was following. It looks WAY different from what was first shown. *sighs* DAMN YOU EA!!!

inginuity
inginuity

@Kyrylo What? Playing ball? They're not "playing ball" with anyone.

pip3dream
pip3dream

@Thomasgreen1328 holy shit, FUCK OFF DUDE.  Your spamming every thread with your bullshit crappy game is not helping your cause.  Read the kickstarter rules about spam you nut job.

Fastphase1
Fastphase1

@LEGOslayer Insomniac did the change themselves. The publishment deal doesn't give EA any right to intefere. It's the basis of the EA Partners which gave us gamers games like Brutal Legend, Shadows of the Damned and, surprisingly, physical version of The Orange Box.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@LiquidOcelot145 Probably require a constant internet connection, which is a shame. However, if it doesn't, I hope it succeeds. Companies shouldn't be biting the hands that feed them, and if Fuse is an experiment on what happens when you treat customers right, success could result in a change of business practices.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@LiquidOcelot145 

It doesn't compute because this is not an EA game. EA is just publishing it and has as much input in development as they did in such titles like Rock Band, Rage, and Brutal Legend under the EA partners. It be best to understand what is evil and what is not. I hope this game works out for Insomniac which has had a very hard time this generation.

LEGOslayer
LEGOslayer

@Fastphase1 EA picked up a nearly complete Brutal Legend after Activision dropped it and they only handled the fucking awful PS3 port of the Orange Box. Nevertheless whomever made the idiotic call to change the game from interesting to boring won't win me back with this.

the_requiem
the_requiem

@i_like_pie223 True that. It also means that anyone who doesn't support this game lose their cred next time they complain about imagined rules of video game design, unless they just don't play shooters.