Huxley Updated Impressions - Combat, Skills, Characters, and Cities

We take a guided tour of this Unreal-powered massively multiplayer shooter.

We recently had a chance to take an updated look at the PC version of Huxley, the sci-fi massively multiplayer shooter from developer Webzen. The game will take place on a futuristic Earth split between two factions, the sapiens (the futuristic version of humans) and the alternatives, both of which face threats from hybrids (monstrous crossbreeds between the two races). You'll play as a futuristic soldier belonging to either the sapiens or alternatives factions and will win victories for your nation in real-time first-person shooter battles.

Huxley will offer massively multiplayer action in a war-torn version of future Earth.

In the game, you'll play as one of three character types, or "battle styles": the enforcer, the game's heavily armored, close-range profession; the avenger, the game's medium-armor assault class; or the phantom, the lightly armored sniper-and-scout class. These professions will determine which types of armor and weapons you can use from Huxley's nine different weapon classes, which will include machine guns, shotguns, sniper rifles, and rocket launchers, as well as more esoteric weapon classes like the ballistic "flinger" and the energy-based optical rifle. Producer Kijong Kim suggests that the action in the game will be a bit closer to the arcade-style action of the Quake series than the methodical pacing of the team-based Counter-Strike, though Huxley will have elements of both games.

To go with all those weapons and armor pieces, Huxley will use a paper-doll inventory system that shows which piece of armor is equipped on which body part on your character. In addition, each armor piece your character finds or buys can be slotted with an upgrade that grants an additional skill to your character. The game will apparently have more than 100 skills at launch; these skills represent the kind of powerful advantages you'd expect to pick up as a bonus item in a competitive first-person shooter, such as the ability to sprint quickly, to cloak yourself by turning invisible, to double-jump, to tackle enemies with a melee attack, and some unusual skills, such as becoming immune to headshots (highly damaging, direct weapon hits to your character's noggin) and automatically detonating your corpse as a blinding flash grenade when you fall in battle. Therefore, the game will have a strategic element as you swap different skill-infused armor slots into your character's inventory to prepare for different battles in which, depending on the situation, you may need to be stronger, faster, or sneakier than your adversaries.

While you'll likely start your life in a safe city, which is also where the game's weapon and item crafting will take place, you'll eventually find yourself on a battlefield, duking it out against computer-controlled hybrid monsters or players from the opposing faction. Currently, the game is planned to launch with two major cities (one for each faction) and eight smaller cities, along with about 80 battlefields, each of which can house up to 200 players at once. We were shown numerous concept-art images that depict battlefields based on ruined real-world locations, such as waterlogged harbors and half-destroyed skyscraper complexes. We also had a chance to see a prototype battlefield in action, which resembled a craggy series of foothills at night, crawling with sharp-toothed, multi-eyed hybrids.

For much of the game, you'll spend your time either fighting actively in competitive battles or performing the game's many quests, which will take the form of story-based tasks, field quests, and large-scale "raid" quests with large groups of other players. The developers at Webzen plan to encourage players to play together by letting them form small squads of up to four players each, larger platoons with five squads each, and finally, companies, which include five platoons (with a total of up to 100 players in each).

Groups will also be able to fight battles on the game's battlefields, either in traditional shooter modes such as freeform deathmatch, team deathmatch, and capture the flag, as well as the game's radar domination and part pickup modes. Radar domination requires two opposing teams to try to capture and hold various radar towers throughout the map by holding the area nearby, similar to the Battlefield series' conquest mode. Part pickup requires teams to scavenge various robot parts on the battlefield in a competitive race to see which team can assemble a gigantic mech first. When you pick up and carry a part, you'll act much like the flag carrier in a CTF game--if you're taken down, you'll drop the part and give the enemy a chance to recover it.

The game will also have a lot of shooting. A lot.

Apparently, battlefields where players fight against the monstrous hybrids will allow up to 64 players at once, while competitive battlefields will allow up to 200. Certain battlefields will allow only player-versus-monsters battles, while some may allow monster hunting and competitive play at once. Both quests and multiplayer battles may take place in battlefields with various multiperson vehicles--these vehicles will spawn in and out of the game, similar to the vehicles in the Battlefield series, though opposing teams can hack one another's vehicles to steal them away.

Though the game still has many months to go before launch, it already looks quite impressive thanks to the powerful Unreal 3 technology under its hood. The early prebeta version of the game we saw in action featured expansive outdoor areas for cities with highly detailed character models for players wearing bulky power armor and carrying futuristic guns. The battlefield environments we saw were also quite huge and had varied layouts, such as the quest area we saw that lay just below the ruins of a massive city, split by a river that could be forded only by blasting a ruined train car from above to collapse down into the water to form a bridge. Huxley looks very promising and highly distinctive, and the game should launch sometime later this year for the PC and Xbox 360.

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399 comments
Gabsta007
Gabsta007

All of the vids on youtube look aweome, but this is gonna be a drag, espetially for people who don't have internet on their Xbox360's

sruss82
sruss82

TERRIBLE. Play the Beta and you will see. Its like a UT3 RPG. Which sounds cool at first, but then really just blows.

MEandclank9
MEandclank9

anyone know the exact date this game is coming out?..it looks awesome

wolf0
wolf0

what i had a ps3 its online sucked and if $50 a year for a good serivice is alot for you might need to get a new job

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

slim come now you know ps3 has BETTER online serivice and 50$ a year adds up

rsv1995
rsv1995

i went to the website, its releasing in Q2 2009 we're going to see blood everywhere

RockonGOW
RockonGOW

i think it got delayed but is surpose to come out soon

w4rgasm
w4rgasm

was this game canceled or what? I haven't heard anything about this game since this article came out nearly two years ago.

RockonGOW
RockonGOW

Look good, i can't wait to try a huge battle with my mates

godlegend
godlegend

this game sounds like a chance for the old planetside fans to maybe get those great feelings back, but it quite honestly doesn't look like it woilld be as good. Quest? TDM? NPCS!?!?! What happened to having continents that were persistent battlefields with tanks, planes, troopships, capturable bases, pretty much real warfare, oh wait, that was planetside. Luckily I think you can at least gain control of the battlefields and make progress along the map, I know I've read somewhere that your actions will have affects on the game world which hopefullys means you can capture and gain territory. I'm just sad that this isnt going to be like planetside, us planetside fans want a planetside 2 so bad.

SheepdogXpress
SheepdogXpress

Why do ppl complain about having to pay a fee for Xbox Live? It costs less than $50 for a full year lol. I would rather pay that than have a free online service that sucks the big one O.o

maximaxi4eva2
maximaxi4eva2

Vrygar777, i actually dont know ANYONE who likes mining, fishing, cooking etc... IT IS BORING! the only reason you do it is to get money and useless XP. Unless you would like to create a game called "World of jewelcraft", or maybe even "Age of useless chores like mining that for some reason Vrygar777 just cant get enough of"

PieCrusher
PieCrusher

This game sounds awsome and it should run smoothly because of the unreal engine.

Vrygar777
Vrygar777

I've played a Webzen mmo called "forsaken mu." Its a pretty decent game, although all you do is fight. I'd say that that will be the same situation here. If you like to mine and do non-combat oriented stuff, steer clear of this game. If you like constant combat, this game will more than likely be up your alley.

spartanlaser
spartanlaser

This game is like fallout 3 and borderlands combined post apocolyptic and guns.....HOORAY!

jknight5422
jknight5422

For strange reason, I thought this game had already been released & had flopped. I didn't know it was also on the Xbox 360. So now it looks like we'll have two MMO's to choose from. Keep in mind that the MMO servers will likely be owned by the game's publishers AND not Microsoft. You may not even require a Microsoft Xbox Live account in order to join the MMO server. So that will kill any complaints about having to pay twice in order to play the game.

WiRedLiVE
WiRedLiVE

mmos take alot of time. you've got armor, body types, fields, enemies, and player capacity, you cant rush it if you do, youll have too little to do in the game wich equals BORING

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

i think if there is a fee for playing MMO's MS should pay it with all our XBL Gold membership fee's, that would be a master stroke on MS's behalf as it would silence all the people slating the 360 for "having to pay to play online". I really beleive that would make MS untouchable in the Online stakes!.... Just my humble opinion.

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

200......players.....in a FPS.........fighting.........at the same time............'pees self'

stormwalkerx
stormwalkerx

Maybe they are waiting whit the release until age of conan.After the release of conan, they will get it out on the market and then nobody wants conan:P

Luchance221
Luchance221

Wow is this ever going to come out... IT'S MARCH NOW.

King_Wii
King_Wii

I've gota ask is this game ever going to come out, if you watch some of the videos they say "Huxly is going to kick ass in 2006"... umm its 2008 lol. It looks interesting but to be honest this game has been in development for a LONG time, it would be nice to see a MMO on Xbox 360 (other than FFYuck and PSUninteresting) but it looks like Conan at this rate may very well beat Huxly to the punch.

Iam_sparticus
Iam_sparticus

Interesting game with a LOT to live up to, am a bit worried about the issue of lag on such a huge game. Which of course should be not existent if they intend users to pay extra online fee.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Mmmmm looks very promising I would look forward in obtainning something like this even if you have to pay per month for online stuff I would gladly do it if its worth paying for unlike psu or ffxI....

SHReK987
SHReK987

im pretty sure most mmo dont need gold to play just silver because they have a different server, as long as you can conect to the internet. and these games are worth to pay monthly. instead of buying about 3-12 games a year you get one for 3 years and then there is always expansions

roryk666
roryk666

im sure there will be an monthly fee (on top of xbox live gold membership) , its how high profile mmo's make money.

spanoly14
spanoly14

If this game does cost any money to play online then I probably wont buy it, but if its gona be free this is a must get game thats on my list

Shishio817
Shishio817

Even though I'll still get it if there's a monthly fee on Xbox, I hope there isn't.

jknight5422
jknight5422

I'm sure there will be a monthly fee for the game. It states it's an MMORPG. I'll still pay to play it though..not sure why that is considered a problem for some people.

morgankemeys
morgankemeys

This game could be awesome. But i just hope they work out all the kinks and release it when its ready. I could also see this game having lag and connection issues unless servers where provided by Microsoft or Webzen

ArizonaRoach
ArizonaRoach

Just release it already, if I have to w8 any longer I'm gonna chew my own arms off!!! Grrrrrr...

l3asher
l3asher

Xbox - free computer - 10$ a month

backbreaker98
backbreaker98

will this cost extra like world of warcraft or will you only have to pay for the regular xbox live gold

own1xon
own1xon

planetside when it first came out>>>>huxley. sucks now but when it first came out it was great. If I had the money I would remake planetside.

ryanritter
ryanritter

This game looks so cool. If theres subscription fees for the 360 version, i'm going to forget about this game forever.

2005wrxsti
2005wrxsti

PC & 360 owners playing against eachother....very good news, this means easy targets for us PC owners! Wahoooo!

x_kenney_x
x_kenney_x

this is still going to be on the 360 right. looks and sounds cool.

cyberkap-JL_QGJ
cyberkap-JL_QGJ

I expect there's barely any news because they are still trying to get it to work well. Super huge battles like that in high detail without noticeable lag is a tall order. Or they want to go BAM right before they release.

jasonmasico
jasonmasico

MMO.Gears of War graphics, Unique Gameplay,AWSOME!!!!!!!!

Andrew0824
Andrew0824

Whatever happened to this game? I remember hearing a lot about it a year or 2 ago, then nothing.

Beesond
Beesond

Good Greif I want this hella bad. Hope my comp can run somewhere near full, this beast is getting old.... and there is gonna be 100 vs. 100 battles? Jesus &*$&*$ *&*#ing Christ!!!

sousuke223
sousuke223

im hoping this games still coming out this year because i cant wait for it i personally will probally get it for pc and if its like quake 3 arena its gonna be so sick and the 100 vs 100 and the special powers just add to how good this game will be

jasper205
jasper205

This is the single biggest hype of MMOFPS which is a acomplisment in it self and considering the PC AND 360 owners will be able to play together I have one thing to say...... I Call Shot gun!

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

must...own...this...game....now!!!!!! well i wonder how the internet connection works like a charm or bunches of lags goin on...