Killzone: Shadow Fall gets more free DLC; jetpack announcement teased

A new free multiplayer map is now available, and jetpacks may soon be unveiled.

Developer Guerrilla Games continues to support PlayStation 4 exclusive FPS Killzone: Shadow Fall with new content, delivering another free map this week as it readies a "big announcement" involving jetpacks.

The latest free DLC release consists of a multiplayer map called The Canyon. Set on the planet Helghan, the map contains both wide-open outdoor areas and tighter, close-quarters areas. More interestingly, it introduces a new mechanic to multiplayer in the form of gravity wells. "Consisting of anomalous spaces where the planet’s gravity field is severely distorted, these wells allow players to 'fall' upwards to quickly reach different areas," explains the Killzone blog.

To download the map, you'll need to locate the map pack on the PlayStation Store containing Hanger and Cruiser; those two maps were released in early March and were also free. Guerrilla does charge for some DLC, but not multiplayer maps. The most recent example is the Insurgent pack, which was released in April and contained new weapons, abilities, and the titular Insurgent multiplayer class. Owners of the game's season pass received that content for free.

With this week's free DLC release out of the way, Guerrilla now plans on making an announcement of some sort this Friday, May 16. A tweet sent out by Guerrilla reads, "We are ready, how about you? #Killzone #SomethingNew #Jetpack," along with a short Vine video that appears to show a jetpack being used in the game. Jetpacks and exoskeletons were both left out of the game's multiplayer at launch.

"Their inclusion would introduce a wide number of new variables and exceptions to account for, and we want to focus on offering fair, reliable and consistent Warzone customizability," read an explanation from Guerrilla's Victor Zuylen last September.

It now looks as if Guerrilla has managed to get jetpacks working in a way it feels comfortable with. We should find out more about the particulars later this week.

Shadow Fall was released alongside the PS4 last November and by January had sold over 2 million units, which, at the time, represented nearly half of PS4 owners in the world.

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battlefront1943
battlefront1943

Unfortunately, KZSF was savaged by unfair reviews (expectations of "next gen" were impossibly high upon release)...  Although not perfect, KILLZONE SHADOWFALL is a good campaign with a G-R-E-A-T MP.  The only issue with this game is difficulty, it's generally hard upon first plays and takes teamwork.  COD (and even TITANFALL to a smaller extent) are faster and easier, but not better.  And thank goodness there aren't any singing children on-mic on KZSF!  

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

I had never played the KZ series before this game because I was on the 360 last gen. This game has made me want to go back and play the previous games and if they ever get ported to the PS4 I will get them. 



side note: I'm going full multiplatform. I will own the PS4, XB1 and PC. And the Wii U (if they drop the price on the Wii U).

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

Some people dont like this game because they cant simple go one-man-war/rambo all the time like they do on cod, this requires a lot more teamwork than said, and thats exactly why i preffer this game over most fps.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Meanwhile Titanfall Expedition dlc will be.....$10 bucks.

repetitious
repetitious

If You don't dip your potato chips, you're not a real gamer

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

One thing that is cool about this game is that some of the maps are straight out of the campaign. Unlike most shooter games than I play.  So if you have played the campaign  you immediately feel comfortable with the map.  I think they was completely over looked in the reviews for this game.

TacoTuesdays
TacoTuesdays

do people even still play this game? i know there isnt many to choose from but i don't see many online

Zelda99
Zelda99

Played the map, and its okay, too many camping spots for me. As for jet packs, as long as its not as powerful as it was in KZ3, i'll be fine with it. Just makes it easier to snipe people when their in the air, with no cover.

dani_i89
dani_i89

What's that? This 'Halo-killer' using a Halo idea? Still fails.

wdma
wdma

The post-launch support form GG is really great i made sure to reward you guys with my money 

jynxten
jynxten

The jet-pack DLC might be the upcoming co-op rather than multiplayer. The tweet a few hours before this one said, "Ready for something new?'

Jet-packs have been in KZ before so it might not of been referring to that.

Although it's also possible the two tweets refer to two different DLCs.

mariusturok
mariusturok

the game is not dead, far from it, i always play it and the servers are full

NTM23
NTM23

I'm putting this and a bunch of other games back on the PS4, because I fixed my home theater system for maximum immersion in terms of sound! :D Unfortunate news is that it was a small fix, but I was afraid at the time of breaking it, so I went out and bought a 5.1 sound bar; it sounded alright, and was more convenient in terms of cords laying around, but just not quite as nice, so it was pretty much wasted money there. I'm excited to experience games with my old system though. 37 minutes left of Killzone for the update, so I'll just play Second Son since that's finished.

huerito323
huerito323

Great news for the 5 people playing this game. 

mr_azim
mr_azim

Kind of dumb that those who bought the season pass are only getting useless character types/weapons.  Free maps isn't going to bring anyone else into this game..... they need to fix that awful multiplayer menu.

salmonsdontdie
salmonsdontdie

I think Shadow Fall is absolutely awesome. It's as if Team Fortress 2 and Battlefield had a baby. If you're a fan of team work and strategy, KZ is where it's at.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I hope this story isn't being told to counter Titanfall's paid DLC tomorrow which looks to be amazing. Because that would just be embarrassing.

LittleMac19
LittleMac19

This will be great for the 3 or 4 people that bought this.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I had a blast with the campaign, 12 hours on hard using lots of stealth. Super fun

Agret
Agret

@spartanx169x  on the other hand you will have people flaming them out saying they didn't even put effort into the multiplayer maps and that they were just lifted directly from the campaign so of course they are free! No matter what they do they can't win =P

jynxten
jynxten

@mariusturok  You'll always find a full server, sure, but there's only about 2,000 people on every night. I'm not sure if that figure is the world or just the region.

COD Ghosts gets around 100,000 a night and even that's considered to be dying.

It's a shame really, those figures don't reflect the reality. KZ is far better than COD and way more fun. I suspect people are turned off it because it's harder, more punishing and requires more skill, especially without auto-aim. It took me a while to really get into it, but in the end I've found it more rewarding.


spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@NTM23 A sound bar is great if your TV speakers are terrible.  But not a good replacement for surround sound in a lot of cases.

tom2750
tom2750

@huerito323  this game sold more then all exclusives on the Xbox one and i am pretty sure more then all PS4 exclusives as well so far so there is obviously a good amount of players

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@mr_azim Admittedly the multiplayer menu is a bit cluttered. But I always play the 24 player Warzone so its not a deal breaker.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@LittleMac19 They have sold 1.6 million copies to date which is equal to Titanfall .


Source: VGchartz.com for both.

tom2750
tom2750

@LittleMac19  this out sold every Xbox one exclusive HAHAHA go look up sales figures

hystavito
hystavito

@LittleMac19  I was kinda thinking that, not so much that few people bought it but that so many say they ditched it ages ago.  Personally I haven't touched it at all since not long after launch.


However, I think it's commendable that they are supporting it, and with free stuff, despite the fact that it's (seemingly at least) not very popular.

NTM23
NTM23

@eternal_napalm  Oh, it's you! I've seen you before, but forgot when some people the other day were calling you a tr0ll... Anyways, yeah, the campaign was alright, though had some surprising problems. negligible to you or not, I don't know, I find it weird that the Helghast animations were a huge step back as compared to Killzone 2 and 3's, almost to the extent it looked much like the first Killzone's. That's a small example. I don't hear much enthusiasm for the character, but I liked Echo. It seemed a bit cliche, but her morals made me care for her more than any of the other characters, and she was just voiced, or acted well.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@jynxten @mariusturokWhy does it matter if there is 2000 or 100,000, as long as there is enough people to fill the gametype you want to play. Not sure why people care  if 10,000+ people are playing or not.

mariusturok
mariusturok

@jynxten @mariusturok  diificulty.. yeah:)) i died like a bitch before i got the grip on it. The difficulty is enjoyable, actually pushes me to play, instead of cheesing everyone and feeling op every god damn time. Caution is advised even in campaign.

However even if there are 1000 people as long as you can still play it, it is not dead:)) 

I remember getting far cry 2 about three years ago on 360, now that was a dead game, no players at all lol, just some random guy from time to time, just like me, and we'd wait in line for a while before quitting.

huerito323
huerito323

@tom2750 Where did you get that false information from? No it didn't, and there is not a lot of players playing it. It's dead.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@NTM23 @eternal_napalmI really liked the main character even if a bit cliche.  Hated the ending for the main character. I was looking forward to sequels. Maybe a 3rd faction rising to fight both.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@spartanx169x @jynxten@mariusturokI play MOH:WARFIGHTER, a great, difficult, and  tactical MP and SNIPER ELITE V2 MP.  Both are hard as ___.  Few play them, but they're far from "dead" games (as many would call them).  Kids just don't like difficulty...  or anything demanding teamwork.  It's not the numbers of players, but passion of the returning players/community.

At least Guerilla has bots!  I have to applaud them for that.  When a community finally does fade (or when you get a bit tired of the personalities), it's great to have bots.  That's the sign of a great MP in my estimation. 

jynxten
jynxten

@spartanx169x @jynxten @mariusturok I don't care, but many obviously seem to. Every time someone says that Killzone is dead they cite the lack of people online as evidence.

To me it's not dead until there aren't enough people left to fill a server. Like Unreal Tournament 3 on PS3 for instance. There's like 5 devotees left playing.

Got to admire their commitment :D

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@huerito323 @tom2750As of May 3rd, KILLZONE SHADOWFALL has sold 1.66m.  TITANFALL has sold 1.69m.  They're virtually tied (and may actually be with downloads added).


Whatever the case, KILLZONE SHADOWFALL is a big seller and has a large potential MP base.  In fact, although the daily player count may not be extremely high, finding full games is not a problem, so...

... you're wrong in calling the game "dead."  Wishful thinking on your part?

wdma
wdma

@huerito323 @tom2750  Yes it did, Killzone SF sold over 2M as of January 2014
Forza 5 sold over 1M as of February 2014 so yeah Killzone SF is the best selling exclusive of the new-gen so far whether you like it or not 

jynxten
jynxten

@spartanx169x @jynxten @LittleMac19  The multiplayer is more than just decent. It's one of the most fun, balanced and solid shooters out there once you get past the initial steep learning curve.

It's a shame more don't make it that far before giving up.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@jynxten @spartanx169x@LittleMac19  don't know about the bundling.  Sure it would sold. It impossible to guess how many so I won't speculate. People buy crap games all the time and this game is not crap its decent.  Given the quality of the visuals and the multiplayer is decent It would sale.

jynxten
jynxten

@spartanx169x @jynxten @LittleMac19  No it's not. The argument was that Killzone has out-sold any and every Xbox One exclusive. Titanfall is not an Xbox One exclusive so it doesn't count.