Punisher shows PSN No Mercy

Exclusive Unreal-powered first-person shooter headed to Sony's downloadable PS3 store courtesy of Zen Studios.

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Marvel Comics' The Punisher has starred in games made by Capcom, THQ, and LJN, but the gun-toting vigilante surprisingly has yet to find himself in a console first-person shooter. Hungarian developer Zen Studios is going to change that, as the company revealed today that it is developing an all-new title based on the ruthless vigilante, Punisher: War Zone. In an announcement on the official PlayStation blog, the developer confirmed the PlayStation 3 game would be distributed exclusively via the PlayStation Network.

Fun fact: Frank Castle believes in proper oral hygiene.

The game will be built on Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3, the same technology behind a wide array of current-generation titles, from Gears of War to Hour of Victory. Calling it "the ultimate FPS engine," Zen managing director Zsolt Kigyossy said the game would consist of arena-based multiplayer action. In addition to the Punisher, the game will feature a roster of supporting characters from the comics, including Jigsaw, Silver Sable, Bushwhacker, and Barracuda.

Kigyossy's post did not mention a release window for the game. However, there is a marketing tie-in opportunity coming up with the December release of Punisher: War Zone. As the character's third feature-film treatment, War Zone stars Ray Stevenson (Rome, King Arthur) as the newest Punisher, and Dominic West (The Wire, 300) as Jigsaw.

While Punisher: No Mercy will be Zen Studio's first foray into the first-person shooter genre, the developer has some previous experience with licensed titles. Zen developed the Xbox Live Arcade Rocky & Bullwinkle game, as well as a downloadable Rocky & Bullwinkle-themed table for its other XBLA effort, Pinball FX.

Discussion

67 comments
MX6_007
MX6_007

the punisher on the ps2 was great ihope this 1 comes on ps2 too

JediRobert54
JediRobert54

I cant wait looks like maybe might be best one yet. I have the last one for xbox. Still awsome to play.

hazuki
hazuki

Punisher been through 2 flop movies? The first movie with Dolph wasn't bad, it just didn't follow the comics very well. That movie was darker than the comics. Majorly.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Sounds kinda stupid, I do hope it turns out alright but an arena based punisher game?? If its good I hope they port it onto 360 though, the 3rd person punisher was pretty awesome for xbox. Although to be honest, the punisher seems like hes been through enough. Two flop movies even though one had John travolta and Tom Jane. And now another ones coming out, with two great actors, especially Ray Stevenson, but still it already sounds lame.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

I don't know thekey to me there really doesn't look like those 3 images give me enough to judge if it looks pitiful at this point. It does look interesting and im hoping it is good. Need more images, to early to tell.

thekey
thekey

Well lets hope this game is 1) Good 2) They make good use out of the unreal 3 engine 3)Has great replay value. Because right now those screen shots of this game look pitiful.

360player_eq12
360player_eq12

if it is like the punisher game that came out for the last gen systems im in.

Crystall3d
Crystall3d

i am missing "manhunt" 1 , that was a great third person killer

starkiller2008
starkiller2008

the punisher on the ps2 was great lets hope this is even better.

juggalo
juggalo

Suspicious....hmm. Last Punicher game on the last gen of consoles was a cracker! Finger crossed!

juggalo
juggalo

Suspicious....hmm. Last Punicher game on the last gen of consoles was a cracker! Finger crossed!

swamplord666
swamplord666

ummm... ok? will have to see the scores for this one

abuabed
abuabed

Another FPS? too many are coming in the next few months.

lewser5
lewser5

I'll wait to pass judgement on this, but their past effort doesn't bold well for this game. How did these guys get of hold this license in the first place?

Drz4tobate
Drz4tobate

THORINATOR Yuh are very right my friend!! never gave up either and wild others are already working on new systems we just starting to warm up.. Playstation will take its throne back anytime now.. is spell thrown out in number 2008-2009 PS3 Years of Supremacy!!LOL

Drz4tobate
Drz4tobate

Sounds good to me!!hope it give gears a challenge..lol epic is really good at FPS engines..

Drz4tobate
Drz4tobate

Sounds good to me!!hope it give gears a challenge..lol epic is really good at FPS engines..

thestickman
thestickman

Hmm... Have to see how it turns out.

EPaul
EPaul

Hmmm... intriguing

csqwared
csqwared

Doesn't look all that interesting :S. Looks like another PSN title I won't be downloading.

hillelslovak
hillelslovak

I wish they would have made the new Punisher game like the game for Xbox and PS2 made by Volition and THQ. I really liked that game, and I think it wont be nearly as good as an fps

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

it better be good since its exclusive usually psn gets screwed over with crappy downloadable games while xbla gets bombarded with quality titles not fair at all

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

only multiplayer??? No thanks, multiplayer only game = warhawk and nothing else, they will never make a game better than that.

normsta
normsta

ya...umm... what the hell!! the last third person punisher game was really good, they should have next-gen'd it instead... oh well one day the industry will learn...

EXxile
EXxile

If this game is higher than $15 then they are fools.

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

It would have to be something special...we've got enough AAA FPS on the way to PS3 in the next few months- farcry 2, resistance 2, killzone 2! The list goes on...PS3 is starting to Erupt- I always knew it would be worth the wait, our time has come!

GrimGravy
GrimGravy

guess we will see, if done right will be cool

Ticklethis275
Ticklethis275

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drumbreak1
drumbreak1

*sneeze* sorry everyone i'm allergic to epic fail

xmaganoox
xmaganoox

This game sounds utterly horrible. An "arena based" FPS using characters from The Punisher comic? A 3rd person action game I could understand, but arena based? And it's coming from a studio whose only notable games that Gamespot could reference were Rocky and Bullwinkle movie tie-ins? This game is going to be an embarassment

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

......could be good, or bad. Or Really bad. i expect something decent, or will till i see some gameplay/story scenes. also, why FPS? i really cant say i like most FPs....

ropumar
ropumar

how can this compete with SOCOM, Team fortress 2, Resistance2 or even unreal tournament for that matter? OH... and "soon" we get killzone 2! I don't think there is a a demand for a online FPS now. And even if is cheaper (altough using unreal tech will cost devs) online FPS is a genre for hardcore gamers, and they wont buy nor waste time on a lesser game.

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

hahaha and watch this game become one of the bests! take that 360! and it actually sounds like it would be cool game. im not a real punisher fan but a good action comic would most likely be a good action game. hopefully it wont suck. -__-

Ryan-06
Ryan-06

Is this gonna be a huge download? Might take me forever...

sp00nieluv
sp00nieluv

Using the Unreal 3 engine? That's going to rack up a pretty hefty price tag...

king_bobo
king_bobo

This should be awesome... if they get it right.

tiamat555
tiamat555

One of those 50/50 games. Either it will be very, very good or very, very bad.

PS3fan78
PS3fan78

Yes one more for the PS3, Cool can't wait. More exclusive for the Best Console.

jadefury27
jadefury27

judging by the screens is this gonna be a multiplayer only game?

Mau-Justice
Mau-Justice

Sweet! Sony will finally get some of my money.