E3 2014: Modern Combat 5 Blackout is a premium mobile shooter, not free to play

Gameloft's impressive mobile Call of Duty-alike takes the premium route, eschews in-app purchases and the trappings of free to play.

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Gameloft's Modern Combat series for mobile has been getting progressively more impressive with each new iteration. Modern Combat 5 Blackout is arguably the most ambitious yet, with assault, heavy, recon, and sniper classes with specific skills, team-based multiplayer, unified character progression across campaign and multiplayer matches, vehicle segments, and urban combat environments that include the streets of Tokyo and the canals of Venice.

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Although very much focused on recreating a Call of Duty style experience on phones and tablets (it will ship simultaneously this summer on iOS, Android, and Windows Phones) a notable omission from its initial release will be controller support. To begin with, it's purely a "sticks on the screen" affair. Though the iOS version, particularly, will not support MFI physical controls, the team at Gameloft hasn't ruled out the possibility of it being added in a future update.

The big news for core gamers with a distaste for in-app purchases though, is that this is purely a premium experience on mobile. It will be $6.99 when it launches, and that's it. No paying to boost stats, no premium extras. You just pay once.

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