Ubisoft is bringing a unique blend of white-knuckle action and compelling strategy to mobile platforms later this year with the release of Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak. ShadowBreak promises to offer a unique blend of first-person shooter and real-time strategy elements in a unique gameplay offering that places you in the boots of an elite marksman in charge of a force of military specialists. Players will be waging a war against dangerous "Shadow Nations" by ordering their troops in tactical skirmishes while providing sniper support. Sounds pretty intriguing, right?
The action in ShadowBreak will play out in brief three-minute matches, during which you'll be expertly maintaining a balance between deploying troops to attack the enemy base, and moving your sniper between vantage points to take out key targets and defend your troops. As a sniper it's also your job to defend your own base from enemy encroachment, and take out the enemy sniper. You'll have a wide range of weapons, gear, and up to four different unit types per match, so you'll have to go into each round purposefully.
From the Ubisoft blog: “Our hope is that the balance between these two aspects is very tight,” says AJ Morales, ShadowBreak’s creative diretor. “If you’re a great marksman with an inferior troop loadout, you’re still going to have a strong avenue to victory. If you’re not as strong in your shooter prowess but have superior troops and strategy, you’ve still got a great shot at the win.”
Come for the gameplay, and stay for the loot. ShadowBreak will keep players hooked with a constant stream of reward crates, which will provide in-game currency and special cards which can unlick new weapons, troops, and gear. Additionally, both rifles and players' avatars will be highly customizable. You may, for example, unlock a special upgrade to your rifle which makes your scope harder to spot by opponents in PvP matches.
“A lot of the ingredients for success in ShadowBreak come not just from leveling up your troops, gear, and guns, but also from discovering and experimenting with different combinations of troops and equipment,” says Morales. “Because you have to roll out your attack while counteracting your opponent in three minutes, you’ll see situations where just destroying a single base is enough to squeak out a win at the buzzer.”
We're pretty pumped, and Ubisoft is committed to make ShadowBreak a success. “We’re hoping to give our players new modes, units, weapons, arenas, and more to keep them engaged and competitive for quite some time. For us, this isn’t a one-and-done scenario. Our team is in this for the long haul,” says Morales.
Players in Canada can find ShadowBreak on iOS and Android, while a worldwide launch is planned for later this year. Stay tuned!