NS Studio and Neowiz recently released Black Squad, their free-to-play shooter, onto the Steam store. The game is currently in Early Access and you can download the game right now to give it a whirl.
At the moment, the developers don’t have a schedule as to when they plan on releasing the game in full and graduating from Early Access.
This game is a pure throwback to the mid-2000s free-to-play Korean shooters that used to flood the market, such as Combat Arms, Sudden Attack and Operation 7 to name but a few.
They don’t talk much about what’s actually in the game, other than that they held a couple of beta tests, and that there are dedicated servers, no pay-to-win elements, and fast-paced both PvP and PvE elements.
You can see what the gameplay is like courtesy of a video featuring Korean pro-gamer Lim Eun-Jin.
Unlike a lot of other recent shooters, Black Squad online relies on hip-firing and kill-on-sight gameplay. You hop around, you pick your shots and you spam your grenades (when you have them).
This is way too 2006 for my tastes, but I’m sure a lot of gamers will enjoy having the opportunity to play a free-to-play first-person shooter that isn’t too taxing on their potato PC, all while not having to deal with pay-to-win cash-shop schemes.
The developers hilariously try to promote the title as having “realistic graphics” while also admitting it’s running on the Unreal Engine 3, which is a decade old now (although I presume they mean the Unreal Engine 3.5, which is the stable and more optimized version of the UE3). Either way, the game does not have realistic graphics. But if you’re looking to check out Black Squad and play something lightweight with your friends, you can do so by heading over to the Steam store page.
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