Survival horror shooter franchise F.E.A.R. is going free to play, courtesy publisher Aeria Games and Korean developer Inplay Interactive.
F.E.A.R. Online, as its name would suggest, is an upcoming multiplayer-focused adaptation of the acronym-infested F.E.A.R. franchise. While the series has been out of the spotlight for a bit, it drew a substantial fanbase thanks to being a competent shooter and one of the more legitimately terrifying survival horror offerings in history.
This new online version supposedly continues the overarching story of Alma, the spooky little ghost girl behind all the scary bits of the F.E.A.R. franchise, though the official announcement of this title seems to indicate that it will favor multiplayer gun battles over terrifying set pieces. Specifically, the press release claims that F.E.A.R. Online will "focus on several team combat modes spanning over ten ominous maps packed with grotesque details such as still-twitching bodies hanging from meat hooks and messages smeared in blood."
As far as gameplay modes, while we're sure that neither Aeria nor Inplay has divulged everything we'll see in F.E.A.R. Online, the two firms have promised both competitive and co-operative multiplayer modes, and the return of the "Soul King" multiplayer mode which debuted in F.E.A.R. 3.
While there's currently no release date attached to F.E.A.R. Online, those of you who desperately want to jump back into this dark, bloody world can sign up to beta test the title by visiting the game's official site. Otherwise, while you wait for the arrival of F.E.A.R. Online, enjoy that clip embedded at top-right. It's the game's announcement trailer, so expect an unrealistically glossy portrayal of the eventual release.
Source: PC Gamer