For those Insomniac fans out there, Fuse may be somewhat familiar to you. Formerly known as Overstrike, Fuse is a third person, four-player co-op game that is centered around a volatile energy source that has fallen into enemy hands. A terrorist organization known as Raven has gotten their grip on the substance, called Fuse, and Overstrike 9 has been dispatched to find Raven and stop a deadly arms race before it happens.
Each member of Overstrike 9 has their own unique Fuse-powered weaponry. Dalton Brooks, an ex-mercenary, has a Mag-shield which acts as portable cover and unleashes a devastating blast that liquefies opponents. Play as Jacob Kimble, and you can keep enemies at a distance with the Arc Shot and shoot charged bolts that chain react and fry enemies. As Naya Deveraux, you can cloak and flank enemies and fire out mini-black holes that implode it’s victims. Finally, as Izzy Sinclair, you can either launch out med beacons to heal fellow teammates or fire her Shatter Gun that crystallizes and explode nearby threats. Don’t worry, if you can’t make up your mind on which badass to choose, you can use the LEAP feature to instantly switch to any available character.
As you progress through the game by taking out targets with conventional or Fuse weaponry, you will earn valuable points that can be used to upgrade your weapons and characters abilities. You can also earn more points by executing co-op kills. These points and upgrades are beneficial across both the campaign and a new mode that Insomniac will later reveal.
Brian Allgeir, Creative Director at Insomniac Games, went on to explain “I’ve been at Insomniac for more than 13 years and was part of the development for the first Ratchet & Clank for the PS2. It’s never easy developing new gameplay, an engaging storyline, and new technology from scratch. But at Insomniac right now, we’re having a lot of fun both evolving and playing Fuse. I believe that telltale signs of a signature Insomniac game are in full force. We’re diligently working on making sure each character and gameplay mechanic is satisfying to play. Our story is filled with intrigue and contains exciting plot twists with a touch of classic Insomniac humor. And there won’t be a shortage of replay options thanks to our LEAP feature.”
Fuse will launch in March 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.