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Warface, Crytek's free-to-play multiplayer FPS, launches on Steam

The free-to-play near-future military shooter Warface is by all accounts a decent game, if not a particularly noteworthy one. It's done well in Russia, but hasn't gained much traction in other parts of the world. Developer Crytek, which is rumored to be struggling with serious financial troubles , no doubt hopes that today's launch on Steam will turn the game's fortunes around.

Warface is a class-based shooter with a familiar premise: In the future, the most powerful military organizations in the world are under the control of massive corporations, and they don't always act in the best interests of humanity. You, naturally, must help bring these multinational conglomerates to heel as a rifleman, medic, engineer or sniper, fighting through multiple maps and game modes to earn in-game currency that can be spent on various sorts of weapons and equipment.

It's a fairly standard free-to-play formula, but Crytek is looking for big things from the move to the world's premier digital storefront. "Bringing Warface to Steam paves the way for a new audience to discover the game's engrossing cooperative and competitive action, completely for free," Franchise Director Hasit Zala said in a statement . "As well as putting the power of CryEngine to work, Warface draws on Crytek's FPS expertise to ensure players are immersed in the heat of battle."

Every studio wants its games to be hits but based on reports that surfaced in June, Crytek may be in serious need of big things from Warface: While it has repeatedly denied the reports, multiple sources have said that the studio has had difficulty paying employees in recent months. A rumor of a possible acquisition by World of Tanks studio has also made the rounds, although quickly denied that it was involved in any negotiations with Crytek.

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.