You have nothing to fear but free-to-play: F.E.A.R. Online announced

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The F.E.A.R. series has been contorted into a free-to-play online multiplayer shooter, developed by Korean company Inplay Interactive and published by MMOs-you've-probably-never-heard-of specialists Aeria Games. According the press release, F.E.A.R. Online (opens in new tab) "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." Messages like "Have you remembered to buy enough Aeria Funbucks?", perhaps?

Fear Online will find the time to "[further] the dark and ominous story surrounding Alma Wade", but I suspect it'll mainly involve shooting armoured dudes with guns. You'll be able to play as members of the Fear team or as the chaps from Armacham, and both co-operative and competitive modes are promised. Interestingly, Fear 3's Soul King multiplayer mode will be making a return, so if you liked that, well, you have something to look forward to. Perhaps.

You can sign up for the closed beta on the website (opens in new tab) . Fearsome announcement trailer below.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.