Update: Free-to-play shooter coming from Sony

Update: Sony’s made if official with a press release. The game will be out on PC later this summer. Catch the key features below.

  • FPS Meets Free-To-Play – Free for download for the PC. Additional content is available for purchase in the in-game marketplace.
  • Reality TV Game Show Storyline – Players will have to fight for stardom or settle for 15 minutes of fame. Cameras and commentators capture all the intense FPS action, where style and showmanship earn “Heat” and fame on the road to stardom.
  • Eight Kill Skills – Unique abilities can be trained and unleashed during combat. Each brings in cutting-edge technology for players to use in their match and are unlocked as contestants earn Heat. These include damage heals, berserker mode, enemy-trapping robots, aerial ammo attacks, devastating mini-gun action, and more.
  • Active ReloadBullet Run moves fast, and your guns need to load even faster.  The game offers an Active Reload feature. When you hit ‘reload,’ a circular interface appears. If you hit it just right, your weapon loads much faster. But be precise; if you don’t hit the mark, your gun will jam.
  • Six Killer Arenas – A thrilling assortment of game maps for players to explore and dominate including industrial landscapes, tropical islands, desert wastelands, and more.
  • Fast-Paced Multiplayer Combat – Up to 20 contestants can battle on each episode in one of two game modes: Team Deathmatch or Dominion.
  • Character Stylization – Players have access to hundreds of ‘vanity’ items to customize their characters and style, earning boosts and experience points in the in-game Style system.
  • Weapon of Choice – Thousands of potential combinations per weapon from silencers and muzzle brakes to scopes, stocks and more allow players to fine-tune their weapon to match their gameplay preferences. Additionally, weapons decals and paint jobs will provide players true personalization.
  • Bring on the Heat – In-game progression is rewarded through exciting play; the more Heat, the more fans. The more fans, the more players level up their Fame. Taunt, slay, and humiliate opponents, increasing Heat and unlocking new skills and weapons.
  • Character Progression – Gain access to unique items and weapons as your character advances to new levels of fame (experience); you can also earn in-game currency to help improve and learn new skills.
  • Killing Community – Add friends, join them in matches, and chat privately via the ComCenter.
  • Additional Features – Nemesis System to identify the contestant constantly blocking your path to stardom; Taunt System with custom animations to help pump up the crowd; Quickplay option; Reload minigame, and more.

Original story: Sony Online Entertainment has a new multiplayer shooter in the works, a new report has it.

Forbes (via) writes that German development house ACONY Games is behind the project, destined to be a free-to-play offering with the setting of a reality TV show gone awry; players will be participating “in a fight to the death for fame and fortune”.

It’ll run on Unreal Engine 3 and is called Bullet Run. But whether it’ll be released for PC, PS3 or both remains unclear.

More details are expected at E3 in June. For now, here’s a trailer:

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