In our Resistance 3 cover story, we learned a bit from Insomniac about how new protagonist and Hale killer Joseph Capelli will experience the ultimate test of survival in a world overrun by Chimera. While the team was able to share some information on the single-player experience, Insomniac remained tight-lipped about Resistance 3's multiplayer component -- until now. At GDC, Sony and Insomniac gave attendees a chance to experience Resistance 3's multiplayer for themselves.
Resistance 3 will feature Human vs. Chimera objective-based modes and deathmatches set in exotic locales outside the boundaries of the U.S. While previous entries offered larger multiplayer experiences with maximum player counts reaching 40 and 60 in Resistance 1 and 2 respectively, Insomniac decided to scale the number back to 16 (8v8) for a more focused and intimate experience.
I got a chance to try out a few rounds of team deathmatch mode (was randomly assigned as Human or Chimera each time) in a dilapidated prison located in the Republic of Chad. The action was swift and simple to pick up, and the reduced number of players on the field made it easy to find and make waste of opponents through a variety of means thanks to customization.
Before and during matches you'll have a chance to either customize or choose from a set of default loadouts that best suit your playstyle. There was a mix of Human and Chimera-influenced weapons to choose from in the demo including MSA2 Carbine, Bullseye (submachine gun), Rossmore (shotgun), and Deadeye (sniper rifle). Aside from the advanced weaponry you can also further customize your loadout with a number of active abilities that you can map to the left and right buttons on the d-pad that can give you an advantage on the battlefield. Here are just some of the abilities I saw:
Bubble Shield: Provides a static energy shield
Ammo Beacon: Gives ammo to teammates
Radar Beacon: Enhances your team's radar
Radar Decoy: Emits a dummy projection to throw off opponents
Lightning Shield: Temporary energy field that negates melee damage, stuns enemy
Doppleganger: Projects an image of your character nearby to distract enemies (see screenshot below). You'll know you're shooting a fake because the image will fizzle out when shot
Dash: Burst of speed to evade opponents
As part of Resistance 3's customization and progression system you'll earn points in multiplayer to unlock and upgrade these and other abilities. So for instance, you'll spend 1 point to unlock Bubble Shield, and then can upgrade it later for 5 points to increase the size of the protective barrier. There are plenty of opportunities to test different loadout combinations to keep multiplayer fresh and I look forward to seeing what other customization opportunities and multiplayer modes Insomniac will provide when the game hits retail.
If you're itching to get your hands on Resistance 3 multiplayer, Sony announced today that a beta will be available on PSN later this year.