Earthbreakers Is A New FPS From Ex-Westwood Studios Developers
Petroglyph Games, the studio that formed from the ashes of Westwood Studios after EA closed it down, have revealed a new project, Earthbreakers, and it’s a spiritual successor of sorts to Command and Conquer: Renegade. Petroglyph is currently working on a spiritual successor to Command & Conquer: Renegade, Earthbreakers. Earthbreakers is a FPS/RTS hybrid in which players will have to protect their harvesters, build factories and vehicles, and assault the enemy base.
The first trailer above looks good. The cel-shaded art-style is colourful and vibrant, and, honestly, it’s refreshing to see a brand new multiplayer shooter that isn’t in any way Battle Royale related. The talent is certainly there for this to be something special, if it works.
According to Earthbreaker’s Steam page, the game has two factions, each of which contains 12 FPS infantry classes, 11 structures, nine of which teams must coordinate to build, six driveable vehicles, targetable satellite superweapons and multiple maps that support up to 32 players per team. Remind you of anything? Earthbreakers sounds a lot like the multiplayer mode for Command & Conquer: Renegade, an FPS / RTS hybrid spin-off of the main Command & Conquer series developed by Westwood and released in 2002. Renegade’s multiplayer mode divided players into two teams: GDI and Nod, with each team starting with their own base. Players could buy vehicles and character classes, with the goal of destroying the enemy base.
The game will use a team purchase system to build an RTS style base. Each building unlocks new infantry classes, vehicles or upgrades depending on the structure built. Furthermore, the game will have multiple classes and a number of vehicles that players can drive.
Up to 32 players will be able to participate in a single match, and the studio will have support for player-hosted servers as well. It appears Steam Workshop support is also planned.
It remains to be seen whether fans of the old Command & Conquer games will jump at the opportunity to play Earthbreakers when it releases in 2020. You can wishlist it on Steam now.