SAN FRANCISCO– September 25, 2008– Outspark, a leading virtual playground filled with online community-based games for all ages, today announced the closed beta test for its newest title, the free-to-play militaristic first-person shooter Blackshot. Aspiring guns for hire can register for a free Outspark account and apply for the Closed Beta Test now at www.playblackshot.com. The Test lasts from September 30 to October 5, 2008.
Blackshot hurls participants into a virtual war zone filled with fierce head-to-head action. As powerful nations compete for money and resources, players must take on the role of a mercenary and battle one another for status and rewards in the game’s dangerous environments. Featuring powerful weapons, lifelike characters and gritty urban backdrops, Blackshot’s intense multiplayer action is designed for gamers of all skill levels.
“We’re bringing an exciting new type of multiplayer game to our active community with Blackshot,” said Susan Choe, founder and CEO of Outspark.“This immersive and challenging first-person shooter will provide our members with a new way to compete against one another and have fun. Innovative features like the game’s player-versus-environment mode invite gamers to come and enjoy a quick battle or an afternoon of fun with their friends.”
Features of the Blackshot Closed Beta include:
• 4 battle-ready mercenaries to choose from
• 17 powerful weapons including assault rifles, machine guns and grenades
• 7 varied maps and 3 challenging game modes
• More than 30 pieces of armor to customize your character
To support the CBT launch of Blackshot, Outspark has partnered with IGN’s FilePlanet ( www.fileplanet.com) on a promotion to give away beta keys.“We’re excited to be working with FilePlanet for the Blackshot Closed Beta Test,” said Wilson Kriegel, Outspark Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.“As a premier online destination for high quality downloadable games, FilePlanet is the perfect partner for us to bring our latest game to market.”
Following the conclusion of the Closed Beta, Blackshot will be available to worldwide audiences with an Open Beta launch later this year.
Download the latest screenshots of Blackshot here:
Outspark is an entertainment services company that publishes and operates engaging online multiplayer games. Featuring a portfolio of immersive free-to-play games and related content, the company is building an online destination where members come for the games and stay for the community. Backed by Tencent, Altos Ventures and DCM, Outspark is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., with a subsidiary office in Seoul, Korea. For more information, visit http://www.outspark.com.
The Rose Group