Nexon America, in partnership with development studio Final Strike Games, is bringing its brand new first-person multiplayer shooter Rocket Arena to closed beta on PC.
In Rocket Arena, players are equipped with a blast meter that increases as they are blasted by rockets.
As the meter reaches its critical point, players become susceptible to being knocked out of the map, but will quickly return to the stage to stay in the action.
It promises dedicated matchmaking functionality and servers that account for skill level and latency when pairing players together.
“We developed Rocket Arena with high-quality gameplay mechanics, superb controls and the network code required of an online FPS. It’s a game that our team is exceptionally proud of, and look forward to playing every day.”
Kevin Franklin, Final Strike Games
The beta will take place from May 23rd to May 29th via the Nexon Launcher and Steam. The game will launch fully on Xbox One and PC, with a PS4 version to follow.
Rocket Arena promises to bring a ‘unique 3-on-3 cross-platform experience’ to the first-person shooter genre and features a roster of characters competing in quick five-minute matches in the Rocket Championship Tour.
Set in the World of Crater, Rocket Arena promises to introduce ‘special gameplay mechanics distinct from standard shooters’, featuring a bright art style, colourful weapons and abilities that utilise fanciful rockets in different imaginative forms.
Watch the reveal trailer here:
The game reveal has been positively received by the esports community, including prominent hosts, personalities, YouTubers and more, as you can see from the reactions to the announcement tweet. It’s generated more than 1,000 retweets and almost 200,000 views at the time of writing.
“We developed Rocket Arena with high-quality gameplay mechanics, superb controls and the network code required of an online FPS,” said Kevin Franklin, founder and CEO of Final Strike Games.
“Nexon shared our vision for Rocket Arena and provided the resources and expertise to realise our goal. The result is a game that our team is exceptionally proud of, and look forward to playing every day.”
The closed beta period features a selection of six maps, four game modes and six characters. Players participating in the beta will also be able to earn cosmetic rewards to use in the release version of Rocket Arena.
Players interested in participating in the exclusive Rocket Arena closed beta can sign up at http://bit.ly/pr-rocketarena-signup or find out more info on the Rocket Arena website.
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