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'Battlecry' is a multiplayer action game without any guns

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Swords and steampunk

Battlecry sounds like yet another generic shooter, but it has the potential to be something much more interesting — a multiplayer action game without any guns. Developed by Bethesda studio Battlecry, the game takes place in an alternate reality where gunpowder has been banned, and warring factions are forced to do battle using swords, shields, and crazy-looking bows. There's even a brawler with a mechanical arm. It features many of the aspects you've come to expect from multiplayer shooters like Team Fortress 2, including different factions and multiple units to play as, but the lack of firearms could give it a very different flavor. It will support battles of up to 32 players at a time.

In addition to the unique setting, Battlecry also appears to be a bit more stylish than your average multiplayer action game. Its alternate take on a post-WWI world features a slick steampunk look, complete with strange technology and classy looking soldiers. Viktor Antonov, who previously worked on Half-Life 2 and Dishonored, will serve as art director. It's a more civilized take on the brutal nature of war — though one with plenty of blood. Unfortunately, it'll be some time before you get to check out its intriguing world: Battlecry isn't slated to launch until 2015, when it hits the PC as a free-to-play title.