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PAX Prime 2013: New ways to play Guns of Icarus Online

Guns of Icarus Online has some exciting additions that will expand the current skirmish mode to include co-op and adventure modes, and will also introduce fighter planes.

Coming soon is the co-op mode and a single-player mode. Where the original skirmish mode takes place on a dirigible, co-op mode has you flying four fighter planes against those piloted by artificial intelligence. Having a realistic flying model with the computer being able to wisely fly its planes is a top priority.

The adventure mode will introduce six factions, and you’ll decide which one you want to join. They have varying economic systems, live in different geographic regions, and have a unique ethos and outlook on life. Picking which faction you join is more than a matter of just looking at their ship and costume appearances, but deciding which one fits your personality.

Each faction will have a capital city you’ll be able to walk around in, along with many other towns with the ability to increase your territory. By doing missions for your faction, your reputation with them will increase, which will unlock further missions.

One of the potential problems with factions is that one or more could be more popular than the others. In Guns of Icarus Online, the factions are ruled by players, and they have the ability to ally with other factions—not just to wage war on common enemies, but to get needed materials. However, all alliances will be temporary because each faction is opposing each other in some way. Helping another faction can help you in the short-term, but it will also hurt you in the long-term.

The adventure mode will take place in a persistent online world, and while Muse Games is looking at offline LAN play, doing so will take a good deal of time.

What I like about adventure mode is that there are nearly limitless possibilities. While I was waiting at the booth, someone was throwing out ideas that he’d like to see added, such as the ability to add different types of armor to the airships that increase defense but reduce the speed or different sizes of balloons. Or cosmetic details like ornaments or painting the ship different colors. Or launching fighter planes from your airship to fight against your enemies. There’s no guarantee any of these ideas will ever get added, but I like knowing there’s no shortage of possible new features and directions the game can go.

The adventure mode will be a DLC update to the original game for $10, and has a planned release in the summer/fall of 2014.

Guns of Icarus Online is available for OS X, Windows, and the upcoming Playstation 4 as an exclusive title. You can learn more about Guns of Icarus Online on their official website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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