LucasArts unveils Fracture, a new brand of post-apocalyptic warfare

LucasArts reveals a new futuristic title for next generation consoles, and to everyone's surprise, it's not based on Star Wars.

This week, LucasArts unveiled the first details on an all new title planned for next-generation consoles. Although the publisher is most famous for its Star Wars line of games, this title will be an all new IP known by the name of Fracture. The game, which will be in the hands of independent developer Day 1 Studios (F.E.A.R., MechAssault 2), is scheduled for release on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Although the company didn't offer any details on what genre the title would be, screenshots and details seem to suggest it will be a first/third person shooter. What we have found out, on the other hand, are details behind the title's huge scale and operatic storyline.

The game will be set in an alternative timeline United States in the year 2161, ruined and decimated by earthquakes and polar-ice cap runoffs that have split the country into two halves. The eastern states have banded with the nations of Europe to form the Atlantic Alliance while the western half has founded the Republic of Pacifica by joining forces with Asia. Players will be cast into the shoes of Mason Briggs, a soldier in the Atlantic Alliance military whose skills in battle are enhanced with the use of numerous cybernetic augmentations. His immediate enemies will be the genetically engineered forces of the Pacifican armies.

One of the key features in this game is known as "Terrain Deformation", which will allow the player to use the environment itself as a weapon to use against oncoming forces. As the game's press release explains:

"When Briggs throws a tectonic grenade on a level battlefield, the ground blasts upward to provide access to an otherwise unreachable area. When he comes across what appears to be an impenetrable structure, Briggs utilizes the alt-fire functionality on his rocket launcher to create enormous craters to burrow underneath the wall. Surrounded on all sides by enemies, Briggs heaves a vortex grenade, creating a swirling tornado-like mass of boulder, dirt and debris to dispatch his foes."

Fracture is currently planned for release in the summer of 2008, and both GamePro and LucasArts will continue to offer more information on the title as the year progresses.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Brand Post

Shining a light on creativity

MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?