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Shattered Horizon dated for release

Shattered Horizon dated for release

Shattered Horizon has been dated for a November release with free DLC confirmed to come later.

Well, this is faster than we expected. Though we reported earlier, based on conversations at GamesCom, that Futuremark's low-gravity multiplayer FPS Shattered Horizon would likely see a December release if the recently closed beta went well, it seems that things went so smoothly that the release date has been moved up. To next week.

Shattered Horizon is now, according to a press release issued by the developer this morning, set for a release on November 4th. The game will be launched as a digital purchase only through either Steam or the official Shattered Horizon website.

The game is being released for €19.95 / $19.95 / £14.95, depending on territory - which is pretty reasonable for a multiplayer-only FPS, if you ask us.

The official site is now accepting pre-orders naturally, offering a 10 percent discount to those who book their copies now and a full 25 percent off to anybody who participated in the recently closed beta. As an incentive, anybody who pre-orders the game now will be invited to help test new level packs before they are released as free DLC at a later date.

Shattered Horizon was one of the games which impressed us most when we took a look at it at GamesCom earlier this year, both in terms of the uniqueness of the design and the considered art-style. It's impressive technologically too - one of the first games to require a DX10 GPU under Windows Vista or Windows 7.

That said, after some more extended playtime with the game we did feel that Futuremark was missing a trick by not developing a singleplayer facet to the game - but at least that is reflected in the price.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Centy-face 27th October 2009, 15:36 Quote
Despite the fact my system can barely run this I couldn't resist the £11 pre order price and I'm upgrading soon so should be A-OK.

The game itself is quite fun and at this price it's well worth it and I can say with almost 99% certainty that this will be a benchmarking game for hardware testing.
DarkLord7854 27th October 2009, 16:15 Quote
Requires a DX10 GPU? So that means it uses all the DX10 goodies? Oooohhh shiny... pre-ordered on Steam.
Digibull 27th October 2009, 16:41 Quote
Release date for the 4th? Wow that was unexpected. Go futuremark!

Specs:

Minimum Requirements:
Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10 on Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 / AMD Athlon64 X2 5600+
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870
GPU memory: 256MB
Hard disk space: 1.5 GB
RAM: 2GB
Sound: Windows Vista compatible sound card

Recommended Requirements:
Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10 on Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / AMD Phenom II X4 940
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / ATI Radeon HD 4870
GPU memory: 512MB
Hard disk space: 1.5GB
RAM: 2GB
Sound: Windows Vista compatible sound card

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Looks like another in a long line of excuses for an upgrade!
jim48509 27th October 2009, 16:47 Quote
Pre ordered.
DarkLord7854 27th October 2009, 16:50 Quote
I'm glad they're doing the DX10-only thing, but 5$ says people with DX9 will buy it and then get all butthurt that they didn't read the required specs.
iwog 27th October 2009, 16:56 Quote
This might be a stupid question but is the 8800GTS 320 better or worse then a 8800 GT. I know the GT is newer but I can never remember if its better or not. Dam NVIDIA and their crapshot naming.

EDIT: The Shattered Horizon website has a link to a "testing" page.
http://www.yougamers.com/gameometer/10360/
Unsurprisingly my work PC fails, but hopefully my home PC wont.
DarkLord7854 27th October 2009, 17:01 Quote
Ooh and it uses PhysX.. /excited
Matticus 27th October 2009, 17:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by iwog
This might be a stupid question but is the 8800GTS 320 better or worse then a 8800 GT. I know the GT is newer but I can never remember if its better or not. Dam NVIDIA and their crapshot naming.

I always thought the 320 and 640 versions used the older core and were either slower, or just (over) clocked less than either the 8800GT 512mb or the 8800GTS 512mb. I could be wrong though. Either way if they are the min specs, I don't even know if its worth trying it, for me anyway.

While I am glad games are making use of the newest hardware, it better look properly insanely good, if it doesn't then it is just bad coding and proves that we have temporarily hit a bit of a hardware plateau, in terms of the power we NEED.
DeathAwaitsU 27th October 2009, 18:42 Quote
Looks like i'll be playing this instead of MW2, £15? effing bargin if you ask me!
bogie170 27th October 2009, 19:01 Quote
Nice pre-ordered. Cheaper on Steam that at Futuremark!
themcman1 27th October 2009, 19:43 Quote
;)

Although I think I should get both discounts combined... :p

Will be ordering later me thinks - it takes a bit of getting used to but it fun.

Oh, and its pretty good looking.

http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/screenshots/shattered_horizon_ss_09.jpg
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/screenshots/shattered_horizon_ss_10.jpg

And a trailer....

http://www.gametrailers.com/video/raid-on-shattered-horizon/57737
[PUNK] crompers 27th October 2009, 20:48 Quote
yep a great price, i'll be joining the party later with this one i think. i can see this being used in comptetive matches tho.
frontline 27th October 2009, 23:44 Quote
Not a bad price for a multiplayer only game, pre-ordered on Steam.
DXR_13KE 28th October 2009, 00:28 Quote
I hate it when they convert $ to € directly...
Star*Dagger 28th October 2009, 05:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I'm glad they're doing the DX10-only thing, but 5$ says people with DX9 will buy it and then get all butthurt that they didn't read the required specs.

And I will laugh at them since they should have had dx10 capability 2 years ago!
Pookeyhead 28th October 2009, 09:08 Quote
So.. we'll get DX11 games just as DX12 hits the desktop :)
TWeaK 28th October 2009, 14:50 Quote
I was in the closed beta, and it is a pretty awesome game. Unfortunately I couldn't get the most out of it - my system's ancient and I'm not upgrading until January! :(

However, I can attest to the minimum specs - I've got a 939 Athlon X2 3800+ OC'd to 2.5GHz, 2GB DDR500 and an 8800GT 512 OC and I could hit a decent minimum FPS of about 25 - with everything turned all the way down mind. Don't have any solid numbers though, I kept forgetting to turn off the benchmarking while I was playing before the round ended! Definitely a fun game though.

Should also mention, if you've bought any 3DMark's over the years, order through Futuremark's website. If you do that, you can get 25% off - the same as the beta testers - through your ORB account. Just wish I could get all of the discounts - 10% preorder + 25% beta tester + 25% 3DMark customer = very happy gamer!

True gamers play in the z-axis!!
Kiytan 28th October 2009, 16:54 Quote
Been watching this for a while, it does look great, will order it as soon as i have the cash.

That sys req. site is rubbish though, asides from not having an i7 920 it also things my computer is way way below minimum. Which it most definatly is not
(i7 920, gtx 275, 6gb ram)
Star*Dagger 28th October 2009, 17:39 Quote
Pre-Ordered on Steam!

I am looking forward to returning to Space. Beware Humans, there will soon be a Romulan hunting you, and if history is any guide it will not go well for you!

Yours in Arms in Space Plasma,
Star*Dagger
impar 3rd November 2009, 12:44 Quote
Greetings!

Game developers/publishers seem to look at european gamers as cash cows who serve to subsidize US and UK gamers:
Quote:
http://www.yougamers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=115201If you live in Europe, not only are you are paying a fair price but you are doing more than anyone else to help us support Shattered Horizon with extra content, for free, after launch and for that, we thank you. In North America and the UK, gamers pay less but we as developers see less benefit too and will have to sell more copies to ensure free post-launch content for everyone.

Because, as you probably know, US and UK are under some sort of financial crisis that we, in continental Europe, are immune to.
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