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Resistance: Burning Skies Reveals Survival Mode

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been talking a lot about the highly anticipated multiplayer mode for Resistance: Burning Skies for PS Vita. Supporting up to eight players over WiFi with a robust arsenal of powerful weapons and the precision and accuracy that come with dual-analog controls, Resistance: Burning Skies is sure to be the best FPS multiplayer experience available on a handheld. We’ve already lifted the lid on the first two modes, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch, and just last week at an event in San Francisco we revealed the title’s last multiplayer mode, Survival Mode, an intense power struggle between humans and the gruesome Chimera.

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Survival mode pits the players against each other in a race to the finish where only the strong survive. Here’s how it works: in a battle of humans vs. Chimera, six players start as humans and two as Chimera. As the Chimera players make a kils, their human victims are resurrected as Chimera so the balance slowly shifts. As the battle continues, the winner is the human player who lasts the longest in a match. We keep a timer running as you play so you can track your progress.

We really wanted to offer something that was unique to Resistance, keeping with the franchise’s theme around humanity’s struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. We wanted the game to start relatively simple for the humans and then become increasingly harder over time, much like the way the Chimera invaded Asia, then Europe and then America in a flood. Previous Resistance games have had modes similar to this, but Survival is our own special twist to create a new mode that focuses on the balance of power changes. Sure, the humans initially have the upper hand, but as they fall, they fuel the other team. We’ve had several matches in the office that have spectators cheering on the lone surviving human. Everyone knows it’s just a matter of time, but finding that last person is a total adrenaline rush!

We’ve been having a lot of fun developing and testing this mode, and we’ve collected a few tips and tricks along the way that might help you survive a little longer. The first thing, and actually contrary to traditional MP gameplay, is that staying still actually works to your advantage. You might want to try and get behind players so as they start searching an area, you can actually hop back against their search pattern. Dark areas are your friend! We’ve also found that you don’t want to hide next to areas like steam vents because, although obscuring, the motion tends to attract attention. Here’s another tip; always go for the head. The ability to quickly neutralize your opponent and then move on is a huge advantage. This may be hide-and -seek, but your prey is armed! Don’t hang around after you’ve killed someone, bodies are pretty obvious signs that someone is nearby.

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Resistance: Burning Skies - Multiplayer Booster

In addition to the Survival details, we’re also here to let folks know that we’ll be doing a pre-order bonus for Resistance: Burning Skies, and it’s going to give you a pretty nice advantage as you start your own multiplayer experience. When you pre-order Resistance: Burning Skies at participating retailers, you’ll receive a special bonus that gives you a jump start straight to level five in multiplayer. This should be enough experience for you to unlock your first grenade upgrade (the Hedgehog, which can be used as an area of effect weapon of destruction or placed like a landmine for unsuspecting victims to stumble upon) as well as your first weapon upgrade. In addition to the MP booster, we’re also giving you three character avatars based on Burning Skies’ lead characters Riley, Ellie and a Chimera, along with a custom PS Vita lock screen theme. Hopefully, this will be all the head start you need to pown your friends.

Let us know what you think of the new Survival mode.

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Phala1234 23 April, 2012 @ 4:10 pm   1

Nice! At first I tought it was going to be a survival co op mode where you fight against waves of AI. But this reveal sounds way more interesting then what I thought. Can’t wait.
And it looks like it will be physical copy for me I guess. Time to go pre order :)

nukester 23 April, 2012 @ 4:11 pm   2

what selected stores do we get the extras from. i definitly getting this on day 1

willbillbill 23 April, 2012 @ 4:16 pm   3

Interesting mode, looking forward to giving it a go

LAClennell 23 April, 2012 @ 4:24 pm   4

might actually have to pick up a vita now :D

i hope the story will be as amazing as Resistance 2 & 3 :D

LAClennell 23 April, 2012 @ 4:29 pm   5

Its funny – Resistance Fall of Man made me get a PS3, so it would be no surprise if Resistance Burning Skies makes me get a Vita :P

almighty-slayer 23 April, 2012 @ 4:35 pm   6

That sounds pretty fun. Can’t help but think it would be more fun with more players though. Great idea though.

Wasn’t really all that bothered about this game, but seeing some gameplay, and these posts about the multiplayer… might see if i can afford this one :-)

Any change that you could patch in 1 more mode at launch? 3 modes sounds a but thin.

jakster123x 23 April, 2012 @ 4:44 pm   8

Saw this on TSA. Still cool.

Off topic: James, are you stepping down as Blog manager? :(

almighty-slayer 23 April, 2012 @ 4:44 pm   9

Also, i hope PSN will be one of the “participating retailers” as, if i do buy it, it will probably be from PSN. Seeing as it’s your store, i see no reason why you wouldn’t have that :-)

bravo9zero 23 April, 2012 @ 5:03 pm   10

This sounds exactly like the conversion mode in Resistance Fall of man.
Which is ok, just would’ve preferred a normal survival/hoard mode, playable on your own offline.

Similar to Resistance 2 co-op.

SHAFTRULES 23 April, 2012 @ 5:26 pm   11

will pre order this as soon as u let us know which retailers are giving us these bonuses.

colmshan1990 23 April, 2012 @ 5:31 pm   12

Sounds very similar to a multiplayer mode in Resistance Retribution, which is very good news to my ears.
Loved the online in that game more than any other online shooter outside of Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and Uncharted 3.
And to think it was on PSP!

Looking forward to picking up Burning Skies, any word on where the pre-order bonus will be available in Ireland?

SkullbreakerNL 23 April, 2012 @ 6:40 pm   13

This game is going to be a historic moment for handheld gaming imho. I wish it was out already well… Back to prototype 2 for the moment hehe xD

licaruss 23 April, 2012 @ 6:49 pm   14

When will we can enjoy with a demo??it´s looks nice

VitalogyPJ 23 April, 2012 @ 6:52 pm   15

I don’t know about this survival mode to be honest hmm and you’re encouraging people (with the tips) to camp? Not a good think actually. People already camp too much in FPS’s and that’s what put me off these games.

If there isn’t any online (MP) trophies e actually might consider buy it otherwise I will pass as I like trophies but I hate online MP trophies.

This mode looks like lots of fun.

jetpacksheep 23 April, 2012 @ 7:55 pm   17

cant wait!! proper fps multiplayer on a handheld done right, the franchise i great too. the devs seem to be handling the resistance universe really well

Bealinator 24 April, 2012 @ 12:07 pm   18

Good work, this new developer seems to have taken over this franchise very, very well indeed. Think this will be well worth the sub-£30 price point from a certain retailer.

Vita has been in my hands for twenty four hours now, and probably the best debut for a gaming device ever. Tempted to order Uncharted and Unit 13… that might be overdoing it!

chrisandsheva 24 April, 2012 @ 2:41 pm   19

Missed this post yesterday.
Like the sound of this mode a lot, but i was hoping for a ai type practice/fun mode(s) to go along with them.. But am more than happy with what i’ve seen so far, story/sp is (obviously) still my main interest, But what i want more than anything in this (or most) game is, After maybe doing a nightmare/insane/hardcore (etc) run, i really want to ‘know’ the multi trophies (?) Won’t deprive me of a plat, That imo, is where many devs go wrong with mp… well on story based games anyways… but am (like others) now just waiting for ‘best’ pre-order outlet to visit.. Has to include psn (surely) ?.

bazer24773 24 April, 2012 @ 3:47 pm   20

looking forward to this now :D

StuDevo 25 April, 2012 @ 1:33 pm   21

Game looks very good. Will get Day one or very close to release.

dark_shinobi100 30 April, 2012 @ 2:22 am   22

sounds rather good will get it from amazon as soon as my exams are finished because I just know that it will be so good that I get addicted to It and will inevitably forget to revise

Why is it out later here (uk) than the states?

SPmodernwarfare3 3 May, 2012 @ 3:04 pm   23

you gies really need survival not all of us have 3g so we need an offline mode plus that would be fun even if i was in a wifi area