Hi all, Damoun Shabestari here from First Contact Entertainment, back again to share more with you as we ramp up to the release of Firewall Zero Hour! Firewall Zero Hour is the 4v4 team-based tactical shooter we developed exclusively for PS VR, and it comes out 29th August.
Today, we unveil the second half of our Firewall Zero Hour 101 video series. Last week, we introduced the first two videos in the series: game overview and VR immersion. Now, it’s time to delve into team strategy!
In Firewall Zero Hour, you’ll play each match as either an Attacker or a Defender. Within the next two videos of our series, Attacking and Defending, we go over several strategies you can use to lead your team to success.
Firewall Zero Hour 101: Attacking
Here we learn what you do as an Attacker – infiltrate a location, find the access point, and disrupt the firewall.
Once the firewall has been disrupted, your task is to find and hack the laptop that the Defenders are trying to protect. Keep an ear out, because your contract handler will give you cues along the way.
As an Attacker, you have an arsenal of equipment at your disposal, including assault rifles, SMGs, shotguns, pistols, frag grenades, flash grenades, and smoke grenades.
With PS VR, you can scan your environment carefully, turning your head in all directions. And thanks to the PS VR’s directional audio with built-in mic, you can easily communicate with your teammates–communication being a key element of team success.
As an Attacker you’ll want to set-up and coordinate a plan of attack with your teammates, call out enemy traps or locations when you spot them, and of course shout out when you’re downed and need a teammate to revive you.
Explore using different Contractors with special abilities that can help when Attacking. Like Fang, who has the Lightspeed skill, which lets him reload magazines faster. Or Red, who has the BangBang skill, giving him a whole extra frag grenade. Or Nala (Contractor unlocked at level 20), her Ghost skill lets her not set off mines–easily bypassing the ones placed by Defenders.
Firewall Zero Hour 101: Defending
Here we go over what it means to be a Defender. You’ve been hired to stop Attackers from getting to the laptop. You have a plethora of strategic items at your disposal, such as lethal traps you can set like a C4 charge and proximity mines.
You also have other items you can place that will impede Attackers from success (like doorblockers Attackers have to dismantle, or signal modifiers you place near the laptop–which Attackers must dismantle before they can download). Strategize with your teammates to set up traps, go on lookout, or camp near the laptop. Protect the laptop at all costs!
Try out different Contractors to see how their special skills can help when playing as a Defender.
Like Okoro with his Heavy Duty skill, allowing him to take less explosive damage. Or Raha, her Scout skill heightens her ability to detect incoming enemies (visually via her wrist tablet mini-map, as well as audibly hearing their footsteps). Or Texas (Contractor unlocked at level 10), with her Bullet Sponge skill letting her take less bullet damage overall.
Unpredictable outcomes of 4v4 gameplay
Whether playing as an Attacker or Defender, experiencing map layouts in PS VR is a whole new level of immersion.
Every match begins with a randomised spawn point for Attackers, and a randomised spawn point for Defenders (and their laptop). With 9 different maps to choose from, you’ll have a ton of tactical hiding spots, choke points, staircases, doorways, trenches, and cover points to explore–all in PS VR.
Round after round, experience the unpredictable outcomes of 4v4 gameplay based on the choices you make: the maps you play, the Contractors you choose, the loadouts you equip, and the teammates you work with. Progress by earning XP and “Crypto” after every match, and unlock new Weapons, Items, and Contractors.
We’re excited to see the growth of our community leading up to Firewall Zero Hour’s release date. Follow our studio’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and join the Firewall Zero Hour PSN community to meet other Contractors eager to squad up.
There will be several Firewall Zero Hour content drops coming up over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for more!
*An internet connection is required for all modes of Firewall Zero Hour, including Single Player Training Mode.
**PS Plus is required for Multiplayer Training and Multiplayer Contract modes.
Firewall Zero Hour is built from the ground up for PS VR, and is compatible with both the PS Aim controller and Dualshock 4 controller.