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Nexon America has announced a new first-person shooter set in a familiar sci-fi universe. Called First Assault, the free-to-play game will be set in the same universe as the iconic anime series Ghost in the Shell.

First Assault, which is set to release in 2016 on PC, will have players join sides as they take on terrorists in the cyberpunk world. There will be eight separate characters to choose from, each with their own abilities that are similar to the anime series. For example, players will be able to cloak themselves, or have enhanced vision depending on who they choose.

Despite the game launching next year, Nexon America will be holding closed beta tests next month. Those interested can sign up now for the beta on Nexon’s website. The initial stress test for servers will run from October 1-4, with more betas to come later. Those that participate will receive an exclusive weapon skin that can be used in-game.

The first trailer for First Assault, which can be seen below, shows off the FPS’ team-based gameplay. Nexon America seems to be going for a more tactical approach to online shooters, as players will be able to share their abilities with teammates to deliver combinations in battle.

There isn’t a ton of time until First Assault will be available for testing, so it is a good sign that the game is already looking polished. It is interesting that the Ghost in the Shell isn’t more prominently featured, though, as you would think that would be the title’s main selling point. It will be interesting to see how the game is received by the anime’s dedicated fan-base.

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Tyler has enjoyed video games, both large and small, ever since he was a child with a Sega Genesis controller in hand. When he isn’t playing through strange retro games like Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular, he can be found meditating under a waterfall to grow his beard or eating pizza. Probably the latter.

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