Cancelled Preview: Coded Arms: Assault

Konami’s Coded Arms: Assault was intended to be the sequel to the PSP shooter, Coded Arms. However, the game was cancelled with no real reason given. Konami simply stated that “There are no current plans to bring Coded Arms: Assault to the PS3 at this time”.

Coded Arms: Assault was a first-person shooter exclusive to the PLAYSTATION 3. The game was originally supposed to support 16-player online play as well as 4-player online cooperative play. A unique online mode was to be where players would compete against each other trying to steal data. The cooperative mode was to have special weapons that players work together to achieve that were only available in this mode.

In the game, players took the role of a hacker trying to overthrow an evil corporation bent on world chaos in a futuristic cyberspace. The environments were supposed to be very destructible with explosions and high-powered weaponry supporting that.

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The game was powered by the Unreal Engine 3 and was to feature land and air vehicles for multiplayer environments. Sadly, as stated above, this to be game was cancelled.

The player in the game was a well-skilled hacker who is hired to steal data from the Ashihara Corporation. The hacker will battle against the security system inside the virtual reality world there. There are other characters, hackers, that have the same goal as the main character.

The concept of the Coded Arms series was certainly a unique one. Although the PSP titles did not do quite well in reviews, there was always a chance that it could do better elsewhere. What I’ve seen from gameplay and trailers, the game would have been very interesting to at least try. The concept of hacking in a first-person shooter is new to me as well. This release could have revived the first-person shooters of today, all so related in so many ways.

Coded Arms: Assault Resources
• Coded Arms: Assault Developer Q&A

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