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Exclusive: Blacklight sequel to be free-to-play game; first screenshot released

In 2010 developer Zombie Studios released Blacklight: Tango Down, a downloadable near-future themed first person shooter. Pricing for the game was just $15. At the time of the game's release, Big Download learned from Zombie's CEO Mark Long that a sequel was already in the works. Today Big Download has learned exclusively that the sequel will have an even cheaper price; free.

Yes, the Blacklight: Tango Down sequel (which at the moment is titled "Blacklight" for now) will be released as a free-to-play game. According to what Long told us today, "The full game will be free along with premium content that can be purchased in-game. Blacklight will feature a large number of improvements based on the player feedback we've gotten. And we hope going free-to-play will close that loop so we can respond even faster to player preferences."

So why go with the free-to-play/microtransaction business model? Long told us, "The free-to-play model is something we've been interested in since we first began working with Korean publishers four years ago. Free-to play is the model in Asia. It's exploding in China growing fast in Europe and emerging here in Facebook and iOS games."

The sequel will not reuse any of the content of the original Blacklight: Tango Down, according to Long. It will be an all new game with new weapons, levels, items and more. That includes the previously announced drivable mech vehicles. You can see the mech in the background of the first ever publicly released screenshot above (you can check out a high-res version when you click the above image). Long told us that the sequel will use the latest version of Epic's Unreal Engine 3 tech.

The Blacklight sequel does not yet have a release date and Long would not comment on who might be publishing the sequel (the original Blacklight Tango Down was published by Ignition Entertainment). We hope to have more info on the game in the coming weeks and months.

One day PC game sales include Blacklight: Tango Down for 99 cents

One day PC game sales are the new black, apparently. And in today's list of one day sales that's definitely the case

Ignition Entertainment to shut down London development offices

Technically we are out of a recession but that doesn't mean that things are all better in the economy. Today (free registration required) reports that publisher Ignition Entertainment will be shutting down its internal development studios in London by the end of October. Staff members at the studio will be laid off as a result but there's no word yet on exactly how many people will be affected. Ignition still plans to staff a London corporate office for its publishing ventures.

Ignition Entertainment still has a number of internal development studios including teams that are making free-to-play games in Austin and Beijing. The company published Zombie's multiplayer shooter Blacklight: Tango Down earlier this summer and has plans to release Hothead Games' next title, Swarm, in 2011.

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Exclusive: Zombie confirms Blacklight: Tango Down 2 in the works

Although the PC version of Blacklight Tango Down has just released, you can expect much more from the franchise. The $15 multiplayer shooter is apparently a solid sales hit on Xbox 360, and developer Zombie is already getting ready to expand the series. In a brief phone chat, Zombie CEO Mark Long told us that there are no plans to offer any downloadable content for Blacklight, aside from bug fix updates.

Instead, Long confirmed to Big Download that Zombie has already started production on Blacklight Tango Down 2. While details are slim at this point, Long said the sequel will feature improvements from the original game, including larger maps and controllable mech-like vehicles. At the moment Zombie is hoping to release Blacklight Tango Down 2 in the summer of 2011.

Blacklight Tango Down now available for PC via Games For Windows Live

While there's no indication of this on the official Games For Windows web site, the PC version of Blacklight Tango Down is now available to purchase and download via Microsoft Games For Windows Live client. At the moment this is the only outlet to get the PC port of the multiplayer themed near-future first person shooter although we have been told by the game's developer Zombie that it will also appear on Steam and Direct2Drive as well. The game costs $14.99 to download.

Just a reminder: This game is developed by Zombie and published by Ignition Entertainment with support for customizable weapons, 12 multiplayer maps for support up to 16 players and four co-op themed maps that can also be played alone with AI support. Zombie hopes this game is the first salvo in a Blacklight multimedia franchise. A one-shot comic book is already available and there are plans for a motion picture based on the franchise.

[Thanks TheWeaponeer]

Update: The game is now available on Steam and Direct2Drive.

Blacklight: Tango Down dev diary builds custom weapons

The first Blacklight: Tango Down developer diary explained how players would be fighting a futuristic Netwar. In this latest addition, the developers discuss how players can express their personalities through the weapon customization system. By earning different achievements, players unlock interchangeable upgrades to improve performance. There will also be decorative charms available to attach onto guns that also provide special stat boosts. Blacklight: Tango Down will release later this summer.

Download HD Blacklight: Tango Down Developer Diary #2 (146 MB)
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Big Download's E3 2010 PC Game Highlights - Episode 4

The last episode of PC game highlights at E3 2010 is also the most action packed! On our final day, we ponder what it means to be human in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Then we continue the future war with a look at Blacklight: Tango Down before completely changing gears for an up-close look at the dark fantasy role-playing game, The Witcher 2. We're still trying to decide whether F.E.A.R. 3 is a story of brotherly love or sibling rivalry, but nothing can stand in the way when super reflexes, guns, mechanized armor and psychic powers all work together.

In MMOs, we explore the land of TERA and learn to build a kingdom from scratch in LEGO Universe. We see how well Lara Croft plays well with others in Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light. Finally, the bullets really start to fly with Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days and Call of Duty: Black Ops. Altogether, it's a supersized final episode.

For press conference coverage, check out Episode 1, then be sure to watch Episode 2 and Episode 3 for more show floor coverage.

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Blacklight: Tango Down gameplay trailer slips on the Hyper Reality Visor

When fighting a NetWar, it's imperative to know everything that's going on on the battlefield. That's where the Blacklight: Tango Down's Hyper Reality Visor (HRV) comes into action. As demonstrated by this video, the visor allows players to see through walls and objects to spot enemy positions. However, we're guessing that the decorative keychain hanging off the assault rifle is a slightly less crucial part of future warfare. Players will get a chance to see how all these things add up with the game releases later this summer.

Download Blacklight: Tango Down 'Hyper Reality Visor' Trailer (63 MB)
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Blacklight: Tango Down dev diary reveals info about waging a NetWar

This developer diary for Blacklight: Tango Down spotlights practically every aspect of the game and its features, from the story to level design. The game, which will be available exclusively through digital distribution, is expected to release later this summer.

"Blacklight: Tango Down takes place 25 years into the future. The player takes control of an elite covert ops team that is sent after missing American Colonel Klein and his personal BlackLight team. The game will feature four single player/co-op levels that support up to four players at once, 12 multiplayer maps, seven game types and literally millions of weapons customization combinations. As the team advances through regions that consist of old world architecture over laden with ubiquitous modern holographic advertising, the trigger based dynamic AI offers an intense and varied experience every time the game is played."

Download HD Blacklight: Tango Down Developer Diary (178 MB)
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