Fuse

PS3, XB360 / Action / Release: May 28, 2013 / ESRB: RP

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Insomniac head hints at 'new Fuse experiences' (that's not DLC)

Insomniac head hints at 'new Fuse experiences' (that's not DLC)

Fuse is out today, but Insomniac seems intent on making it a full-blown franchise. CEO Ted Price wrote today about the history of its development after its transition from Overstrike, and said that the series is "just getting started."

Read more: 'We're prototyping new stuff' »

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Fuse review: cover-based creativity

Fuse review: cover-based creativity

I can only imagine the difficulty that comes in creating a debut title meant to launch a franchise. How much do you hew to genre tradition, versus putting your own mark on the new arrival? Fuse is Insomniac's first bounding step into both multiplatform development and what it hopes to make a series. It answers this question by crafting a likable game that is rendered slightly unmemorable by its adherence to popular trends.

Read more: Creative weaponry, tied to four characters »

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The Fuse facelift: why it's only console, and how co-op doesn't hurt single-player

The Fuse facelift: why it's only console, and how co-op doesn't hurt single-player

Insomniac's first multiplatform game, Fuse, is out in just a few weeks. When it hits on May 28, the company will be setting foot into uncharted territory, launching a new property on multiple consoles, and right on the cusp of a new console generation at that. CEO Ted Price recently talked to Shacknews about the game's very public makeover, the cooperative focus, and its future plans for multiplatform development.

Read more: 'Fuse will continue to be multiplatform' »

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Fuse trailer highlights the team

Fuse trailer highlights the team

The Fuse demo is out today on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network, and Insomniac has released a new trailer to mark the occasion. It features the Overstrike 9 team interspersed with some story details and action shots.

Watch: Overstrike 9 takes cover, causes explosions »

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Fuse demo launches May 7

Fuse demo launches May 7

Considering Fuse is the first multiplatform release from Ratchet & Clank creator Insomniac Games, one might expect a little more buzz (that's an industry term) around the shooter. Perhaps we're a little tired of third-person cover-based shooters. But gamebees (likewise) can often be attracted with demoflowers, so publisher EA plans to plant a few (release a demo) next Tuesday.

Read more: Kill men! »

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Fuse trailer shows off chief villain, Fable

Fuse trailer shows off chief villain, Fable

Fuse is right around the corner, which means it's time to start the promotions in earnest. The latest trailer for the game gives some screen time to Fable, the game's chief antagonist. He intends to use the alien element for his own purposes, so naturally the heroes have to stop him.

Watch: Fable's vision »

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Fuse dated for May 28

Fuse dated for May 28

After almost a decade of Sony-exclusive releases on consoles, Resistance and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac will launch its very first multiplatform game, Fuse, on May 28. That's the date announced over the weekend by publisher EA. The super-powered shooter, which boasts four-player co-op, is coming to both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Read more: Shoot men with alien powers »

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Insomniac's Fuse delayed to Spring

Insomniac's Fuse delayed to Spring

Fuse, Insomniac Games' first multiplatform game, has been delayed. EA CEO John Riccitiello explained that the upcoming multiplayer shooter will no longer land in March as expected. Instead, the title has been pushed to Q1, which runs from April to June.

Watch: 18 minutes of Fuse »

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Fuse multiplayer preview: chaotic co-op

Fuse multiplayer preview: chaotic co-op

We had an inkling that Fuse would be a cooperative shooter with a bit of a chaotic bent, but it was hard to really figure what that would entail. It's certainly come a long way since 2011, when it was announced at EA's E3 press briefing almost as an afterthought.

Known then as Overstrike, Insomniac's third-person shooter seemed to be trying to channel something like Team Fortress with its slightly cartoony look and sense of humor; details were sparse though, and the game was overshadowed by higher-profile EA shooters like Battlefield 3. After its debut, Overstrike dropped out of sight, and didn't reemerge for more than a year.

As it turns out, Fuse's multiplayer at least amounts to something like a greatly expanded horde mode with persistent characters. It brings with it some nice options and mission types, as well as the potential for some interesting strategy. It has promise, especially if Insomniac is able to keep up with a steady diet of fancy weapons and explosions.

Read more: A special attack for each character »

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Fuse pre-orders get skins, weapons perk

Fuse pre-orders get skins, weapons perk

Insomniac's Fuse, previously known as Overstrike, has spilled the pre-order bonus details in preparation for its March 2013 launch. Those who plunk down a bit of early funding will get a head-start in the multiplayer game, including armor and weapon skins, and bonus weapon damage.

Read more: Armor and weapon skins, 'Quickdraw' boost »

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Fuse trailer: 18 minutes of explain-o-action

Fuse trailer: 18 minutes of explain-o-action

So, you know that Fuse is a renamed Overstrike, the first multiplatform game from Insomniac, and some sort of sci-fi squad-based shooter thing, but what else? For those who are a little hazy on the concept, or simply fancy seeing men get shot, a new trailer is packed with eighteen minutes of information, explanation, and gameplay action.

Watch: Zappow! »

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Fuse trailer zaps out, a little late

Fuse trailer zaps out, a little late

The big and somewhat overblown reveal that Insomniac's first multiplatform game Overstrike is now renamed Fuse should've been accompanied by a trailer, but a mysterious legal rights issue kept publisher EA from releasing it on schedule. With that resolved, the trailer's now out for your viewing pleasure, with snippets of in-game footage showing off your squad's flashy tech powers.

Watch: Shields, shattering and melting »

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Fuse preview: Overstrike reborn

Fuse preview: Overstrike reborn

Insomniac has a proud history of outrageous weaponry. The creators of Ratchet & Clank and Resistance now bring their tradition of hard-hitting arsenals to multiple platforms with Fuse, formerly known as Overstrike. This four-player squad-based shooter will emphasize team-based combat, bringing killer new weaponry and stealth elements to a new mature setting.

The story of the game's campaign is that an unstable alien substance was discovered by the U.S. government and kept under wraps for decades. The substance is called the titular "fuse" and it becomes lethal when bonded to any earthly substance. In a bid to weaponize it, scientists have scrambled to stabilize fuse through intense testing. The source of the substance has been stolen by a rogue paramilitary group, so it's up to four mercenaries with no government ties to recover the lost fuse.

Read more: Rewarding teamwork »

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Insomniac's Fuse may be a reworked Overstrike

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Insomniac's Fuse may be a reworked Overstrike

Insomniac's Overstrike has reportedly been renamed and retooled, with a fresh debut impending in just over a week. Company co-founder Ted Price announced a project named "Fuse" at his PAX 2012 keynote address, and one source pegs that name with the project revealed last year at E3.

Read more: Countdown clock and a single screenshot »

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Insomniac finished with Resistance franchise

Insomniac finished with Resistance franchise

We already knew that Insomniac is taking a step back from the Resistance franchise. With Resistance 3 in the can and the studio setting sights on its multiplatform project Overstrike, the studio seemed ready to move on. Now CEO Ted Price has confirmed it with a statement that leaves no room for misunderstanding.

Read more: 'We won't be making any more Resistances' »

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