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Minecraft-like first-person shooter heads to Steam in December

Minecraft is cool, but it just doesn’t have enough team deathmatch. That’s where first-person shooter Ace of Spades comes in handy.

Development studio Jagex, along with Minecraft’s original indie developers, announced today that it is bringing a full version of Ace of Spades to Valve’s Steam download service in December.

Ace of Spades is retro-looking shooter in which up to 32 players face-off in a fully constructible (and then destructible) environment. You can shape each level, Minecraft style, to better help defend them from the enemy team.

“If you’re tired of the same-old first-person shooters, coming out year after year with a fresh lick of paint and a hefty price tag, then Ace of Spades will tick all the boxes for you, offering an all action multiplayer featuring up to 32-player FPS combat and a fully customizable environment which will continuously develop throughout your battle,” Jagex chief marketing officer David Solari said.

“Despite keeping this game under the radar during development, it has still proved to be hugely viral, with more than two and half a million players entering the prototype phase.  Ace of Spades is set to take FPS to the next level, adding evolving tactics and strategy to twitch FPS gameplay. We have blended the artistic style of voxel-based sandbox games, such as Minecraft, with the class based combat of titles like Team Fortress, and added an extra dimension with real-time evolving battlefields to create a game which we firmly believe will appeal to FPS gamers looking for a bigger challenge.”

Ace of Spades has been out for more than a year in prototype form. More than 550,000 users started playing it each month. Jagex came on board to support the original development team and to help prepare a final version for release. That release features improved graphics and more weapons compared to the incomplete game.


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