Are heist video games in vogue? The extraction shooter style has heist-like qualities, and several other literal heist video games are on the way in which: Payday 3 and Monaco 2, in all probability GTA 6 subsequent yr, and now Fairgames (technically referred to as “Fairgame$”), a “aggressive heisting expertise” wherein gamers will goal the ill-gotten wealth of the world’s billionaires and, presumably, attempt to extract it with out being taken out by rival gangs of heisters.
Fairgames was introduced at this week’s PlayStation Showcase, and comes from Haven Studios, a staff based by Murderer’s Creed producer Jade Raymond with plenty of ex-Ubisoft expertise. In a publish on the PlayStation Weblog, artistic director Mathieu Leduc guarantees “emergent sandbox gameplay” and “a recent multiplayer expertise that rewards creativity and mastery”. Fairgames marks Haven Studios’ first huge game within the wake of its acquisition by Sony from Google, which bought off the studio after shuttering Google Stadia.
“Fairgame$ will provide you with a possibility to interrupt the foundations as a modern-day Robin Hood, a thrill seeker, or simply somebody who needs to gather cool loot,” writes Leduc. “Trespass inside forbidden areas around the globe, fill your pockets like a child in a sweet retailer and unravel the nefarious plans of untouchable billionaires.”
It appears to be like like we’ll use close to future gizmos and devices to propel ourselves via scores of manned and unmanned safety gadgets in between tense PvP encounters. Although it hasn’t been acknowledged outright, the “get the loot and get out” nature of heists and tense PvP encounters certain make Fairgames sound like an extraction shooter alongside the strains of Hunt: Showdown or Warzone’s DMZ mode. My intestine says that avoiding this language is deliberate, and factors to Fairgames having de-emphasized gunplay, with extra of a concentrate on non-lethal takedowns and stealth. (An attention-grabbing statistic we lately realized: 40% of Hunt: Showdown gamers have by no means killed one other participant.)
Simply from the trailer, it appears to be like like Fairgames addresses my largest criticism of hack-the-planet non secular predecessor Watch Canines 2, where projecting the troll face onto metropolis corridor or no matter comes at the price of double digit physique counts resulting from a full-auto shootout with cops within the neighboring parking zone. Since Payday 2’s DLC utterly divorced that game from actuality, there have not been many video games that provide an “genuine” heist expertise a la Michael Mann’s Warmth or the primary 5 minutes of The Darkish Knight, a distinct segment Fairgames might fill.
Nevertheless, whereas the TikTok-style voiceover and Deus Ex: Human revolution piss filter are in all probability purported to enchantment to my Gen Z sensibilities, I am afraid they do not fairly land. It is cringey within the Watch Canines 2 method, with an unconvincing “eat the wealthy” slogan dropped early within the trailer and characters who appear to pair outfits from Shein with Future 2 Eververse cosmetics.
Hopefully that strenuous effort to look cool does not maintain again a superb heist game an excessive amount of. If it is enjoyable, I am at all times right down to redistribute some wealth, even when I’ve to roll my eyes from time to time. Fairgames is deliberate for launch on PC and PS5, however no date has been set.