Back in 2012, Muse Games released Guns of Icarus Online, an online PVP game where teams fought in Airships to shoot each other down. In March 2017, they released Guns of Icarus Alliance, which included the PVP mode as well as a PVE mode where players could play with each other or alongside AI allies to complete missions against AI opponents. Almost a year later, Guns of Icarus Alliance will be releasing on PS4… with crossplay allowing PS4 players to play alongside PC users. I scheduled a small interview with them, with four burning questions on my mind.
Will the PVP mode also have cross-system play? Do you foresee the mouse and keyboard advantage being an issue in either the PVP or the PVE modes?
I did play the game myself beforehand, so the “no” wasn’t much of a surprise. Guns of Icarus doesn’t have players sniping each other from across the map, and the targets are large airships and not human-sized players. Although aiming might not be quite as easy on a controller, Muse doesn’t see the discrepancy being an issue in either the PVP or PVE modes.
Alliance stands out for not only having cross-system play, but for allowing communication between PC players and PS4 players. However, most PS4 players won’t have a headset plugged in, and there’s no guarantee for PC players either. Will there be a way around this?
Of course, Muse had considered this, and you can bind keys to basic voice commands such as “gunners over there”. Naturally, it’ll have limitations and it can’t compare to using a headset, but there will be an alternative for those that don’t have a microphone.
Will there be a large content update coinciding with the PS4 release?
Unfortunately, no. Most of their efforts have gone to allowing PC/PS4 communications, which naturally took a lot of time because they were the first to do so. There will be content updates in the future, but not on release day.
When is the PS4 release?
Guns of Icarus Alliance will release for PS4 in Q1 2018. There’s no release date as of this interview, but Muse plans to have one by the end of next week.
If you’re at PAX and want to try your hand at it, they’re at booth #11448 on the convention floor, and they’re selling steam codes for $2 each or 4 codes for $5.