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What does Synced add to the sci-fi looter shooter space?

Sennior community manager Joe King talks us through the different features of Next Studios & Level Infinite's bet for the genre, mainly focusing on how the Nanos change the game.

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"Alright, it's Summer Game Fest Play Days Day 2 for me and I've been playing a little bit of Synced which to me seems like a pretty fresh sort of approach to the action sci-fi games that we've been seeing so far We think so The main thing right now after playing that struck me as interesting is the combination between the Runner and the Nano Thank you so much for joining us Joe, is that like the main thing you're adding to the genre?
That's a big focus for us, yeah That companion gameplay, syncing with your Nano and then using the Nano to sort of build on the perks that you've picked up through the runs and the PvP matches the Dead Sector runs, which is our PvE component and the PvP matches That's exactly it You find that Nano, sync with it and then use the skills that it offers to sort of help you along the way So you're going to run into a variety of different enemies Some are just sort of rank and file easy guys but you do have prime Nanos Once you weaken them enough, like you said, you can sync with them and then all of a sudden you've made a new buddy They're going to follow you around either deployed where they will have a certain role that they can play for you or on your arm where they will have certain passive bonuses that they can offer you So that's sort of another element of choice that we're trying to give the players there where they can sort of decide engagement by engagement how do they want to utilize their Nano in the best way possible There are team modes in both PvE and PvP and then you can also play solo in both as well So it just kind of depends on what your play style is there What's the status of the game right now and when can players expect to play it and how?
Yeah, great question So our next big beat is Gamescom coming up later this summer and we are also launching later this summer which we're really excited about So we're almost there We're actually going to be a part of Steam Next Fest in a couple of weeks So we'll have a full playable demo there that will include Dead Sectors 1, 2, and 3 and the PvP mode as well So we're really excited Can you describe those a little bit?
What players can expect to see and to play the first time they approach SYNC themselves?
Yeah, absolutely I mean, the word I always like to use is just dynamic It's just fun Every run is different Every PvP match is different And again, it's because of the way that you're able to build out your character both permanently in a traditional sense that we're used to but also in each run You're collecting a substance called Radia You're spending it at these exchanges to buy perks, basically We call them mods that you can use in that run and every run is different So you may find some mods in one run that sort of give you a crowd control advantage and then there are other mods in the next run that you do that are more focused on your nano and letting it be stronger So there's a lot going on We're really excited about it Alright, and just to be a little bit more specific on mechanics What you do here is you shoot your way It's a third-person shooter You also can use some melee weapons and then your nano, you can send it to help you out or to hit other enemies, right?
Absolutely You do all that Shooters, of course, weapon focus, range, close range It just all depends on how you like to play We feel like the nano component even adds further to that by, again, do you want to have the nano deployed and doing its thing or do you want to have it on your arm and have those other bonuses So yeah, lots of choice involved, which we really like What's the model of the game going to be like?
Is it going to be free-to-play?
It'll be free-to-play, seasonal content We're really excited about that We've already got some really great stuff queued up, ready to go So it's going to be really good, really exciting So you'll have customization skins involved in customizing your weapons, nano, and your runner So lots of options there, too That's kind of what we're all about It's just options I think that's sort of the key thing for me It's just options all over the place and it makes it a lot of fun Fantastic Looking forward to syncing into Synced later in the summer Thank you so much for your time Absolutely Thanks a lot"

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