Microsoft has announced that the on-rails arcade shooter, Railbreak, is set to launch on Xbox Series XS on December 22, with pre-orders starting on November 17. Inspired by classic arcade games like The House of the Dead and Time Crisis, Railbreak is a departure from the traditional survival horror thriller series, Outbreak, moving into the on-rails arcade shooter genre.
Railbreak aims to provide a blend of nostalgic arcade shooter elements and cutting-edge technology, promising a visually striking and action-packed gaming experience. Multiplayer options, various game modes, and difficulty levels add to the game’s accessibility and replay value.
Key Features and Enhancements:
- Unreal Engine 5 Graphics: Railbreak is the first game built in Unreal Engine 5, offering a significant graphical leap with features like ray tracing, lumen, and volumetric lighting, providing a visually stunning and immersive experience.
- Gameplay Advances: The use of Unreal Engine 5 allows for advances in gameplay, including dismemberment physics for strategic combat against zombie hordes. Enhanced processing power enables a higher enemy count, intensifying the pace of the game.
- Multiplayer Options: Railbreak supports optional two-player co-op in all modes, including Story, Score Attack, and Onslaught. Seven unique scenarios, diverse environments, multiple zombie variations, and unlockable characters with unique loadouts contribute to the game’s depth.
- Replayability: Emphasis on replayability encourages players to achieve higher ranks on individual levels and enjoy the game with friends.
With Railbreak’s launch, Microsoft aims to bolster its gaming lineup and attract players with a compelling and visually impressive gaming experience. The company expects revenue growth in its gaming segment, driven by the anticipated releases and a strong gaming portfolio.
While Microsoft faces competition from other gaming companies like Sony and Electronic Arts, the company remains optimistic about its gaming division’s performance, leveraging high-quality immersive games and consoles to maintain a strong position in the market.