IO Interactive, part of Square Enix Europe unveiled new information on the multiplayer component of their upcoming crime shooter, Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days. In addition to the dense and unrelenting single-player campaign, the immensely popular multiplayer is back with expanded Fragile Alliance game play and three new modes to brutally tempt sway and cloud your better judgment.
To help players prepare their criminal minds, IO Interactive has included Arcade Mode, which is a single player version of the Fragile Alliance mode. The objective is to help the Alliance escape with as much of the loot as possible with players getting paid if they survive the round. It continues through increasingly challenging levels as long as they survive and escape, but with the cops coming down hard and an escape vehicle that can’t wait, the pressure is on.
Kane and Lynch would be complete without the classic Fragile Alliance. The much celebrated multiplayer experience based on Greed, Betrayal & Revenge has been extended with more risk and more rewards. Players will have to work as a team to escape with as much loot as possible, within a four minutes . They’ll need to move fast, and if they turn on the team, and make off with the money on their own, all bets are off. Die and the traitor respawns as a cop to prevent the heist. This mode is playable with up to eight players.
Adding to the already difficult nature of the criminal underworld, Undercover Cop mode adds an extra level of paranoia to Fragile Alliance as teams are infiltrated by a mole set to stop the Alliance. One player is chosen at random to be the undercover cop. . Play too cautiously you might get made, but play too dangerously and the same can happen. If you run out in front, the cops won’t shoot, and your cover will be blown. It’s a delicate balance, but ultimately it’s all up to the player. The undercover cop has to single handedly stop the heist by killing each one of his “teammates.” This mode is playable with up to eight players.
Building on the relationship between law enforcement and those looking to turn a quick buck, Cops & Robbers creates a new team-based dynamic as Robbers try to gather and protect their loot while Cops are trying to retrieve it. Each round the teams swap sides of the law, giving players the chance to experience both ends of the spectrum. At the end of four rounds, to the victors go the spoils. This mode is playable with up to 12 players.
It looks as though this game is going to be a gritty yet satisfying multi-player experience. With modes going from 8-12 players it will be a lot of fun to play with friends and family, depending on the maturity of your family of course. All in all it seems as though IO interactive has really out done themselves in the multiplayer area.
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days follows two of the most infamous criminals in video game history, back together once again. Step into the criminal underbelly of Shanghai in one of the most realistic and genuinely brutal games ever created. Following their separation in 2007, Lynch relocates to Shanghai to get a fresh start. He joins up with a group of ex-pat criminals and when the deal of a lifetime presents itself, Lynch contacts Kane to come in on the job. Reluctantly, Kane agrees and arrives in Shanghai. In true Kane and Lynch form, nothing goes right from the start. Both of them are now marked men, targeted by corrupt government forces and the entire Shanghai criminal world. Follow them through 48 hours of hell as they shoot their way through Shanghai, just trying to make it out alive.
Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days will be released on the EIDOS games label and will be arriving to North America on August 24, 2010.. It will be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.Visit www.KaneandLynch.com.