Embark Studios was founded by former DICE employees led by ex-EA head Patrick Söderlund, and announced two games in development. These were ARC Raiders and a game codenamed Project Discovery (later revealed to be a game called The Finals).
While ARC Raiders was to be a cooperative, free-to-play, third-person shooter, The FInals was an FPS. We got a little teaser of what The Finals looked like and recently, the studio revealed a gameplay trailer using pre-alpha footage.
Now it seems that someone has leaked about 7 minutes of the game in action. It should be noted that The Finals recently had a closed Alpha wherein a select few were invited to try the game. The leaker probably obtained footage from there and upon releasing it, has broken the NDA.
- The Finals gameplay has leaked, truly is a team-based, first-person shooter.
- Features impressive visuals and destruction over large maps.
The Finals is the second project that Embark Studios is working on, in addition to ARC Raiders, which was revealed last year. The studio has received industry giant Nexon’s backing for both projects.
ARC Raiders was supposed to launch first, in 2022. However, it was delayed to 2023 as the developer announced on Twitter. Later, in a blog post studio head Patrick Söderlund stated that the studio was so satisfied with the progress they were making on The Finals that it decided to release the game as the studio’s first title.
Not only that, he revealed that since Embark Studio is still a relatively new and small games developer, they were sharing resources and teams for ARC Raiders and The Finals, and releasing two games at one time would have put them under a lot of pressure.
It should be noted that as it was in the trailer, the leaked footage is also probably from the closed Alpha of The Finals. Thus, the game is still incomplete and lacking probably much of what Embark Studios has planned for it, as closed Alphas have early builds of the games which are toned-down versions of the final product.
The game, or at least the game mode that can be seen in the video, focuses on picking up a cash box, defending it with your teammates, and taking it to the cashout station. This heavily plays into the game-show theme of the game that we have been led to believe the game features.
Upon starting a match, you and your teammates can customize your loadout, and select your character/contestant, which is divided into three categories. The categories are Light Build, Medium Build, and Heavy build.
The game starts with a game-showesque entrance, and players enter a map, with the other enemy teams. As stated, the game revolves around taking a cash box, that spawns on a map, taking it to the cashout station, and also defending said cashout station while it performs its action.
The gameplay here does not feature a lot of destruction, only to a small extent. This is likely because the gameplay in closed Alphas is fairly limited. The leaker does mention that The Finals is visually very impressive, as we could see in the previous official gameplay reveal as well.
We can expect no less from devs who are known for working previously on the Battlefield franchise, all of which are visually very impressive and feature large maps.
At one point in the leaked gameplay, we also see a situation stated to be by the game as “Lower Gravity” though we can not ascertain what it is from the small look we get at it.
The game also seems to have pre-made team names for teams. The ones shown in the leaked gameplay are The Big Splash, The Boundless, The Ultra-Rares, and The Jet Setters.
We also get a look at the solid, foam-like object-creating weapon that we saw in the gameplay trailer previously, though nothing more can be made of it.
This is all we can see in the leaked gameplay. The Finals is currently slated to release for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, but no release date has been stated, although it is expected to release in 2023. For more details, head on over to its Steam page.
Although the game is currently in the Alpha stage, it looks to be in pretty good shape. We certainly hope that it is a solid, multiplayer experience when it launches.
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