R.U.S.E. Free Weekend Multiplayer [TRAILER]by Thomas Hruska on Jul. 15, 2010, under Arts
R.U.S.E. appears to be the first game on Steam to offer a free weekend BEFORE the official game release date. Sometime in September of this year is the official release date. I obviously don’t have a Metacritic ranking for this game as a result.
R.U.S.E. claims to be all about deceiving your enemy long enough for you to build up a massive surprise attack at the end that wins the battle. I was under the impression that most real-time strategy games already attempted to be about that sort of thing but whatever. The trailer looks pretty though:
I’m not a huge fan of real-time strategy games but, hey, this one is free this weekend until Sunday afternoon. Hopefully the multiplayer mode also includes a skirmish mode against the computer A.I. so I can at least not get beaten repeatedly right away.
The only downside I see is that the DRM on this game is overkill. Steam + additional DRM is totally unnecessary. Free weekend games are awesome though so the DRM doesn’t really matter.
This is obviously a ploy to gain pre-order sales but also has benefits for Ubisoft and gamers alike. You get to play part of the game right away, the online servers get a good workout, and the developers get one last chance to fix bugs prior to launch. Basically, I see this as a win-win for everyone.
What do you think?
Does this look like a fun game?
Are there too many real-time strategy games out there or not enough?