First Assault is now in open beta
After spending time in Early Access, the video game Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online is now in open beta. Players in supported regions can now experience the free-to-play online squad-based first-person shooter on Windows PC via Steam or the Nexon Global Platform.
Players who have been involved in Early Access for the game will see a new update titled “Up Close and Personal; Hand of Destiny,” which features a prototype of the upcoming ‘Ghost Assault Mode.’ In a match of cyborgs versus “Ghosts,” where the latter is hackable by either team when killed, players must leverage cyberskills including Hyper Sprint and Therm-optic Camo in the battle to survive.
Also included in the update is the new operative Kuro, another character created exclusively for First Assault to continue building the franchise and advance the story beyond its connection to “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.” Kuro hails from the Japanese self-defense forces, where he quickly racked up commendations for his combat skills. His career was nearly cut short by catastrophic injury, but he elected to undergo full-body prosthesis in order to remain combat-ready. A specialist in electronic warfare to rival even Ishikawa, Kuro can shut his enemies down with EMP devices. It was for this talent that Chief Aramaki, also a JSDF veteran, brought him into Public Security.
In "Stand Alone Complex,” based on Shirow Masamune’s original comic “The Ghost in the Shell,” players will become a member of the iconic Section 9, part of an elite force of operatives who connect through cyberspace to protect society and fight terrorists on the bleak streets of a futuristic Japan. Coordinating strategic attacks, hacking enemy weaponry and using connected combat through SkillSync to link-up and share cyber skills with allies, First Assault lets players dive beyond humanity, becoming a walking weapon capable of super human feats.