Guerrilla Games, the team behind Killzone, have introduced some interesting ideas in the first-person shooter multiplayer arena in the past - Killzone 2's seamless, in-game transitions between objectives being a great example. With Killzone 3, Guerrilla is looking to continue that spirit of innovation, trying to make their latest project the ultimate multiplayer experience. New additions to Killzone 3 include vehicular combat, customizable leveling options, and new game modes.
A major part of Killzone 3's singleplayer reveal earlier this year was the addition of jet packs and other vehicles. Those additions are also making their way to online multiplayer. So far only jet packs and the exoskeleton mech suites from Killzone 2 have been announced for multiplayer, but don't be surprised if we hear more before the game launches early next year. Adding vehicles has forced Guerrilla to rethink their map designs, mainly in the form of increased space and a wider variety of entry points.
The leveling system has also been reworked for Killzone 3. This time around players will have much more control over how they progress and spend the skill points they earn. There are five classes to choose from, each with six weapons and abilities. Skill points can be used to upgrade in whatever order the player chooses. The idea being to allow players more freedom to tailor the game to their specific play style.
The two new game modes, Guerrilla Warfare and Operations, are additional features that Guerrilla hope will set Killzone 3 apart from the sea of online shooters. Guerrilla Warfare appears to be a fairly standard variation on team deathmatch, but Operations definitely offers something unique. In Operations players are tasked with completing several objectives, which once completed trigger story elements in the form of cutscenes that feature the top scoring players. Being featured in the cutscenes is meant to be an extra way for players to build rivalries and increase the competitive nature of each match.
Killzone 3's multiplayer component definitely appears to offer some inventive riffs on the traditional FPS match. The addition of vehicles will no doubt increase the options players have to tackle each situation, and the story driven matches proposed for Operations mode is unlike anything I've seen in a shooter before. Keep your eyes on Killzone 3 as its February 2011 release date approaches.