EA And Insomniac Join Together, Unveil Co-op Shooter 'Fuse'

After showing off a screen for the game during PAX Prime, EA and Ratchet and Clank developer Insomniac have made Fuse official. The four-player, co-op shooter is coming to the Xbox 360 and the PS3 next March, and we've got more details after the jump.

In Insomniac's first multiplatform game, you'll play as one of four members of the Overstrike 9 team as they attempt to protect humanity from a dangerous, alien energy source called Fuse--which they'll also be using to power up their weapons and upgrades throughout the game.

The press release describes the characters in Fuse as individually possessing unique abilities that can be upgraded with Fuse points throughout the campaign. If you're a solo player, you'll still get a chance to mess around with the other members of the Overstrike 9 team using the ability to swap characters on the fly.

Here's the official synopsis:

What happens when humans take possession of volatile alien technology they were never meant to have? Today, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Insomniac Games announced Fuse™, a 4-person co-op action shooter that thrusts players into the roles of four elite, covert agents with their own unique skills and experimental weapons. Formerly known as Overstrike, Fuse allows gamers to play as Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble or Naya Deveraux as they fight to protect mankind from a deadly alien energy source known as Fuse.

In Fuse, the members of contact team Overstrike 9 attempt to thwart a rogue paramilitary organization called Raven from stealing the Fuse source located deep within a classified government facility. Overstrike 9’s pursuit of Raven will take them around the world, from the fortified desert facility to underwater bases, island strongholds, icy mountain peaks, palatial hideouts and beyond. Later, as the team closes in on Raven, another more sinister enemy reveals itself as a truly horrendous global threat.

Insomniac originally planned to release a trailer today, but the company's founder and CEO took to the Fuse site to explain that legal hiccups were preventing an immediate release of the video. In the meantime, Price promises more screenshots, previews, and an episode of GameTrailers TV revealing more about Fuse in the coming days.

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