‘Blaston’ Gets Single-player Campaign & Social Features in New ‘Crackdown’ Update


Blaston (2020), the online duel-shooter from Resolution Games, released an update today called ‘Crackdown’ which brings a host of new content and social features to the game, which includes a single-player campaign.

Resolution says the new single-player campaign not only acts as a way to enhance the game’s overall appeal (there’s a boss fight), but also gives new players a way to get more comfortable with the game before heading off to duel real competitors.

In the campaign, Crackdown is said to flesh out the world of Blaston by introducing two competing factions. Here’s how Resolution describes it:

Now players, who take on the role of a new NeoTexx contender, can not only wade through the Octopresence ModOps forces cracking down on illegal Blaston matches in The Warhouse arena, but they can also make their way to the new arena, Scrapper’s Market, and take on their boss, Argentia.

The update also brings new social features that should help players better connect. A new social hub, called Ozo Lounge, lets players socialize, challenge each other to duels, take pictures and upload them to Discord, enjoy the jukebox in Disco 99, and play a newly refined version of Super Alien Blast, the game’s arcade-game-within-a-game.

Oh, and if you happen to own a bHaptics TactSuit, Crackdown also includes support for the Quest version of the game, so those users can feel incoming hits.

“We’ve seen more than 4 million online matches of Blaston played to date, and we’re just getting started,” said Tommy Palm, founder and CEO of Resolution Games. “With new players discovering Blaston every day, we’re committed to building out our virtual world of underground combat for a long time to come. Crackdown is just one of several significant updates that are already on our roadmap — with a big focus on giving competitors everything they need to feel like a virtual champion.”

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  • Tommy

    This developer is participating with Facebook to bring ads into VR games. This would be acceptable if the game were free to play, but it is not.
    I will not longer support any games from this developer.

  • Colin Parnell

    I would add PLEASE if I were you Tommy, as its likely to get a better response than a demand. Its difficult to stop people from wanting to try what looks like a good game in VR, and perhaps the way to go is to support the game (already seems to have a lot, so must be quite a good game) but to then complain to FB and make news about it so that more people know about the issue. If the ads are like product placements in movies I will be ok with it to be honest, but if its like YouTube videos cutting in I would stop playing the game due to frustration, and I think many people may do the same, making the online arenas ghost towns, pushing FB and this dev to rethink.

    • Charles

      Yeah, because Facebook ALWAYS listens to complaints about their negative business practices…

  • xyzs

    ‘Blaston’ Gets Single-player Campaign & Social Features in New ‘Crackdown’ Update

    You mean it ads a Single-player Campaign & Social Features ?

    • Sven Viking

      I’d just like to add that they will no longer add ads, though they add that they may add ads to Bait. I expect some will be mad and say it’s still bad to add ads, but at least it’s a free game this time.