If you didn’t pay for the early access version of the game on Steam, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex- First Assault Online will be taking the next steps in its development by going free-to-play open beta on Thursday July 28.
Before the game enters this stage however, interested players will be able to participate in the free weekend event, “Major Reflection”, and compete for a chance to win exclusive skins. The game is being developed by NeoPle and published by Nexon. First Assault originally released on the marketplace to multiple negative reviews, but the game has undergone a number of new implemented changes influenced by Early Access players.
First Assault is an online, squad based shooter taking place in the same universe as the critically acclaimed anime, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Players play as eight cyber-enhanced operatives across three main game types. With the game entering its open beta state at the end of July, the game will receive a new update that includes a new original operative along with a new game type that involves the shooters newly developed hacking mechanics.
For readers unfamiliar with NeoPle, they are responsible for developing other multiplayer-based games such as Dungeon Fighter and the Korean exclusive, Cypher. First Assault is their first attempt at developing a first-person shooter as well as their first game involving an official anime property.