London-based Kwari has announced the first details of its forthcoming self-titled online first person shooter, introducing a new 'anti-social gaming' system where real-world cash is exchanged for player damage in an otherwise free to download game.
The game, says Kwari, is based on the concept of "money changing hands at a tremendously fast rate," and promises that it was "developed using some of the most advanced technology available to ensure total financial infallibility fused with benchmark playability."
Apart from selling ammunition to players rather than charging for a subscription, skill-matched contestants agree to stakes and enter an arena, where successful hits subtract money from the victim's account and add it to the shooters -- from one cent to one dollar per hit. Notes the release, "In a way, the player’s money stake mirrors their in-game health, except it’s exchanged from one player to another."
Kwari also explains that the game will feature "jackpot prizes," requiring players to self-inflict damage from hazards or by jumping from the top of the arena. The jackpots are to be awarded hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly, with the latter "are expected to pay out millions of dollars," all coming from player fees.
Said Kwari founder and creator Eddie Gill, “Money changes everything. I wanted to create something that had more of a buzz than a traditional FPS. The concept of playing for money is not a new one. However, these games tend to be an existing multiplayer game with a cash prize tagged on the end, much like clan tournaments, which means only a minority walk away with cash winnings – and usually a small amount at that.”
The game is expected to be released at the end of the year, but a beta test has been announced, with interested players able to sign up for a slot at the game's website