Following the late delays to Watch Dogs and Evolution Studios’ DriveClub, Killzone: Shadow Fall has fast become one of the most anticipated first-party titles for PlayStation 4. With a little over a week until launch, Guerrilla games, the studio behind the post-apocalyptic franchise, has unveiled an all-new trailer for the game, which has been compressed into a download-only file to achieve the highest quality possible.
Clocking in at 541MB for approximately 01:14 of multiplayer footage, the file is available to download right here (although the site was experiencing some server issues at the time of writing). Furthermore, Michiel van der Leeuw, the studio’s technical director, prefaced the trailer reveal by explaining how gameplay performance has always been the crux of the development process.
“In order to properly demonstrate the framerate and resolution we achieve in Shadow Fall’s multiplayer, we’ve captured and lightly compressed new footage that we’re not offering through a video sharing service. Instead, we ask that you download and locally view the high-resolution, uncompressed footage directly from from us.”
Rendering natively at 1080p and boasting 60 frames per second, the footage is, as expected, visually striking. The video itself is captured from ‘The Park’ map, and hints toward some of the weapon systems lurking underneath Killzone: Shadow Fall‘s vibrant surface; such as the Auger-like nano shields. Depending on your own personal bandwidth, however, the file can take anywhere from 7-10 minutes to download. Mind you, linking it up to your big screen via a HDMI cable is a crafty way to glimpse next-gen gameplay ahead of time.
We understand that the multiplayer component for Killzone: Shadow Fall will forgo the traditional experience-based progression system; instead opting to implement various challenges that the player must overcome. These tasks will serve as the key means of improving your online rank, and the studio has claimed that the game will feature 1,500 individual challenges with the potential to add more further down the line.
Killzone: Shadow Fall will launch day and date with the PlayStation 4 when it hits retail stores on November 15th and 29th in North America and Europe, respectively. Until then, be sure to leave us your impressions of the footage in the comments below.