killstrainDigital Release:PlayStation 4
June 28, 2016 (AU)
July 12, 2016 (EU, US)
Delisting:December 18, 2017
Developer:San Diego Studio
Publisher:Sony
Available On:PlayStation 4 (until 12/18/17)
Links:Kill Strain homepage
PlayStation.com page
PlayStation Store page

Delisting

In April of 2017 the Sony Europe game servers support page first announced that Kill Strain would be shut down on July 1st, 2017. PlayStation Lifestyle and Trophy hunting forums reported the news at the time but the game remained online and playable after the July 1st deadline. By October the Sony Europe page was updated again, this time stating that Kill Strain would be shut down on December 18th, 2017.

Speculation

No explanation was given — the game’s social media accounts went silent just months after release — but low player retention and sales of content are likely the cause. The game’s homepage offers several leaderboards of recent activity and for the day of October 5th, 2017 it appears there were just 103 players.

 

About the Game

The Strain has emerged in our world and mankind is keen to exploit its power. Mercenaries and Mutants take sides in an epic confrontation. Will you help protect our world from the Strain, or exploit its resources in the name of power and personal gain?

  • Players engage in an intense three sided battle: Humans vs Humans vs Mutants
  • Mutants have the ability to turn Humans into additional Mutants – every match is dynamic
  • Top down action shooter
  • Free to Play
  • Persistent account progression
  • Build a collection of ruthless Mercenaries and terrifying Mutants!

Inventive 5v5v2 Gameplay: Two teams of (5) humans and one team of (2) mutants engage in a three-way tug of war for control of the battlefield

Dynamic Team-Sizing: Kill Strain introduces a novel cyclical “turning” mechanic where players turn their enemies from humans to mutants in order to build their team

Free to Play: Kill Strain is free to download and play, but never pay to win.

Intricate Character Progression: With the ability to play as human or mutant, players can tailor the technological enhancements of their human character and biological enhancements of their mutants to their individual play style.

High Replayability: The “turning” mechanic delivers players a fresh experience every round. Kill Strain will also roll out new content for players to upgrade their characters, new maps, and more on a regular basis

 

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