The sequel to 2010 downloadable FPS Blacklight: Tango Down has just got itself a name - Blacklight Retribution - and a publisher.

First revealed earlier this year, the Zombie Studios-developed game is being re-modeled as a free-to-play PC shooter, built on Unreal Engine 3 with DirectX 11 support.

As shown in the trailer below, the game is taking a more futuristic approach than its predecessor, with rocket-powered mechs joining the fray.

Torchlight backer Perfect World have signed on to publish, taking over from Ignition. No release date has been pinned down yet.

"We've wanted to develop a high quality and yet free-to-play first person shooter for years, which is why we're excited to be teaming up with Perfect World, an online-game developer and operator with more than eight years of experience in the free-to-play space," said Zombie CEO Mark Long.

"We know how to make thrilling first person shooters and Perfect World have vast experience in publishing various games in different markets. With this alliance of expertise, PC gamers can look forward to a high quality first person shooter that is available for everyone to play."

The ambitious original promised much but failed to deliver when it arrived on PC, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade last year.

"The world simply doesn't need another passable multiplayer shooter whose only selling point is how little it costs compared to 'real' games," wrote Eurogamer Dan Whitehead in his 5/10 review.

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