Section 8

Key events

10th September 2010

Section 8 sequel announced

7th September 2009

Section 8

Section 8 sequel announced

Section 8 sequel announced

TimeGate taking pride in Prejudice.

A sequel to multiplayer shooter Section 8 has been announced. This will be known as Section 8: Prejudice and be released next year.

There aren't any platforms mentioned nor gameplay details offered, but there is a reveal trailer stuffed with gameplay that should do the trick. That's over on GameTrailers.

Section 8 was released last September on PC and Xbox 360, and in March this year on PS3. The game's hook was dropping futuristic soldiers onto a map from orbital dropships - a controllable descent that meant an end to spawn points and a choice of landing destination. Jetpacks and a powerful sprint ability also meant rapid navigation to other areas on the map.

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Section 8 gets map pack DLC

Three maps, 10 achievements.

SouthPeak and TimeGate have released the first downloadable content for their sci-fi shooter Section 8.

UK charts: Guitar Hero 5 beats Beatles

Plus: McRae sees off Batman.

Guitar Hero 5 has become the first in the leading music series to debut at the top of the UK all-formats chart, outselling colossal rival The Beatles: Rock Band to do so.

Section 8

Section 8

A hard landing.

TimeGate Studios has a habit of doing things differently. The developer's real-time strategy series, Kohan, was greeted with a mixture of glee and puzzlement by the gaming community: it was good, but it was somehow unfamiliar. TimeGate hadn't bothered to ape what everyone else was doing and had created something mechanically unusual, if thematically stuck within the same old fantasy tradition. The same seems to be true of Section 8.

While gun-toting soldiers in space-armour seems like the most generic subject imaginable, the execution and delivery is rather unlike that of this game's peers. Jetpacks might suggest that Section 8 is taking cues from the linear nature of the Tribes games, but it doesn't play like them. The closest in terms of pace is probably Halo, but Section 8's broad multiplayer palette is entirely unlike anything Bungie have attempted. It's akin, in many ways, to Sony's MMOFPS, Planetside - but it's not an MMO, more a Battlefield-like shooter.

Section 8 is a multiplayer combat game which does not seem to have learned that lesson about improving on what the last guy did. TimeGate is, once again, doing something that doesn't quite fit into our familiar gaming templates, and that is both the crowning strength and undermining weakness of the game.

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Host a Section 8 server for PC/360

Windows app for doing so out soon.

TimeGate and SouthPeak have announced that Section 8 will allow players to host dedicated servers for both the PC and Xbox 360 versions on their Windows PCs.

SouthPeak confirms Section 8 date

SouthPeak confirms Section 8 date

Plus: 360 MP demo due this month.

SouthPeak has told Eurogamer that Section 8 will launch simultaneously for PC and Xbox 360 on 4th September.

Preceding that will be the European beta, which begins Monday 10th August on PC and later this month on Xbox 360 - exactly when, however, depends on Microsoft.

Section 8 is a futuristic first-person shooter focused mainly on multiplayer, although a short story campaign does feature. The big idea is to give players jetpacks and have them bounce around battlefields, scoping out the terrain and action and tactically choosing where to land.

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Section 8

Multiplayer mashup.

Ever since TimeGate Studios first unveiled its science-fiction first-person shooter Section 8 early last year, it has stressed the need to do things differently. Its goals are noble: to eliminate spawn-camping, one-shot kills and team-killing for vehicles, and to speed up the return to action after you die. It also wants to create a more tactical experience which plays out differently each time, and isn't simply a case of memorising the map and the godforsaken spawn-points.

Enrolment for Section 8 beta now open

Enrolment for Section 8 beta now open

Play SouthPeak's new FPS this summer.

SouthPeak has opened registration for the Section 8 PC beta taking place this summer.

Section 8, for those who aren't familiar, is a PC first-person shooter said to offer "unprecedented strategic control over the battlefield". Set in the distant future, it's about what happens when Earth's colonies start to revolt and the elite 8th Armoured Infantry troops are sent to shut them down.

They're otherwise known as Section 8, a nickname based on the old military regulation which saw soldiers classed as unfit for duty due to mental instability. They've got powered suits of armour and a lot of courage, dropping directly into the battlefield from 15,000 feet.

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Section 8

Burning in the multiplayer.

Hands up if you've seen much of the old military hospital comedy, M*A*S*H. You're probably around my age. Being as old as we are has its disadvantages. Forgetfulness and incontinence, for two - and it's terrible walking around having forgotten you've wet yourself - but we're slightly more likely to get the reference behind Section 8's bland title. One of M*A*S*H's long-standing characters was Corporal Maxwell Klinger. This hairy gentleman would constantly try to get discharged from the US Army under Section 8 - a provision which allowed mentally ill soldiers to be sent home. He'd demonstrate his insanity, mainly, by wearing a dress. Anyone in their thirties might be crushingly disappointed this isn't the world's first commercial cross-dressing shooter.

TimeGate's new shooter unveiled

FEAR expansion blokes go mental.

TimeGate Studios has signed on with Gamecock Media Group to get its upcoming multiformat science-fiction shooter Section 8 into those shop things in 2009, with platforms and other specifics to-be-confirmed.