Section 8: Prejudice

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Available to fire up on XBLA today.

Section 8: Prejudice

Survival of the fittest.

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Downloadable April 20th on XBLA.

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Section 8: Prejudice DLC for PSN

Frontier Colonies pack out this month.

The PlayStation 3 version of acclaimed arena shooter Section 8: Prejudice gets a new DLC pack this month, developer TimeGate Studios has announced.

Section 8: Prejudice dated for PSN

Plus, new map pack for XBLA users.

Multiplayer FPS sequel Section 8: Prejudice finally lands on PlayStation Network on 27th July priced at £12.99, developer TimeGate Studios has announced.

New Section 8: Prejudice DLC announced

New Section 8: Prejudice DLC announced

Two extra maps for downloadable FPS.

A new map pack is on its way to PC/Xbox Live Arcade shooter Section 8 Prejudice, developer TimeGate Studios has announced.

Due out 1st June priced at 320 Microsoft Points, the Overdrive DLC adds the Abaddon and Sky Dock maps.

The former is set in a power cell facility among the magma craters of Abaddon, whereas the latter is a military base and space port nestled in frozen tundra.

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Section 8: Prejudice

Section 8: Prejudice

Survival of the fittest.

Despite generating the sort of revenue that could bail out a high street bank, first-person shooters are in crisis. There's a sense that the tide is turning against the market leaders, that too many iterations in too short a space of time have burned out the hardcore, leaving little enthusiasm for new additions to the shooter family tree. We probably won't feel the impact for another few years, but there's a large meteorite headed for these lumbering, violent dinosaurs of the gaming scene.

The original Section 8 was an early casualty of this Darwinian evolution, even as its DNA strived to become something more. It was packed with interesting ideas, ranging from a supercharged "overdrive" sprint to free-form aerial spawn points that allowed you to drop from the clouds to any point on the battlefield. But few could see past the surface similarities to Halo to appreciate the hybrid creature underneath.

This download-only sequel could still suffer the same fate. The back story is a generic wash of clichés, taking in armoured super-soldiers, imperilled space colonies and genetically modified enemies with a grudge against humanity. And since Halo: Reach added jetpacks to Bungie's arsenal, Section 8's most obvious point of difference has been co-opted by its better-known rival. At first glance, this is Space Marine Shooter #425, but in fact it is far more.

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Section 8: Prejudice release date

Section 8: Prejudice release date

A retail shooter in download disguise?

Beefy downloadable multiplayer shooter Section 8: Prejudice will be released first on Xbox Live Arcade on 20th April.

A Games for Windows - Live launch comes next on 4th May.

A PlayStation Network release follows, albeit ambiguously in "summer 2011".

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Section 8: Prejudice

Freefalling.

"We took a pretty critical look at Section 8, both from an analytical standpoint in terms of server metrics, and from the pulse of positive and negative player feedback. We've used the points where we needed to improve as pillars for the development of Prejudice."

Sequel Section 8: Prejudice just £10

Sequel Section 8: Prejudice just £10

Multiplayer-focused FPS download only.

The decision not to sell Section 8 sequel Prejudice in shops has been made; TimeGate will offer the game online only, for 1200 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360 and $14.99 on PC and PS3.

Pound sterling and Euro prices weren't given, but 1200 MSP usually translates to £9.99/£12.99 on PS3.

The decision, TimeGate no doubt hopes, will have gamers scratching their heads and asking how a jam-packed game like this isn't on shop shelves and priced at £40. That probably won't happen, but there is a lot on offer in Section 8: Prejudice, which serves as a neat reminder of how far the console download space has come.

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Section 8: Prejudice beta incoming

Section 8: Prejudice beta incoming

New screens drop in too.

A multiplayer beta for Section 8: Prejudice, the follow-up to last year's multiplayer space shooter, has just been announced by developer TimeGate Studios.

You can sign up on its website, but keep in mind that the beta is PC only.

The original Section 8 won a very respectable 8/10 from Eurogamer's Jim Rossignol last year. He reckoned it was, "capable of scintillating multiplayer drama, and it is impeccably solid throughout."

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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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