CrossfireX is definitely something to keep you eyes on for 2022. Crossfire is a multiplayer first-person shooter on PC, it’s a huge smash hit and it’s coming to the West in February. As well as free-to-play multiplayer mode, the developers Smilegate have team up with Remedy (of Alan Wake and Control fame) to produce a single-player campaign mode for CrossfireX.
The original Crossfire is massive in Asian markets, with hundreds of millions of players, making it one of the most played games of all time. This success has been driven by the free-to-play multiplayer mode, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Remedy have come up with regarding the single-player campaign. I would expect a lot of high-octane action, with a sprinkle of the strange and maybe supernatural, which Remedy are known for. It’s certainly a tantilising partnership, and if Crossfire X can have a fraction of the success here as it does in Asian, then this is going to be hugely popular.
What is CrossfireX?
CrossfireX is the sequel to the original Crossfire, and this new version is going to be bigger and better than ever. It’s also going to be optimised for Xbox Series S and X, so it’ll be taking advantage of the new hardware. This one was revealed back at E3 in 2019, along with the surprising announcement that Remedy were involved. Back then Remedy had just come off the hugely successful Control, which many touted as game of the year for 2018. Remedy are known for their single-player games like Alan Wake and Control, plus they have the upcoming Alan Wake 2. It looks like they have been busy since the release of Control and it’s going to be interesting to see their imprint on CrossfireX.
CrossfireX’s multiplayer and single player are going to be slightly seperate from each other, in a similar way to Halo Infinite. The game has been delayed a few times, most likely due to Covid, plus you have a global collaboration going on with Smilegate based in China, Remedy based in Finland and Xbox are publishing most likely based in the US. It was slated as a launch title for Xbox Series S and X, however, it’s been pushed back a few times, but it was confirmed at the Game Awards 2021 that the release date is scheduled for February 10th 2022 on Xbox platforms. It’s not coming to gamepass, given the multiplayer is free-to-play, you’ll most likely be able to download this through the Microsoft Store, much like other free to play games like Fortnite, Warzone and others.
Players join one of two teams, either Global Risk or Black List. In regards to the gameplay CrossfireX is similar to CSGO or Valorant, so it’s a tactical shooter with a fast time to kill. There is a huge selection of weapons and gear, and given it’s free-to-play I would imagine there’s going to be a whole host of micro-transactions to go along with this.
You can play as Legendary Mercenaries, these are powerful operatives with unique abilities. If you perform well in mwatches then you get the opportunity to play as these Mercs, so that’s plenty of incentive to have a good game. CrossfireX has a Tactical Growth System, where you have some in-game mechanics to allow you to evolve over the series of matches.
We don’t know a lot about customisation and monetization. We know you can customise the look and feel of Operatives, but we don’t know much about the micro-transactions yet. I would imagine we’ll have something similar to Halo Infinite, Fortnite and Warzone when it comes to a Battle Pass and other progression.
We don’t know too much about the campaign, other than it’s going to look into the faction ravilary with Global Risk and Black List, the two competing factions from PVP. The campaign itself will be split into two halves, Operation Catalyst and then Operation Spectre where we’ll have unique perspectives from each side of the war. I’vementioned Remedy a few times, but having them as the developers of the main campaign has me really excited. Recent campaigns in first-person shooters have been a little lacklustre with Call of Duty Vanguard, and then Battlefield 2042 removing the single-player campaign all together. I have high hope for what Remedy can do with the CorssfireX brand.
The game isn’t coming to PlayStation or PC at the moment, however, given it’s success in the east on PC, I imagine it’ll come to PC after the exclusivity window elapses. CrossfireX is scheduled for release on Xbox Series X and S on February 10th 2022.