In the first of several forthcoming posts highlighting Killzone: Shadow Fall‘s three multiplayer character classes—Assault, Scout, and Support—community editor Victor Zuylen details the offensive and defensive capabilities of the Assault class.
According to Zuylen, who penned the post, the Assault class is equipped with five primary weapon slots and one primary ability: the Nano Shield. The Nano Shield creates a barrier that blocks enemy fire, but permits players and allies to keep up the offensive by allowing their projectiles through.
In addition to the Nano Shield, players who choose the Assault class can pick one of three secondary abilities: Speed Dash, Stun Blast, or Buddy Drone. Speed Dash, as the name implies, allows for faster movement for a brief period of time. This is particularly useful during Search & Destroy mission modes, says Zuylen, as well as for getting out of jams when health is low.
Stun Blast, expectedly, temporarily paralyzes and blinds enemies, while the Buddy Drone ability lets loose a flying combat drone that will automatically attack enemies who are close by. Players can also give their drone a personal touch through customized skins.
Character classes in Shadow Fall‘s multiplayer are balanced by way of counters. Every class’ abilities has a counter. For the Assault class, the Nano Shield or Buddy Drone are particularly susceptible to E-Pulse attacks (though which of the remaining two classes, Scout or Support, can unleash that has yet to be revealed).
Killzone: Shadow Fall launches exclusively for the PlayStation 4 alongside the console on November 15 in North America, November 29 in Europe.