Bethesda has announced the first game by its Texas-based subsidiary BattleCry Studios. The game is a free-to-play multiplayer combat title called BattleCry. Here’s a CGI teaser trailer.

Battlecry will feature “fast-paced and frenetic 32-player battles”, and brutal melee combat, all highlighted by visuals created by Viktor Antonov (Half-Life 2, Dishonored).

The game is set in a world where gunpowder has been banned since the early 20th century. Instead of traditional warfare, all conflicts are settled by teams of elite warriors trained and bred for battle. The two factions – the powerful Royal Marines or the fearless Cossacks – fight each other in WarZones designed “to combine positioning, spacing, and verticality to redefine your core combat experience.”

No gun power means no guns, but that doesn’t mean BattleCry is just clubs and swords. Players will equip powerful bows that can penetrate armor, swords that can transform into shields and blades powered by electro-static energy.

Battlecry will be playable at Bethesda’s booth at E3 and will reach beta on the PC in 2015.

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