New Killzone Shadow Fall Multiplayer Info Released
Sony has posted a new Q&A with Guerrilla Games talking about Killzone Shadow Fall’s multiplayer. They talk about the new weapons, features of the game, the season pass, and more.
Will Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer have a variable frame rate?
No, we’re running 60fps. However, the game may drop a few frames in extreme situations – when there are a lot of GPU-intensive things going on at once. Guaranteeing a constant 60fps under such circumstances would’ve required undesired concessions.
We wanted to make sure Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer would present a visual spectacle, boasting a stunning level of detail in 1080p at 60fps, while still allowing 24 players and their drones (effectively 48 entities) to take part at once. We’re very proud of the results – when you move through the maps you’ll notice lots of intricate details, from beautiful reflective surfaces to individually moving leaves on the foliage.
Notably, Killzone Shadow Fall will run on dedicated servers worldwide.
What is Killzone Shadow Fall’s multiplayer network structure like?
Killzone Shadow Fall has dedicated servers hosted in various regions around the world. These servers do not run the logic of the game – they only act as a hub between the clients, forwarding network traffic from one player in game to all other players in game. This allows people with a slower connection or strict firewall settings to play without issues. Almost all logic relating to you (e.g. moving, shooting and taking damage) runs on your local PS4, with only a very small portion of the game logic (i.e. mission/scoring logic) running on the ‘session master’, one PS4 in the game selected for its connection quality.
And here’s a few details regarding how the Season Pass will work.
If multiplayer map packs are free, what is the Season Pass for?
The Killzone Shadow Fall Season Pass entitles you to:
- an online co-op expansion pack that introduces a brand-new horde mode for up to 4 players
- three arena map packs for use with the online co-op expansion pack, and
- two additional multiplayer expansion packs that will be detailed at a later date.
The expansion packs and map packs covered by the Season Pass do not include maps for Killzone Shadow Fall’s built-in multiplayer mode – as we’ve said before , such maps will be released for free so as not to fragment the online community.