First Contact Entertainment shares advanced techniques and strategies for their intense team-based PS VR FPS.
Hi guys, it’s Shabs here from First Contact Entertainment–the developers behind Firewall Zero Hour, the PS VR-exclusive 4v4 tactical shooter!*
It’s been almost two months since launch, and what a ride it’s been! In the time since then, we have received so much awesome feedback from the amazing PS VR community. We were overjoyed at the news that Firewall Zero Hour was PS VR’s #1 most downloaded game in August and September. We have loved seeing all of your hilarious videos, showcasing your many styles of gameplay, teamwork, and communication. From sleuthing out signal modifiers together, to crazy grenade hi-jinks, to entire matches being played with pre-organized team rules like “knife-play only”… we absolutely enjoy seeing every minute of your creativity!
We’ve been listening closely to your feedback along the way. Since launch, we’ve released new updates to the game, improving things like matchmaking wait times, squad matchmaking, and the customization with Crypto process. We are working on continued improvements to the game such as dealing with AFK players, weapon offset options, anti-aliasing for PS4 Pro, and more.
We also launched our first DLC this week, featuring brand new cosmetics like weapon skins, face paints, and trinkets. Check it out below! We think you’ll especially be into the Halloween face paint, which will be free for PS Plus members** and available to download for a limited time only (10/23 – 11/1).
Next, we are excited to share with you some of our team’s favorite tactics for the game, in a new episode of Firewall Zero Hour 101: Advanced Techniques:
Other Favorite Strategies
Additionally, below are some of our other favorite strategies that did not make it into the Advanced Techniques video. Perhaps you’ve already been experimenting with some of these, if not, we highly recommend you do:
- As a Defender, coordinate with your team to equip both signal modifiers and doorblockers in a map that lets you get real sneaky with them. You can influence an enemy’s path using door blockers.
- One favorite custom loadout involves bringing in a Revive Pistol with Smoke Grenades for a medic support approach. If there’s a friendly who needs a revive, pop a Smoke Grenade and then target your downed teammate with the Revive Pistol. This increases the likelihood of your teammate having a chance to take cover, using the smoke as concealment after being revived.
- Experiment with setting out two mines a few feet apart, so that when an enemy passes near one of them and hears it beeping, they start running away and accidentally run into the second mine. Boom.
- Having Nala on your team (whose Primary Skill, Ghost, inhibits the setting off of mines) is an effective counter-strategy against any Contractor on the opposing team that may have equipped the Instant Karma skill, in which a player’s corpse is rigged with an armed proximity mine.
- Flanking can be a crucial strategy when timed right. Pulling off an effective flank requires a combination of communication, teamwork, and timing. If you are trying to pull off a flank, tell your teammates to make some noise to pull the enemies’ attention elsewhere; it could mean the difference between a win and a loss.
- Okoro, whose Primary Skill of Heavy Duty resists explosive damage, is a powerful component of any team. When you assign Bullet Sponge to him as a Secondary Skill, he is extremely useful to a Defending team.
Thanks again for playing the game and making the launch such an amazing experience. We are committed to supporting Firewall Zero Hour long-term with continued updates and DLC. See you online, Contractors!
*An internet connection is required for all modes of Firewall Zero Hour, including Single Player Training Mode. An active PS Plus membership is required for Multiplayer Training and Multiplayer Contract modes.
**Halloween face paint available only for active PS Plus members.