Frag Lab’s new free-to-play FPS game Shatterline has received early access on Steam, after several years of development and numerous complications along the way. Frag Lab says on the company’s website that the team is made up of industry veterans, but Shatterline is the studio’s first project. Developing and launching a game is hard enough in most cases, although Frag Lab faced several additional, even life-threatening challenges along the way.
Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Frag Lab not only faced the difficulties of completing development as the war raged across the country, but once the development ended, they faced the challenge of to publish the game yourself. Frag Lab originally partnered with Wargaming, a publisher known for MMOs and free-to-play games, but the partnership apparently ended as the team posted on Twitter that they had completed the game and launched it in early access without any help from a publisher.
Frag Lab describes Shatterline as a hybrid FPS arena game with roguelike co-op and multiple PvP modes including conquest and escort. It features eight agents and a whopping 25 customizable weapons.
Shatterline’s early access debut was a bit rocky, as all such ventures are, but just hours after the Steam game launched, Frag Lab already has fixes and changes in the works based on community feedback. The main issue is dealing with server shortages, the team said on Twitteras Shatterline turns out to be more popular than the team expected.
Other issues include the usual balances, along with progress adjustments. The game will be offline for a while on September 9, while Frag Lab releases Shatterline’s first hotfix.
The response to the game has been more enthusiastic than Frag Lab expected, and so far the response to the issues and solutions has been fairly positive as well. In a situation similar to when Splitgate was first launched, the development team is working closely with the community to tailor the experience and address the most pressing concerns players have as they get used to the game.
With Splitgate stepping out of early access and missing all the key features of 1047, Shatterline might be worth checking out as a contender for the next big multiplayer FPS.
If you’re looking for something else to play while the Shatterline servers are down, our picks for the best multiplayer games and the best free games on PC should help you while away the time.