You don't see this often. Brink developer Splash Damage is stepping into mobile, but it's doing it with a newly created in-house publisher, WarChest. Consisting of staff sliced and diced from the Splash Damage team, WarChest is primed to deliver quality free-to-play games across iPhone, iPad, and other handsets. We spoke with a Splash Damage marketing dude at the studio the other night, and he seemed revved about the opportunity and the change of pace this represents for the studio. It as a whole, however, will continue developing games in the triple A space. In fact, there's a PC-exclusive free-to-play game and a separate free-to-play console game in the works right now.

At the moment, WarChest is buckling down on a game called RAD Soldiers. It's an asynchronous multiplayer strategy game with a beautiful look and a great premise. Set in London after an evacuation, you and a team of "collectible" mercenaries battle for control of the territory. As you play, you'll assemble your group of ruffians, as well as customize their gear, outfits, and special abilities. It's free-to-play, so you'll be using in-game currency to unlock stuff, including new soldiers, equipment, and customization.

“Turn-based combat means there’s no rush, allowing you to ponder your next move at your leisure, and giving you ample time to unleash your inner tactical genius” WarChest CCO Richard Jolly said in a statement, “and you’ll earn valuable experience for your soldiers whenever you play, leveling up your squad commander to unlock new abilities”.

We've got the first trailer available for viewing just below, and we think it'll give you a great idea of what to expect. RAD Soldiers is slated for a June 2012 launch across iPhone and iPad. Many map, solider, and weapon updates are planned to follow. We'll be getting our hands on this soon, so stay tuned. Oh, and if that video got you jumpy to play, go ahead and register your name now.

  • B30 B30

    Looks very good, I like the design and art style.

  • Adams Immersive

    Splash Damage made the best FPS of all time (I love the opportunities for creative tactics): Quake Wars. So I’m already interested in whatever their new venture brings! (A touch-friendly realtime class-based team shooter, first- or third-person, would be awesome. Enemy Territory-style, not dumbed down even if the controls have to be simplifed! Well, I can dream.)

    But I’m an asynch turn-based fan as well. This looks good!Of course, I hope the IAP is handled right and has no impact on game balance/winning. (I wouldn’t mind cosmetic IAP, or unlocking of exclusive arenas/maps, say.) I get a little nervous when a company’s very mission is free-to-play. It seems like backwards priorities: games that are fun and profitable should be the mission, with free-to-play being one way (not the only way) to try for that goal.

  • Quickmix

    Looks cool. I think that is a Game for me 🙂

  • Thor

    This looks very promising. I'm anxiously awaiting June now.

  • Stark

    Free-to-play means tons of IAPs or ads. But I love the style.

  • Gemutlichkeit

    Looks great! I'm a sucker for turn based games (only if they're done well naturally).

  • maniacfive

    wet my kecks at the sight of this until i saw free to ploy. i reserve judgement.

  • Tyler Piderit

    Ohhh man this looks great! Definitely interested. For some reason the colorful style and art reminds me of that old PC game Freedom Force. Love it.

  • Deric

    holy crap, I'm not into these type of games but this looks insanely awesome!

  • Jay Swartzfeger

    Looks like Pixar meets X-Com!

    • Jay

       I was thinking "Team Fortress 2" meets "X-Com" 🙂

  • DwayneW

    "Gentlemen," this looks fantastic.

  • Dave911

    any single player or is it all multi?

    • umang maisheri

      Same question here... usually free to play / TBSs are not given a lot of multiplayer content 🙁

  • Tomáš Damborský

    Free to play? NOOOOOOOOOO! I'd rather spend +-4 dollars by buying this game instead of inapp purchases.

  • GamerChica

    Game looks pretty cool indeed. I like the ability to not have to play game in real time so you can actually think of your next move. I can see myself replacing draw something with this game for sure.

  • Jay

    I laughed out loud at that trailer a few times.  I think that means I need to buy this game 🙂