iTunesArtworkWe've been beyond stoked for Gun Media's Breach & Clear since we first heard rumblings of it appearing on the show floor of PAX East. In a nutshell, the game is a top-town squad-based strategy title where you control a team of elite dudes who, per the shockingly appropriate title of the game, both breach and clear rooms filled with bad guys.

We got a long look at the game back at GDC, so, if you need a refresher be sure to check out this video from E3. Keep in mind, this was a few months ago, and the game has (likely) changed a fair bit since then as they ramp up to release:

Back then, we were more than a little worried about just how free to play the game looked. I mean, with all the various currencies ever-present in the game's UI, it seemed like Breach & Clear was on cruise control to the "Ugh this is a cool game but I wish I could just pay for it and play it" offramp on the App Store super highway.

Here's some fantastic news, straight from executive producer Robert Bowling: "Our focus is entirely on gameplay and as we got further into development, we kept having to make tough choices between gameplay and free-to-play. Ultimately, we decided, to deliver the best Breach & Clear experience to our audience, we would need to make all of these features available upfront with the purchase of the game."

Now this is a trend I can totally get behind. Breach & Clear is launching sometime this summer for the reasonable price of $3.99. I can't wait.

  • oooooomonkey

    Give me a "Hell Yeah!" That's some great news

  • Morgan01

    Yeay! A none Freemium title!

  • Bool Zero

    Actually I was totally excited for this game when initially announced... And the they mentioned that it would be free to play... at which point I became immediately disinterested as this particular style of game does not benefit from a free to play model. With this news, I am all in again and await purchasing this day one! Bring it on!

  • swarmster

    Fighting dudes is infinitely more entertaining than fighting paywalls. They certainly have my attention.

  • GiHubb

    Reminds me of Frozen Synapse but not sure if this is superior gameplay wise. Time will tell. Happy they dumped F2P though!

    • jForsythe

      I've played alot of frozen synapse and this does look like is plays the same but with better graphics. Looking forward to this was going to get xcom but now I'll wait for this.

  • araczynski

    i like the level of control they've been able to implement here, impressive, kudos to the code monkeys. sadly, this isn't a genre i'm interested in.

  • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

    Even after hearing this would be free-to-play I decided to give the developers the benefit of the doubt and trusted they'd find a balance we'd be happy with. Seems I was right to, I have a lot of respect for any developer who accepts when then F2P payment model is interfering with gameplay too much and refuses to allow it to happen. Day-one purchase!

  • {SQUEEK}

    Reminds me of Frontline Tactics. It was fun game. Freebie. I'm interested in this just hope for a lite version demo before I just buy it though.

  • FIFTHSUN2012

    YAY!! Premium not freemium. This is one of my most anticipated games.

  • King Random

    :D

  • iValerio90

    ooooh f**k yeah !! its mine !

    F**K FREEMIUM F**K EA

    • Zeldaniac

      SHUT UP

      • iValerio90

        ooooh f**k yeah !! its mine !

        F**K FREEMIUM F**K EA
        (weapons are REAL or..invented ? )

    • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

      Just trolling by now.

  • Bruce Morrison

    A few weeks after release:

    Well, only 5% of our players bought the game, the rest pirated it. We can no longer afford to support the game.

    • PureRumble

      I cerainly hope it doesnt turn out like that, but piracy is not an as huge problem on ios as other platforms (but i still dont think its negligible)

      But u forget that freemium games can be hacked too so that all their IAPs become free.

      And then they truly deserve the name freemium :-/

  • Maniacfive

    I'm all for freemium if its fits the gameplay. (Looking at you Tapped Out.) but hate it when they shoehorn freemium elements where they don't belong. (Looking at you real racing 3.) so for the devs to have looked at it and decided, nope, this isn't going to work as a freemium title, well, I'm happy with that.

  • orangecan

    Please work on the touch 4th gen....

  • chanandler

    Wow I'm impressed, a developer that has put customers first, I may have to buy it just for the statement they have made.... Take note others developers, freemium in its current state is not sustainable :-)

  • Anthony

    So mad right now that XCOM: Enemy Unknown came out for $20 and I would love to support it, but I already own it on consoles. I'm happy about this and hoping they do DLC that will make it a full game.

  • PureRumble

    Good news, but dont forget that since day one they had been developing it as a freemium game and so baking in some of those freemium game elements that the community (mostly?) dislikes.

    My concern is that it remains to be seen if they have truly removed all those elements and if not then atleast to what extent.

    • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

      Surely what's what he's addressing with that statement? They didn't like the parts they were baking in, so they removed them.

      • PureRumble

        So u think/hope the game's gonna head out without a single iap (except DLCs)?

        I think not

      • http://ask.fm/MidianGTX MidianGTX

        Does it matter? If it's not freemium, the IAP will be appropriate. They promised it'd be fair even when it WAS freemium, so how you're managing to put a downer on this great news is beyond me.

      • PureRumble

        Look, why are we even arguing? Its pointless. The game will eventually launch and time will tell what's the case

  • Delta8A

    Once I've learned that Bowling prick is behind this game - I've lost all interest, and not surprised it went premium. That shmack is one of the biggest bs-artists in the world. Burn, you pricks.

    • PureRumble

      Wow... aaaaaah, care to elaborate on your accusations???

      • Maniacfive

        I wouldn't pay them much heed. From the tone and the fact he considers $3.99 premium, probably an angry CoD kiddie.

  • FuZion

    I'm bought. Looking forward to the release.

  • DemoEvolved

    Ofc they can launch at 3.99 and still have IAPs, gradually lower the price as the excitement wears off. Tons of games do this.

  • grits

    Woooooow awesome. Someone w design integrity.

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    I would gladly purchase this game for $5 as opposed to micro transactions or IAP. There needs to be some serious back lash to that method of gaming.

  • FuzzyMuzzy

    Did he say he's with Robert Bowling the modern warfare seris creater

  • usagisan

    I Want!

  • icoker

    when will this release????