Fast-paced competitive FPS with character abilities. Combining realistic settings with superpowers. Geared toward ESPORT with In-game Map Editor. Organize tournaments, customize weapons and characters, replay matches, manage your team, variety of modes and exclusive attention to gunplay.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“At this stage, there will be frequent updates addressing any reported bugs or imbalances.
Early access allows for rapid testing of certain features or steering the way the game is headed more easily adjusting anything related to game balance based on early feedback.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Planned to leave early access as soon as no major or gameplay-breaking bugs were found.
By taking the current state of the game into account, approximately somewhere from the first month to about 3 months after early access release. this timeline could change.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Planning on overall polishment and improvement of in-game sections and more content ranging from weapons to game modes.
Launching the competitive matchmaking in beta and consistent ESPORT tournaments are part of post-launch plans.
Aside from that, improvement and QOL changes based on the early feedback.

As of now the plans for post-launch also include but are not limited to frequent content updates with the addition of more weapons, more characters, clothing and gears, maps and modes, balancing, etc.

Gameplay and Gunplay improvements are planned to be active as part of future updates even after the release.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“There will be server browsers with custom matches such as 5v5 round-based, FFA, TDM, Conquest and the Co-op Mutation Mode.
Limited content, placeholders and minor bugs are expected.
However, the game is in good shape for an early access release.

Initial early access servers will be available for regions US and UK. more region will be available in span of months after.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, as a perk for those who bought the game early on, there will be an slight increase in price after the early access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Your feedback, your shooter.
Steam Discussion forum will be surveyed constantly, please make your suggestions there.
Let your words out, do you feel that the game missing a feature?
Do you have an opinion about anything in the game?
All are welcome especially in early access the game will be built on your suggestion and things that make you enjoy the experience more.

How was your experience the first time you played? Do you have suggestions that can make it better?
From suggesting weapons to be added to quality-of-life improvements.

Support email could also be used as alternative:
support@aionware.com
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About This Game

Fast-paced competitive FPS with focus on Esports where it's possible to organize tournaments & leagues, customize your weapon & operator, watch your match replays for education or entertainment, create teams, a variety of modes, and exclusive attention to gunplay.

The main competitive core is a 5v5 tactical economy-based match with unique character abilities.


No SBMM for Custom matches and server browsers that are also available per region. where it's possible to play up to a total of 24 players, 12 on each team and modes ranging from FFA, TDM, 5v5 to mutation mode.

FEATURES IN EARLY ACCESS


  • Tournament System
  • Map Editor/Workshop Maps
  • Parkour (wall run, wall jump, vault)
  • Replay System
  • Team Creation
  • Voice Chat
  • Weapon & Operator Customization
  • FSR 2.0 & FSR 1.0
  • Server browser
  • Total of 4 Special Characters
  • Emotes
  • MODES

    • 5v5 (round-based)
    • Cargo Escort (round-based)
    • Mutation (zombies horde wave system)
    • FFA
    • TDM
    • GUN
    • Conquest
    • CQC Knife


procedurally generated maps

PLANNED FEATURES


  • Map Creator & Editor in-game (✔) ADDED!
  • Rent A Server (change many gameplay options)
  • Audio System re-work
  • Short Story Campaign
  • MODES

    • Cargo escort (✔) ADDED!
    • Parkour KOH
    • CQC Knife [expansion]

More features will be planned as the game progress.
New features will be added at the bottom of the list.

LEAGUE SYSTEM


The League System in-game makes it easier than ever to let you organize tournaments and set a prize pool along with game modes, number of participants, whether it's team-based, having entry fees or not and control over the tournament.

MAP EDITOR

Let your creativity be unleashed, LIGHTNING has a very approachable in-game map editor, with the option to Import your own models! the power to create is now in your hands.

CHARACTER SYSTEM


In Lightning, you're able to create and customize your operator the way you want them and then you're able to choose a power-enabled character whom you harness their special abilities and appearance for your own.

THE HORDE IS COMING


This mode consists of a wave system with mutant bosses. as you progress there will be stronger mutants and more boss waves.

REPLAY SYSTEM


Watch the replay of your past games and see how your opponent played their round with the capability to create gameplay moments.

PARKOUR


Wall run and wall jump across vertical surfaces,
In addition to being able to vault over obstacles, you can also utilize wall runs and jumps to take advantage of your surroundings. For instance, you could execute a wall jump from one surface to another and deliver a finishing attack by landing on your opponent.

CUSTOMIZATION


Weapon and Operator customization
Customize your weapon and operator with a large selection of gears and clothing

SKILL BASED


No weapon grind, focus on competing instead. all firearms will be accessible from the get-go.
The main competitive focus of the game will be an economy based 5v5 mode. where all utilities and firearms are buyable through match-earned credits.
Any firearm is capable to do a 1-shot headshot, your bullet exactly goes where the iron sight is when you're Aiming Down Sight, regardless of the recoil.
In economy mode due to buyable armor and helmet for increased protection, there may need for more than one bullet for a headshot with some specific weapons.

OPTIMIZATION


LIGHTNING is optimized in favor of performance to meet the competitive scene standards while keeping the quality level high.


A new matchmaking algorithm has been in development and is being made in-house

LIGHTNING is the work of a single game developer, created by passion. the final vision for LIGHTNING is yet to be reached. but it's closer than ever.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Some content of this game may not be appropriate for all ages:
Playing against other players: Low to mild display of blood
Playing against zombies: Gore, decapitation and piles of bodies are frequently observed.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: 64-bit Windows 7, 8.1, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 series | AMD FX-6300
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Minimum required graphic card could be slightly less than the standard requirement if FSR is enabled. systems below the minimum spec are more likely to experience low frame rate and hangs.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: 64-bit Windows 10, 11
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 series | AMD Ryzen 5 1600
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1070
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD recommended. FSR Ultra recommended for visual sharpness and clarity.
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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