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Starship Troopers: Extermination Debuts Class Overhaul

Heads up, troopers! The fight against the Arachnid menace just got a strategic boost. Starship Troopers: Extermination, the early access co-operative shooter set in the brutal world of Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi franchise, has just launched a major update – and it’s a game-changer. Offworld Industries, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, has released update 0.7.0 which brings a highly anticipated class overhaul, introducing a range of specialised soldier roles for players to choose from.

Starship Troopers: Extermination is a 16-player co-op FPS that puts you on the far-off front lines of an all-out battle against the Bugs! I enjoyed the game at the initial early access release, especially playing co-op as you madly run around shooting everything that moves, reviving teammates, trying to repair walls, and just barely surviving. It’s fast pace and action packed when you’re in the thick of it. The Elite Vanguard comprises six distinct soldier classes of Sniper, Ranger, Guardian, Demolisher, Medic, and Engineer, with each having their own curated progression track that includes new weapons, utilities and perks.

The Sniper harnesses the power of Jump Jets to access hard-to-reach areas for long-range combat, armed with high-caliber sniper rifles and damage-amplifying equipment. The Ranger is a master survivalist: quick, skilled at close-quarters combat, and loaded with a bevy of Combat Perks to outlast their enemies. The Guardian, meanwhile, is a defensive juggernaut equipped with fortified armor and a massive machine gun for continuous fire. 

The Demolisher is an explosives expert equipped with grenades, grenade launchers, and area-of-effect weaponry to herd enemy Bugs into the firing line. The Medic now comes equipped with a more powerful drone and additional abilities to ensure that no trooper gets left behind. And last but not least, the Engineer is the mastermind behind base building: a pure support class whose creation, maintenance, and protection of field bases anywhere on the battlefield can turn the tide of combat at critical moments.

In addition to the new classes, update 0.7.0 also introduces Side Missions to ARC Slam mode, deepening the strategy and incentive behind the UCF’s engagements with the enemy. It also adds a new Bug variant: the Bombardier. This new Bug is capable of launching itself through the air to attack its targets but is sensitive to premature detonation, providing an opportunity to stop the threat before it’s too late. 

And be sure to make use of the new Reinforcements system, in the form of rewspawn tickets usable by all team members. These tickets vary by game mode and difficulty, but deplete whenever a trooper dies, so stay sharp and mind your resources! The complete patch notes for Update 0.7.0 of Starship Troopers: Extermination can be found here, and you can find additional information on the official website.


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