Point Blank (also referred to as Piercing Blow) may be a first-person shooter computer game developed by the South Korean company Zepetto for Microsoft Windows.
- Point Blank may be a fast-paced online first-person shooter and is analogous in terms of gameplay to Counter-Strike. It also features destructible and dynamic environments, also as deeper character and skill customization options.
- In Point Blank, players join either the Free Rebels or CT-Force team (the Free Rebels have supported the Terrorists from Counter-Strike, while CT-Force is predicated on the Counter-Terrorists). Each team attempts to finish their mission objective and/or eliminate the opposing team. Each round starts with the 2 teams spawning simultaneously, usually at opposite ends of the map from one another.
- A player can prefer to play together of 4 different default character models (Acid and Keen Eyes for CT-Force, and Red Bull and Tarantula for the Free Rebels). There are four purchasable deluxe character models: Fennec and viper for CT-Force or Cheshire and Shadow for the Free Rebels. Players are generally given a couple of seconds before the round begins, or before respawning, to vary weapons and/or equipment.
- Game points and knowledge are awarded for winning a round, losing a round, killing enemies, and completing mini-missions.
There are two background stories. Project Blackout is an alternate background used with the North American version of the sport.
Point Blank / Point Blank Revolution
In the mid-20th century, the new nation of Koroga was a developing country. It grew rapidly and, in but twenty years became one among the foremost powerful nations within the world. During the rapid climb, the country had to face industrialization, growth in individualism, and a dwindling population. When several national policies to extend the population failed, the govt turned to immigration for the solution. the state enjoyed budget labor and an increase in population; however, conflicts arose between the natives and therefore the new immigrants. The natives enjoy the prosperity the immigrants bring, but treat them as servants with few rights and no legal or political representation. The immigrants have tried to use passive means to precise their grievances and gain influence with the more liberal-thinking natives, but government oppression has made it impossible. The heightened tensions have forced the natives to clamp down on immigrant unrest and successively has encouraged the immigrants to support the more radical political groups. The increasing conflict of interest caused to divide people between the native CT-Force (Blue Team) and therefore the immigrant Free Rebels (Red Team).
The CT-Force’s mission is to guard the native social order and its privileges. to the present end, it’s declared an all-out war against the militant Free Rebels. Meanwhile, the Free Rebels are trying to overthrow the establishment. Some wish to force the govt to recognize their demands, some want to exchange it with a special sort of government or a more diverse social order, while others just want to destroy it utterly.
Piercing Blow (North American version)
The nation of Korogese is crumbling. Although a technologically advanced industrial major power, its government is weak, ineffective, corrupt, and divided along sectarian lines. It’s swelling, decaying cities are ruled by powerful criminal gangs. Its corporations have an excellent deal of influence over its democratically elected government and therefore the gap between rich and poor is increasing. Prosperity and a recent era of worldwide peace have made its citizens willing to trade their rights for comfort and security.
The corporations have the view that they know what’s best. They hope to make a social utopia during which free economic process will control society and therefore the form of government is going to be reduced to figureheads. One a part of this goal was to exchange The Corps, Korogese’s volunteer, and conscript defense forces, with a corporate-trained-and-controlled paramilitary mercenary army, called Aegis Incorporated. With the support of anti-military and anti-war activist groups financed by the firms, the govt disbanded The Corps and handed over its facilities and equipment to Aegis Inc. This was followed by a series of laws restricting personal freedoms. Supposedly enacted to combat the rising rate, they were really created to assist in controlling Korogese’s citizenry.
A large faction within The Corps went underground and hopes to overthrow the corporate-run oligarchy that runs Korogese and replace it with real democracy. Through support from civilian anti-corporation groups, funding from wealthy patrons, and black-market connections within the criminal underworld, The Corps built up a powerful and well-armed underground army. They decide to affect Aegis with a guerrilla war campaign, strike at the company leadership cabal that runs the oligarchy and eliminate any civilian collaborators and traitors who support them.
The player will need to choose sides. Aegis Inc. (the Blue Team), supports law and order but represents tyranny and oppression. The Corps (the Red Team), supports democracy and freedom but represents indiscriminate violence and anarchy. The side that survives the conflict will impose their social views on the masses.
Point Blank was originally developed by South Korean software company Zepetto, who licensed the sport to other companies. It had been launched in South Korea (published by NCSoft in March 2008, closed July 2011 and re-released in 2014), Thailand (published by NCTrue in February 2009 and managed by Garena since January 2013), Indonesia (published by Gemscool in 2009 and managed by Garena since 2015 before being transferred to Zepetto themselves in January 2019), Russia (by INNOVA, December 2009), Brazil (published by OnGame, August 2010), China (by Shanda, 4th quarter 2010, closed October 2014), North America (in December 2010, transferred in 2014, pack up on September 21, 2018, Turkey (by Nfinity games, August 2010) and Italy (by Accelon Italy in April 2011).
The latest version of the sport brings about some gameplay changes also as new features, including a replacement skill and avatar system. Point Blank 1.5 was released in Singapore and Malaysia in January 2014, published by Garena.
Each local edition has different weapons, skins, and options to satisfy local tastes. as an example, the North American variant features a different backstory and is named Project Blackout. The available weapons lists are different for every version and developers add or drop weapons counting on popularity.
Point Blank Revolution
In January 2014, Garena released the Point Blank Revolution, an improved version of the sport with a replacement interface and character customizations. the sport was initially available only in Singapore and Malaysia but was later released in Thailand and the Philippines (acquired from Level Up! Games).
As of 25 July 2017, the web site for Point Blank Revolution is down, possibly indicating that Garena has given abreast of this game thanks to low player numbers over the past 3 years. the sport was terminated on 28 June 2017, which only applies to the Singapore and Malaysia server only.
Project Blackout name change, redesign, and closure
On June 24, 2014, Project Blackout NA adopted the purpose Blank Revolution (Point Blank Malaysia/Singapore) UI/Interface, becoming the primary old-school Point Blank game to adopt the Revolution Look. An update was released on April 22, 2015, changing the name of the sport completely to travel alongside the Revolution UI/Interface. Project Blackout was renamed Piercing Blow-in another major update.
Two new servers were opened under the Piercing Blow host for Europe and India in 2015. The server for India closed in 2017, and on September 21, 2018, Piercing Blow closed its servers completely for the N/A, and Europe Regions, thanks to a very low General Population. alongside this, the Zepetto N.A. Offices also closed and moved back to South Korea.