Smash+Grab Closed Beta Wrap-Up

 

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Firstly, a massive thank-you to everyone who joined in on our Smash+Grab Closed Beta!
We loved seeing Smash+Grab in your hands for the first time.

The Closed Beta was important, because we gained a lot of data from our analytics, and feedback from you, which helped us make decisions around our goals for our Early Access Launch.

Here are just a few examples of what we’ve been busy working on for Launch:

  • Optimizations to reduce load times, reduce disconnections and crashes, and lower our Minimum System Requirements.
  • Leader and Lieutenant gameplay balancing and tuning.
  • Reducing stunlocks in combat.
  • A first pass of a new feature called Crew Commands, which is where you can direct your AI crew to perform a certain action temporarily (Attack, Loot, or Follow).
  • Dozens of new vanity items.
  • New grapple animation variants.
  • A borderless window option for streamers.
  • General bug-fixing and tuning.

We have not yet announced a date for our Early Access Launch, but it will be later this month. Our discount Early Access Launch price will be around $20 USD.
You can wishlist Smash+Grab on Steam now, and stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for more info on our Early Access Launch!

 

Renee, Community Manager
on behalf of the Smash+Grab team

 

First hands-on SMASH+GRAB gameplay at PAX West

Join us this weekend at PAX West in Seattle, WA and be the first to get your hands on Smash+Grab: The dystopian, underground competition where rival gangs compete for loot, weapons and infamy.

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You can compete with us for some real-life Smash+Grab loot – in this case, free swag and Beta keys – by jumping in the team-based melee action at the Juniper Room in the Sheraton Hotel (adjacent to the Sasquatch theatre on Level 2).

Not one of the lucky ones headed to PAX West this year? Never fear: we’re sending Smash+Grab Prize Packs to some awesome fans, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and our Steam Community Hub for information on how to enter to win.

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See you there!
– Smash+Grab Team

We’ve Got the Loot: Our New Game, Smash+Grab

SnG_key_art_1_1920Yesterday was a pretty great day for our team here at United Front Games—we finally get to share our latest labour of love, our new game Smash+Grab! It’s killer-fun, team-based online third-person combat action, and it’s caused many wild frenzies and tense competitive moments here in the studio.  This September you will all be able to play it with us and join in on the mayhem, and we absolutely can’t wait.

Smash+Grab is an underground competition where gangs of the future battle it out for loot, power, and infamy inside a corporate urban dystopia. Assemble your crew and team up with other players to fight, loot, and craft your weaponry to come out on top.

https://www.playsmashandgrab.com/

Assemble Your Crew
Build A Gang For Any Situation

  • A gang includes a leader, a lieutenant, and 3 soldiers
  • Choose from a selection of melee and ranged characters
  • Combine your special abilities for deadly strategy
  • Level up characters to unlock perks and vanity items

Smash It Up
True Online Competitive Melee Combat

  • Fight against and alongside player and AI controlled enemies
  • Use strikes, grapples, counters, evades, and brutal finishers
  • Kill enemies to take their loot for cash and upgrades
  • Your gang fights on its own but can be influenced by the leader

Grab What You Can
A Satirical Take On Consumerism

  • Everything you need to win can be found by looting stores and vending machines
  • Loot weapons to upgrade your gang
  • Craft elemental weapon mods from the ingredients you loot
  • First team to get $50,000 wins

Learn more on our Steam page! And don’t forget to add Smash+Grab to your wishlist!

 

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I Scream, You Scream…

And you know the rest.

Yaletown definitely does not lack in the frozen treat department: Dairy Queen, Yaletown Gelato, Cold Stone Creamery, Bella Gelateria and other establishments have been in our ‘hood for years. But more have sprung up in recently days, and we’re now even more spoiled for choice! Here are some of the newest; go on and indulge your sweet tooth!

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Working It Out

What is that phrase about “all work and no play”? We’ve posted about some of our past festivities, but the fun factor around here isn’t limited solely to alcoholic activities. UFG’s involved with other types of fun too, including a wide variety of extra-curriculars available to everyone for getting those heartrates up (in a good way, of course). Here are just a few:

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Annual UFG Family Picnic!

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Last Wednesday, the studio took off from work early and headed down to Stanley Park for our annual summer picnic. This family friendly event is a great opportunity for everyone at the studio to take a break from our hectic work schedules, and enjoy the summer weather and the great company of our colleagues.

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Happy Canada D’Eh! (and 4th of July!)

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How serendipitous that Canadians and Americans both celebrated the birth of their nations over one long weekend this year. Friday was Canada Day, celebrating the 1867 Constitution Act that created our beautiful Dominion of Canada. And today is Independence Day, a holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, aka the birth of the good ol’ US of A!

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Staying Fit

Building awesome video games is our prime directive; but you know what they say about all work and no play! 😉 To that end, we have created a studio which is upbeat, positive and fun. In this environment, we foster creativity, build strong bonds within teams, create friendships and encourage both professional and personal growth. Wellness is also very important, and we try our best to ensure work-life balance in staff members’ day-to-day routine is a priority. Here are some things we’ve provided over the years for our staff:

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