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Killzone 3 officially announced with first shots!

12:20 PM on 05.24.2010 // Jim Sterling

Killzone 3 was all but confirmed before the weekend, but nothing's set in stone without a press release in your hand. Sony has provided such a press release this morning, officially announcing Killzone 3 for the PlayStation 3. Hooray!

As we already heard, Killzone 3 will be getting 3D gimmickry, jet packs, and a new arctic setting. The game picks up where Killzone 2 left off, with Rico and Sev attempting to take on the Helghast almost single-handhedly following Rico's murder of Helghan emperor Scolar Visari. It would seem that Visari's death has thrown Helghan into a world of political backbiting, infighting and general chaos, with our human heroes caught right in the middle. Sounds like Killzone 3 runs the risk of having an interesting story this time, which would be fantastic. 

More vehicles, a "vicious" close combat system and levels promised to be "ten times the size" of the last game, Killzone 3 looks set to be better than the last one, which I happened to love. Are you excited? I know I am. Hit the jump for the full presser and check out the first screens, too!

London, May 24th 2010: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has confirmed the return of its iconic first person shooter, Killzone®, to PlayStation®3 [PS3™]. Bringing back the trademark ferocious action on a grand scale, Killzone®3 is an explosive cinematic experience more intense than ever before. Loaded with more vehicles, explosive high powered weapons and a vicious close-combat system, resume the fight against a remorseless Helghast Army of colossal proportions. This is David vs. Goliath…if Goliath had thousands of troops and a thermonuclear arsenal.

The story begins where Killzone®2 left off, with Visari, the vicious Helghast dictator, lying dead at the feet of Special Forces soldiers Sev and Rico. The battle may have been won but the war is far from over. Visari’s death has left behind a world of political scheming, infighting and outright murder. Meanwhile his parting gift, a nuclear bomb detonated in Phyruss, the Helghan Capital, has decimated the ISA invasion force. With no re-enforcements and supplies quickly running out, you must now fight against ruthless Helghast war machine alone.

An epic cinematic war experience

With levels ten times bigger than in Killzone 2, this is Helghan like you’ve never seen it before. You’ll face brutal combat in a host of environments that threaten to bury you on the deadly planet. Killzone 3 will see you trudge through toxic nuclear wastelands, get lost in a lethal alien jungle, fight in bitter arctic conditions and take the battle into space as you fight against Helghast domination – with every location featuring a distinct gameplay style for you to master.

Be at the centre of the action

Killzone 3 will be fully playable in Stereoscopic 3D, immersing you more deeply into the ferocious world and putting you at the heart of the action. But be careful. While you experience this world in incredible, High Definition, Stereoscopic 3D detail – you’ll learn to fear what’s around every single corner.

Take on an even more vicious Helghast army

The Helghast are back and they’re bigger and fiercer than you’ve ever seen them. From Jetpack troopers to enemies wielding portable weapons of mass destruction, your enemies will be tougher, scarier and equipped with a host of new toys in their quest for destruction.

Prepare for battle! Find out more at


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