Breach (video game)

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Developer(s) Atomic Games
Engine Hydrogen Engine
Platform(s) Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft Windows
Release January 26, 2011[1]
Genre(s) First-person shooter, tactical shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Breach is a team-based first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Atomic Games. It was announced on March 26, 2010 at PAX East 2010 for Windows PCs and the Xbox 360. Breach was distributed online for the Xbox 360 by Xbox Live Arcade, and on Windows by Steam.[2] It features dynamic destructible environments[3] and a cover system.[4]

When released, the game featured five maps. Atomic games have said that another free map will be released once the Breach community have reached certain goals.[5] There are four game modes: Infiltration, Convoy, Retrieval and Team Deathmatch.[6] The game features five classes: Sniper, Gunner, Support and Rifleman are available to all players, with a Recon class being unlockable after players have "mastered" two of the four original classes.[7] Breach has an XP system that allows players to purchase gadgets, such as bionic ears and remote motion sensors.[8] Perks are also available to allow class customization.[8] The game supports multiplayer matches of up to 16 people.[5]

In Breach, players take the role of the CIA's Special Activities Division, an organisation that carries out black ops for the US government.[9]

As of August 2011, the PC version has been removed from the Steam Store, due to lack of servers to play on and Atomic Games having seemingly gone dark. Retail versions can still be activated on Steam; Valve has been reported to be giving out Store credits to unsatisfied customers who bought the retail version after the game has been made unavailable for purchase from Steam.


There are four game modes, Infiltration, Retrieval, Team Deathmatch and Convoy. Infiltration is an objective capture mode similar to those found in many other first person shooter games, where certain points are captured and the team with the most points wins. Retrieval involves the teams attempting to capture an object. Team Deathmatch is a simple format where there is a time minute and the team with the most kills at the end wins. Finally convoy involves one team escorting a convoy to a checkpoint and the other attempting to prevent it getting there. The convoy itself is indestructible, but it cannot move without an escort.

There are five classes: Rifleman, Gunner, Sniper, Support and Recon. The Rifleman represents "standard" soldiers, using automatic rifles and similar weapons and specialising in mid-range combat. The Gunner class uses machineguns such as the M60, and specialises in suppression using high damage, high rate-of-fire, but low accuracy weapons. The Sniper class uses scoped rifles and specialises in long-range combat using slow, carefully aimed shots. The Support class specialises in close-quarters combat, primarily using shotguns. The Recon class is only available after the player has gained enough experience with other classes to have "mastered" them, and is between the Rifleman and Sniper classes, specialising in mid- and long-range combat.


This game has received mixed reviews from critics. It currently has a 56 out of 100 on Metacritic for Xbox 360 version and 66 for PC version.[10][11] In its first week, Breach moved over 15,000 units.[12]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Richard (2011-01-26). "Breach release date broached: January 26". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  3. ^ "[BREACH] Destruction Toolbox". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "[BREACH] Active Cover". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ a b Hatfield, Daemon (2010-03-25). "PAX East 10: Atomic Games Wants to Level the Battlefield - Xbox 360 Preview at IGN". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "[BREACH] Game Types". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  7. ^ "[BREACH] Character Classes". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  8. ^ a b "[BREACH] Gadgets & Perks". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  9. ^ "Breach Preview for XBOX 360 from". 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  10. ^ "Breach's Metacritic page (Xbox 360)". Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  11. ^ "Breach's Metacritic page (PC)". 
  12. ^ Langley, Ryan (2011-02-17). "In-Depth: Xbox Live Arcade Sales Analysis, January 2011". Gamerbytes. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 

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