Upcoming free-to-play shooter Dirty Bomb has been renamed Extraction, and will be operated by Nexon America in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, developer Splash Damage has announced.
Extraction is set in London, now abandoned after a mysterious radiological attack where groups of mercenaries fight to retrieve the secrets left behind.
A big reason for partnering with Nexon is Splash Damage's intention to treat Extraction as a service, with the promise of regular game updates, new features and functionality.
"We spent a long time finding the right partner for us on Extraction," commented Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood.
"Nexon America's vast experience and the fact that they're a true trailblazer in the F2P PC game arena ultimately made the decision super easy for us. Extraction is a title we love making and playing, and hope that the collaborative nature of the game delivers a dynamic and fun experience for players."
Splash Damage says that the partnership "does not change our vision for the game, and Extraction will not be pay-to-win and Splash Damage will retain complete creative control".
The developer concluded: "In short, the game's the same. Fun fact: Extraction was Dirty Bomb's original name and the reason we didn't stick with it for the Closed Alpha was that we weren't sure if we could secure the worldwide trademark for it.
"We're confident we can achieve this with Nexon's help, so we've decided to go with the name we've always wanted for the game."