Hornet Leader Announced
Matrix Games, Dan Verssen Games and Storm Cloud Creations have announced Hornet Leader, a squad-based aerial combat game for PC. The game will let players command a squadron of the US Navy’s elite F/A-18 Hornet Strike Fighters, allowing players to pilot and arm the aircrafts based on real-world mission briefings.
There will be unique pilots in the game, with each having its own set of unique skills and abilities. Locations range from Iraq, Libya and North Korea from 1991 to 2007, with weapons matching those of the ones available in the era.
More information on the game is expected soon.
Euro Armed Assault Sees New Weapons
European gamers are in luck today: 505 Games and Bohemia Interactive have revealed that the PAL release of Armed Assault will feature exclusive weapons, vehicles and mission content when released for PC on February 16.
The extra content includes two new aircraft – Su-34 Fighter and Su-34 Bomber; two new motorbikes – TT650 and the M1030 military motorcycles; and four new weapons: the Russian rifles AKS74PSO and KSVK, and US-designed M107 and M16A4
In addition, the PAL version of Armed Assault will also launch with an exclusive new mission called “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” This open-ended scenario will have players experience the “bloody battlefields of Sahrani.”
Samurai Warriors 2 Empires Announced
More tactical Japanese action is headed our way, thanks to Koei‘s Samurai Warriors 2 Empires. The game, announced for the PS2 and Xbox 360, will combine action, fighting and strategy to offer an environment set in feudal Japan. Scoop:
SAMURAI WARRIORS 2 EMPIRES combines the most exciting aspects of Action, Fighting and Strategy games. At the start of the game Feudal Japan is divided into warring states and it is up to the player to resurrect a nation using equal amounts of strategy and strength! The game’s ultimate goal is to unite Japan’s 25 regions into a single nation under one ruler. Prior to each battle, the player will meet with their war council to discuss military and political affairs; then it’s time for combat.
SAMURAI WARRIORS 2 EMPIRES is the first in KOEI’s successful line of “Empires” games to be set in Japan. Accordingly, the game’s deck of 90 policy cards, used to issue military commands and impose political policies, is boosted by 50 new cards inspired by Japanese history, while all-new formation cards are based on historically-authentic samurai attack formations.
Special events in the game chronicle major turning points in Japan’s history including “The Honnôji Incident” where the powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga, met his demise, and “The Battle of Kawanakajima,” considered the largest and most prolonged encounter of the Warring States era.
Key product features include vicious multi-Musou attacks with up to four officers, 5 “Unification” scenarios plus 6 “Regional” scenarios, over 400 playable characters to choose from, a create your own warrior mode, as well as 2-player co-op play.
The game is pegged for release on February 27, 2007.
Rogue Warrior Announced
Bethesda has announced plans to publish Rogue Warrior, an “authentic, tactical” first-person shooter based on the best-selling book by Richard Marcinko, former U.S. Navy SEAL and founder of both SEAL Team Six and Red Cell. The game is being developed in conjunction with Zombie Studios for the PS3, PC and Xbox 360; it is scheduled for release during Fall 2007.
Rogue Warrior is a story-driven shooter that provides team-based tactical combat set in massive, contiguous levels using Unreal 3 streaming technology. Central to the game’s single and multiplayer experience is the idea of a freeform battlefield, where players are given the freedom to choose how to complete a given objective, allowing for creativity and surprises, rather than heavily scripted events and tightly contained spaces traditionally used in this genre.
An advanced AI system allows NPCs to react and fight realistically, see and hear others, and respond as a team. Rogue Warrior offers a new take on the multiplayer experience, with 10 gameplay modes and a system whereby maps are created using tiles that are selected by each team. Rogue Warrior’s tiling system allows users to experience over 200 maps in both day and nighttime settings. In addition, the campaign features solo and on-the-fly cooperative play for up to four players, where anyone can join or leave an existing campaign game at any time without having to go to menus or save progress.
In Rogue Warrior, you play Dick Marcinko, leader of an elite SEAL unit trapped behind enemy lines in North Korea on a covert mission to assess the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. When war breaks out between North and South Korea, you must try to lead your team back into South Korea while greatly outnumbered and with no support and limited resupply. Your journey will take you through a variety of never-before-seen environments inside of North Korea, including submarine pens, shipbreaker yards, prison camps, and more.
A 30-year veteran with the U.S. Navy, Dick Marcinko served in both the Underwater Demolitions Team and Navy SEAL programs, was a military attache in Cambodia, and conceived, founded, and commanded SEAL Team Six, the U.S. Navy’s first counterterrorism unit. He later created and ran Red Cell, a unit created to test the Navy’s anti-terrorist capabilities for highly-secured bases, nuclear submarines, ships, and other purported “secure areas”, including Air Force One. Dick’s experiences as a Navy SEAL were captured in his New York Times best-selling autobiography, Rogue Warrior, and his Rogue Warrior fiction series.
Three high-resolution screenshots:
Vegas Gets Camera Support
Utilizing the power of the Xbox Live Vision Camera will be Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Vegas, which will use the add-on camera to let players put his/her own face on their character within the game. This will be carried out in two steps: a head-on photo and a profile photo must be taken with the camera; once this process is complete, players will be able to further customize their characters.
Rainbow Six: Vegas is set for release on Xbox 360 this November. Further details on the game inside.
New C-S and DoD Maps
Posted before the weekend, but unnoticed somehow, is a Steam update that hypes the newly released SiN: Emergence game as well as the upcoming first Episode for Half-Life 2. The update also discusses maps for Counter-Strike and Day of Defeat Source, stating that new maps for the multiplayer shooters will be released soon:
Counter-Strike: Source has more HDR-enabled versions of maps on the way, along with some enhancements to the game itself. Day of Defeat: Source is getting ready for a significant release that will add a number of new features, along with a new map named Colmar. Colmar is the first map to take advantage of a new objective system that allows us to build different kinds of levels than currently exist. Stay tuned for specifics on how the map plays out, but for now here’s a screenshot of the sleepy night-time village.
Below are the mentioned screenshots:
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter v1.06
The first patch for Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter is out, updating the tactical-shooter to v1.06. It addresses several bugs and other issues. Grab the patch for the retail edition from 3D Gamers, FileFront, Strategy Informer, VGPRO and Worthplaying. The patch for the downloadable edition is available from 3D Gamers, FileFront and Worthplaying.
GFI at E3
The latest publisher to announce its E3 2006 lineup is Game Factory Interactive who will be showing off a number of RTS, action and tactical games. They will be set up at booths #7115, 7117 and 7119 in the Kentia Hall.
Officers (developer GFI UA) – is a 3D RTS game with RPG-elements, where the player acts as a military commander. The game is also a unique combat simulator that covers the whole period of World War II.
Jagged Alliance 3D (developer MiST land – South) – the famous series that have won numerous awards around the globe gains a brand new life. Jagged Alliance 3D is a classic turn-based tactical strategy with strong RPG elements. It offers well known mechanics and atmosphere of the original games, as well as the pleasure of meeting good old friends – A.I.M. mercenaries. The action now takes place in a highly interactive environment where you have a possibility to destroy almost everything.
Warfare (developer MiST land – South) – is a real-time strategy with elements of global planning. The game is set on the territory of Saudi Arabia. Here four opposing forces, the Saudi Royal family, the US Army expeditionary corps, the Taliban movement supporters and Arabian rebels fight for the right to rule the country.
4th Battalion (developer MiST land – South) – is an action / RPG game devoted to the colonial wars of far of future. Key events take place on Mars, which is burning in fire of civil war and general chaos. Our hero will have to take part in immense battles along with thousands of other participants, commit several dozens of diversions and use all his diplomatic skills to restore Order and Peace for the exhausted planet.
Werewolves (developer MiST land – South) – is a real time tactical strategy game reliving the glorious history of the assault squads during World War II. The player will have to conduct special missions divided into three large campaigns – Allies, Axis and Soviet Union and have a new look at WWII history and its key events. He will act as a commander of an assault squad fighting in Stalingrad, Ardennes, El Alamein, Italy, Berlin and many other places.
Protivostoyanie (developer GFI) – is a real time strategy game with rich tactical elements based on alternative history of World War II. The idea of the game is build upon well-known plans of Adolf Hitler and Wehrmacht command to invade British Isles in 1940. As Protivostoyanie has an alternative history setting, you will be able to manage various operative embodiments and military prototypes. For example, you can use helicopters’ prototypes, military airships, ballistic rockets etc.
Glukoza: ACTION! (developer MiST land – South) – mutually combines exhilarating 3rd person action game with classical fighting, when you move from one level to another, beating your enemies hard. Player controls Glukoza directly and can use various types of weapons that can be found within game levels. Melee and hand-to-hand combat modes are also present.
Jagged Farm: Birth of a Hero (developer GFI UA) – is a real time strategy game telling the story of Glukoza fighting against guileful pigs led by pigs’ Fuhrer called Pigius. They are dying to get the global hegemony. The girl in camouflage must reveal her strategic talent and stop them. The powerful Officers’ game engine provides wonderful and cartoon-styled graphics. As for the rest, destroy all Schweine otherwise they destroy you!
Rainbow Six Vegas Details, Screens
The first official information and screenshots for Rainbow Six: Vegas have been released finally. Scheduled for release this Fall for the PS3 and Xbox 360, Vegas has players taking to the streets of “Sin City” as an escalating terrorist siege starts to bring things down. Below is the big bulleted list for you to go through:
- Ubisoft Montreal Returns – Rainbow Six is back in the hands of Ubisoft’s Montreal studio, creators of the award-winning and highly acclaimed Rainbow Six 3 on Xbox® and PC, promising traditional tactical gameplay.
- New Leader, New Team – Team Rainbow ushers in a new breed of heroes. With a new team, comes added responsibility. Tactics play a MAJOR role in your team’s success, as each member comes equipped with his own skill set.
- Logan Keller – Team leader and recon expert.
- Michael Walter – Heavy weapons and demolition expert.
- Jung Park – Long range and electronics specialist.
- Special Order Location – Experience a new level of squad-based realism as your teammates, Michael and Jung, offer you real-time tactical suggestions like busting through walls or hacking computers, all in a race against time to locate the heart of the terrorist cell.
- Observe – Plan – Assault – Use tactical planning to maneuver through multiple-path Vegas environments while utilizing high-tech equipment such as snake cams to strategically “tag” terrorist targets to your teammates, prior to entering a room.
- Real-Time Immersion – Prepare yourself for a new level of in-game immersion with real-time mission briefings, all in the midst of the most intense combat ever played.
- Advanced Gameplay Animations – Motion-captured assault and recon techniques such as fast roping, rappelling, window entry, blind-cover fire and more. All captured by an experienced Hollywood animation expert.
- Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence – Next-generation technology brings a higher level of artificial intelligence to Rainbow Six. As you get past the grunts and advance closer to the center of the terrorist cell, encounter deadlier, more skilled enemies who work together as a group to counter every move you make.
- Customizable Multiplayer Experience – Create your own multiplayer character that evolves as you play online, while unlocking new equipment and achievements as you go.
A PC version is also in the works by the same team, but it will have its own specific design and gameplay, though it will share the same settings and story. Further details on the PC version will be released later. Enjoy the high quality screenshots below.
Battlefield 2142 Announced
Digital Illusions and EA have officially announced the development of Battlefield 2142, the next in the venerable FPS series.
The year is 2142, and the dawn of a new Ice age has thrown the world into a panic. The math is simple and brutal: The soil not covered by ice can only feed a fraction of the Earth’s population. Some will live, most will die. In Battlefield 2142, players will choose to fight for one of two military superpowers in an epic battle for survival, the European Union or the newly formed Pan Asian Coalition. Armed with a devastating arsenal of hi-tech assault rifles, cloaking devices and sentry guns, players will also do battle using some of the most imposing vehicles known to man. Massive battle Mechs wage fierce combat on the ground, while futuristic aircraft rule the skies. When facing one of these new behemoths, players will need to use their wits and an arsenal of new countermeasures like EMP grenades to level the playing field.
The game is scheduled for release this Winter for the PC. It will feature team play, allowing up to 64 players take part in the action as a formal squad, or work behind the scenes in Commander Mode to direct the strategic assaults of their teammates.
Attached in this post are the first four screenshots showing off the action. A movie is also available and can be downloaded from 3D Downloads, 3D Gamers, Boomtown, FileFront, GameTrailers and Worthplaying.