Operation Flashpoint: Red River Announced

Red River is the newest installment in the Operation Flashpoint series brought to you by Codemasters. The game takes place along the Vakhsh River in the “remote yet beautiful country” of Tajikistan. Red River will follow the journey of a group of US Marine Corp Infantrymen and plans to deliver an “authentic and intensely personal” experience.

The game is expected to take place over three acts, in which during that time, players will undergo new counter-insurgency combat throughout the story as well as face-off against the returning Chinese PLA. In the heat of battle, players should expect to feel “the tension, brutality and carnage of modern conflict from the perspective of a marine fireteam on deployment in a hostile country, thousands of miles from home.” Red River also features a singleplayer and co-op multiplayer campaign, with the co-op having a drop-in/drop-out capability.

The game has made a lot of improvements over its predecessor Dragon Rising. There will be a deeper campaign, a better inventory system, a revamped enemy and AI squad system, player class roles which include customizable XP upgrades and loadout choices, close quarters combat scenarios and new air support options to name a few. Here is a statement from a recent press release: “New player class roles mean that gamers can play the way they want, honing skills in their chosen fields as they rank up through the new XP reward system and customise their equipment with numerous upgrades.”

Sion Lenton, Creative Director for Operation Flashpoint: Red River had this to say:

Operation Flashpoint: Red River is being built around four player co-op online play, complete with a strong narrative, new enemies and combat scenarios to deliver gameplay that immerses players in the reality of war like never before. The new setting of Tajikistan is a diverse and exciting backdrop for the wide range of military challenges the US Marines face around the world in real life. We’re excited to push the series in new directions while staying true to the core tactical combat that is the hallmark of Operation Flashpoint.

The game is set to release sometime in 2011.

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