Codemasters Unveils Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Don't look now, but perhaps another contender for FPS of the Year has just been announced: it's Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising by Codemasters, scheduled to launch for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this summer.
According to the press release, Dragon Rising is "set to deliver the most accessible, engaging and visceral sandbox shooter of the year," and it's all thanks to an "evolved variant of the EGO Engine," which the studio used in games like Colin McRae: DiRT and GRID. If you're wondering how an engine built for racing games will translate to the FPS world, here's what Flashpoint Senior Producer Brant Nicholas had to say:
"The advantage of investing in our own technology is that we can custom-build major engine components specifically suited to each title; such as dynamically lit particle effects for gunfire and explosions, incredible vehicle detail and extensive worlds that you can literally get lost in.
Everything that the EGO Engine does adds to the experience and tension of being in a serious conflict situation where one shot can kill. Using the engines rendering tech and customised audio systems, we can make players feel the danger and adrenaline rush of modern combat, immersing them in the battle as deeply as possible."
They've already released plenty of cool media, including 30 in-game screenshots and a video; check 'em out at the upcoming game's official website. You will be fighting "against the full force of the Chinese PLA on the huge open-world island of Skira," and really, this is one shooter that holds a ton of promise. We'll be looking forward to hearing more about it very soon.
Related Game(s): Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
2/20/2009 Ben Dutka