We now have it confirmed that Operaton Flashpoint: Red River, the latest installment in Codemaster’s 1st person shooter franchise will be released April 26 in US and a weekly earlier on April 21st in the UK for the PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC.
Codemasters also gave us a bit more insight into the game itself and what we can expect. The game will feature a 10 mission campaign that can either be played as single player or in co-op with up to 4 other people. A new Fireteam Engagements mode will put players into four players skirmishes, including one where players face waves of enemies and another where they extract marines from a downed helicopter. The original Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising had so much potentially but and I never thought I would say this it was a little too realistic. Gamers like a nice combination of fantasy and reality in all their shooters and when you don’t have the right balance gamers get more frustrated than they need to and it ultimately affects game sales. Let’s hope the Codies got that balance right this time.
Codemasters has also revealed a new gameplay video, which introduces the game’s conflict in Tajikistan from the perspective of Corporal Ryan Balletto. The video focuses on his hope that the dangerous and strange world of Tajikistan can be his personal proving ground.
As an Auto Rifleman in Fireteam Bravo, Balletto is equipped with a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), perfect for suppressing enemy positions. Combined with the other specialist members – Scout, Rifleman and Grenadier – Balletto forms part of the USMC fireteam unit, a lethal fighting force. As a man and as part of the Corps, Balletto embraces this hostile new theatre of war, “come on down to sunny old Tajikistan. I mean, the food sucks, the people look at you funny and at least once a day somebody’s shooting at you. But you can’t beat the entertainment, buddy.” Check the new trailer after the jump.