28TH JANUARY (2PM UK)– Codemasters ®today released a new narrative gameplay video for Operation Flashpoint ® : Red River ™, the next chapter in the multi-million selling tactical shooter series set to launch in Q2 2011. Showing US Marines in action, the devastating effects of artillery, armour and air-support and introducing players to war’s‘routine of unpredictability’, the‘Entry Into Tajikistan’ video is now showing at www.facebook.com/flashpointredriver .
The video is the second in a series that focuses on Operation Flashpoint: Red River’s immersive narrative, which unfolds over distinct three acts. Set in 2013 in the new location of Tajikistan, the UMSC are sent in to defend American interests threatened by insurgency in the destabilised country. The video follows the Marines’ mission to secure a river dam, a vital part of Tajikistan’s vulnerable infrastructure. As narrator Staff Sergeant Knox informs us, their insurgent enemy is‘entrenched and determined’ but‘such an opportunity to win local hearts and minds is always worth a measured risk.’
Marines are shown facing down the insurgents, who fight a guerrilla war from the shadows and use their local knowledge to stage ambushes. Combining the different specialities contained within the four-man Fireteam, Marines sweep through compounds and towns, engaging enemies at close quarters and long range. Reflecting their role in a broader conflict as part of a large expeditionary force, they are shown in action alongside artillery, armour, air-support and additional infantry fireteams.
Well-trained, equipped and able to call upon mortar strikes and close air support,‘the orders passed down to America’s fighting force are executed with precision’. Remaining vigilant in the theatre of war is essential as although‘the Marines are prepared’ Tajikistan remains a place where one bullet can kill. On the sandbox battlefields of Operation Flashpoint: Red River , players must work as a team and think tactically in order achieve their objectives.
Operation Flashpoint: Red River will set a new standard for authentic and intense tactical combat when it arrives in Q2 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games For Windows® LIVE. Sign up to‘get some’ USMC style with the latest briefings direct from the Operation Flashpoint studio at www.facebook.com/flashpointredriver and www.twitter.com/flashpointgame.
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ABOUT OPERATION FLASHPOINT: RED RIVER
Set to deliver an authentic and intensely personal infantry experience, Operation Flashpoint: Red River’s challenges players to take up the role of one of four distinct and complimentary classes in the US Marine fireteam. The Grenadier, Scout, Rifleman and Automatic Rifleman combine to create a fearsome fighting unit and offer unique gameplay perspectives, extending replayability across the substantial campaign mode and standalone Fireteam Engagements.
Up to four players can enjoy the unique Operation Flashpoint experience across all game modes with seamless drop-in drop-out co-operative play, in campaign mode or in standalone Fireteam Engagements. Whether playing solo or co-operatively, players can build up XP across all modes to unlock weapons, skills and modifications for their class, customising their loadouts to suit their preferred style of play.
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Codemasters, the award winning games developer and publisher, has a 24-year heritage and annual revenues in excess of US$ 150 Million. The company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Race Driver GRID, Cricket and Operation Flashpoint; the company retains the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA ONE. Codemasters operates three UK development studios– one at its Warwickshire HQ with further sites at Guildford and Birmingham. An additional art studio is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2009 Codemasters won the coveted Grand Prix Award at the 2009 Develop Industry Excellence Awards, an award bestowed on the company felt by Develop to have contributed the most to the games medium in recent times. Across the group, Codemasters employs over 450 people. In March 2010, Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL), a part of India’s Reliance ADA group, acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in the company, alongside existing investor, Balderton Capital, the leading European venture capital firm that first invested in Codemasters in 2005. For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com
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