OPERATION FLASHPOINT®: DRAGON RISING™ GETS SHIP DATE AS EXPLOSIVE ARMOURY VIDEO LAUNCHES

Friday 17th July/... Codemasters® today announced that Operation Flashpoint®: Dragon Rising™ , the tactical shooter that's set to take players as close to war as they'll ever want to get, will be shipping on October 6th in North America and releasing on October 8th through EPAC territories with a October 9th street date in the UK.

A truly explosive 'Armoury' video, available today from www.flashpointgame.com, showcases the devastating effects of the authentic modern weapon systems which gamers can deploy in Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising's uniquely intense battles. In the video, infantry move in formation and engage in lethal fire-fights with weapons rendered with unprecedented accuracy and featuring full firing and reloading animations, including a Javelin anti-tank guided weapon which destroys its target with stunning force.

Vehicles - which can all be commandeered by the player - are also featured including an AAVP7A1 amphibious assault vehicle which suppresses enemyfiring positions, the powerful Abrams M1A2 battle tank and the AH1Z Super Cobra attack helicopter. Finally, a JDAM airstrike on a village shows the epic effects of explosions, with volumetric smoke modelling and dirt and debris thrown hundreds of feet into the air.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising will set the new standard for sandbox shooters when it arrives October 6th/8th/9th for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and PC. Feel the heat of the battle like never before by downloading the Armoury video, now available online at www.flashpointgame.com.

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ABOUT OPERATION FLASHPOINT: DRAGON RISING

In Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising gamers play the decisive role in defusing a military flashpoint between two global superpowers that threatens the entire world. Players take the role of US Marines and Special Forces operatives dispatched to take back the oil-rich Russian island of Skira from an invading force of Chinese PLA.

The 220km_ island becomes the ultimate open-world battlefield as players are empowered to make their own choices, deploy their own tactics and fight war on their own terms. Objectives are set - how they are accomplished is always up to the player who has the full resources of the US Marine Corps at their disposal and the ability to attack from any direction. Intelligent squad and enemy AI, based on authentic military tactics, react in real-time to situations as they unfold to ensure that no two games will ever play out the same.

Players will become immersed in a stunningly realistic conflict with unprecedented levels of detail, freedom and authenticity. Every decision counts, every action has a consequence and every bullet can kill as Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising recreates the lethality, tension and adrenaline of real war like never before.

MEDIA INFORMATION:

Adrian Lawton Communications Manager

Adrian.lawton@codemasters.com

Codemasters (UK 01926 814 132)

Richard Eddy, Director, Communication

Rich.eddy@codemasters.com

Codemasters (UK 01926 814 132)

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