Prague 10th May, Czech Republic– Award-winning independent development studio Bohemia Interactive has released two official in-game videos to demonstrate some of the unique new features in the company‘s upcoming standalone expansion pack, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. Due to launch on June 29th 2010, Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead will introduce a range of new features, from authentically-modelled thermal imaging to an all-new optics system, alongside three new world maps comprising the fictional Central-Asian state of Takistan.
Thermal Imaging and the use of UAV drones feature in the first video, which details one of the single player missions in Operation Arrowhead’s full-size campaign mode. Piloting an AH-64 Apache, the demonstrator safely hides his helicopter within firing range of the targets before switching controls to remotely pilot a Little Bird helicopter UAV while employing the drone’s FLIR vision mode, which uses Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead’s innovative thermal imaging simulation to the fullest. The sheer power of drone-assisted combat is underlined as the player uses the FLIR and the drone’s immensely powerful camera to zoom in on the objective from a safe distance, designate targets and even initiate Hellfire missile launches from the player’s own Apache, all without being detected or even seen by the enemy.
The second video introduces Operation Arrowhead‘s newly-added tutorial missions, which are designed to allow players of all experience levels to train with the various weapons and vehicles featured in the massive standalone expansion. The video’s narration provides invaluable insight and advice while the player is taught how to use handheld weapons, grenade launchers and Javelin portable missiles, along with basic training in the use of sniper rifles. The tutorial plays out on an authentic firing range and ably demonstrates the depth of Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead’s ballistics and weapon optics simulation.
Both videos underline the complexity and quality that defines Bohemia Interactive’s military simulation titles, with Operation Arrowhead being the latest in a decade-long lineage of progressively improving games from the Czech developer.
Bohemia’s CEO, Marek Spanel, comments:“We always try to incorporate new ideas into our projects, not just in the development side, but also in the way in which we support the media.” He continued“We felt that capturing a whole mission from the Operation Arrowhead preview on video, and adding insight and strategy tips during the narration, could help people to better understand the size, scope and detail of our groundbreaking sandbox military simulation titles”.
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead will be released exclusively for PC on 29th June 2010. For all the latest information please visit www.arma2.com
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About Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
Three years after the conflict in Chernarus, portrayed in the original Arma 2, a new flashpoint in the Green Sea region heats up and coalition forces led by the US Army are sent to Takistan to quickly restore peace and prevent further civilian casualties in this standalone expansion pack to the best military simulator of 2009– Arma 2.
Building upon the success of Bohemia Interactive's critically acclaimed Arma 2 (Most PC Game of 2009), Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead offers a brand new gameplay experience with a range of new content, features, and engine development.
Expanding the scope of the 'Armaversum', this flashpoint shifts the focus to a new theatre of war. The Central Asian setting boasts fully destructible and interactive environments, which offer the signature gameplay you've come to expect from the creators of genre defining Operation Flashpoint*.
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About Arma 2
Arma 2 is set year 2009, in a fictional state of Chernarus, a post-Soviet country where civil war raged for over 2 painful years. As a leader of USMC Force Recon team, you are sent with your squad to prevent further civilian casualties and ensure ongoing stability in Chernarus.
Arma 2 is based on the latest generation technology, offering a large-scale game world, authentic and extremely detailed modern units, weapons, vehicles and environments, challenging single player and a vast array of multiplayer options.
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About Bohemia Interactive
Established in 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic, Bohemia Interactive is an independent game development studio that focuses on developing original state of the art computer entertainment and simulation software, including the research of proprietary advanced real-time 3D graphics, artificial intelligence and physical simulation technologies for real-time interactive environments.
Operation Flashpoint*, Bohemia Interactive's debut game published by Codemasters in 2001, became the No. 1 bestselling PC game around the world and has won many international awards, including“Game of The Year” and“Best Action Game.” Over 2 million copies of Operation Flashpoint have been sold since its release.
Bohemia Interactive’s second major release, ArmA: Armed Assault, followed in 2007 and sold over 400,000 copies on PC through various local publishing partners.
Arma 2, the latest hit in the series of realistic military simulators, released worldwide during summer 2009 was placed in the top positions of official PC charts around the world immediately following its release. Arma 2 won "Most PC" Game in the 2009 PC Gamer Awards.
Bohemia Interactive won the Best PC Game Developer award for 2001 at London’s ECTS exhibition and Rookie Studio of the Year award at GDC 2002.
*"Operation Flashpoint"™ is a trademark of Codemasters.
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