America's Army 3 deploys in 2009

US Army to bring new free-to-play wargame recruitment tool to PCs later this year.

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What's the easiest way to have a new first-person shooter stand out among the glut of competing games on the market? Make it free, of course. Picking back up the strategy proven by the original America's Army, the US Army has announced that America's Army 3 will be available for free on the PC in 2009.

The new front.

Like previous installments in the franchise, America's Army 3 will primarily serve as a recruitment tool for the armed forces, offering an authentic look at the US Army's training, technology, and career tracks. The game also highlights the US Army's value system, including rules of engagement and the warrior ethos.

Still very much a game, however, America's Army 3 features a host of weapons, gameplay missions, and career archetypes. Initially, recruits begin the game as infantry soldiers, capable of specializing as a rifleman, an automatic rifleman, a designated marksman, and a grenadier. The Army plans to augment this list with more career paths in the future, with the combat medic and combat engineer slated to be among the first new classes.

Like the original game and its sequel, America's Army: Special Forces, America's Army 3 will receive a steady stream of updates. The game/recruiting tool will also be powered by Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3. That fact is unsurprising, given that Epic's president, Mike Capps, spearheaded development of the original America's Army, released in 2002.

The wargame franchise also saw several console spin-offs, most recently Ubisoft's less-than-stellar America's Army: True Soldiers.

Discussion

23 comments
Kurzicide
Kurzicide

The U.S. Army wants us to play a videogame and watch commercials on T.V to glorify the "ethics" of a soldier and to join the army and risk getting killed, instead of getting a job to help society. Oh well.

Timeslider173
Timeslider173

It'll be made by the Unreal 3? Wow! Can't wait...:D

thegsusfreek
thegsusfreek

@ mastriania "Unlockable acheivements for decimation of civilian villages and/or killing civilians?" 1) If the Army purposely went after and killed civilians, then maybe that would make sense. They don't, and it doesn't. 2) If this was called "Taliban Army" or "Saddam's Army", then maybe that would make sense. It isn't, and it doesn't.

daniel52587
daniel52587

I dont think this game will stand a chance against Operation Flashpoint: Dragon rising

Jaguar_Shade
Jaguar_Shade

Looks interesting, I found the last games felt alot like playing a game while being in a lecture. At the end of the day it's free entertainment if you can resist the liminal, subliminal and super liminal messages. (must resist urge to join army @_@)

gobbo00
gobbo00

Rules of engagement "nuke the ******* back to the stoneage" and "then help re-build then while looking after there oil reserve's"

beekayjay
beekayjay

@ Mastriania Hahaha...agreed! Sorry, I'm already a part of Vekta's Army.

mastriania
mastriania

This is a great idea! Do they have a Guantanamo Bay waterboarding torture mini-game? Unlockable acheivements for decimation of civilian villages and/or killing civilians?

Devouring_One
Devouring_One

i was waiting for this to come out before i was even in college. now im graduating

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Hopefully this one will be decent

kca89
kca89

Can't wait for this to come out.

Red_Jester
Red_Jester

Awesome news! For anyone who only played the crappy console games, the PC America's Army was freaking awesome.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Sweeeeet. I cant wait to clean porto-potties and peel potatoes in 3-D. Sign me up Uncle Sam !!!

lamprey263
lamprey263

good, 'cause why should people pay to be recruited

evanwk927
evanwk927

Sonds good too bad it wont be for the xbox360 they should make another one for the xbox360

B1G_DADDY
B1G_DADDY

th game is pretty good, if it was sold for the price of normal fps it would get like a 7.5, but since it's FREE it is a 10!!!

homsta
homsta

Who can argue when it's gonna be FREE!? Plus, the games aren't bad.

familyguyrokz
familyguyrokz

>Unreal Engine 3 Great, now I can see half the textures load during a game! That's efficiency, for ya. I really enjoyed watching Gears of War 2 look like hell at the beginning of every map.

technowiz999
technowiz999

very cool. I'm glad the military doesn't use ingame advertisements and instead just wants you to get addicted to military life. The first one was awesome so hopefully they can keep that up. The only real big budget game I know of that's free =)