Black creator back with Bodycount

New destructible-environment, first-person shooter from Stuart Black and Codemasters' Guildford Studio revealed via UK magazine leak.

Though it wasn't a runaway hit with critics, the 2006 PlayStation 2 and Xbox game Black got a cult following for its ultrarealistic over-the-top gunplay. It was also one of the few shooters of the last console generation to feature largely destructible environments, which allowed players to take out opponents by blowing up the structures sheltering them.

He looks friendly.

Black 2 still hasn't surfaced, even though EA Games president Frank Gibeau mentioned it was being considered in a 2008 interview with GameSpot. However, one of its creators, lead designer Stuart Black, is apparently involved in a new shooter project at Codemasters, according to a prematurely published--and quickly retracted--story by Official Xbox Magazine UK.

According to the briefly visible story, which lives on courtesy of Google Cache, Black has assembled many members of the game Black's development at Codemasters' Guilford studio. Though largely free of detail, the article says that the game will be a first-person shooter focused on weaponry. The article describes the game as "frankly mental," and the issue's cover claims the game has "astonishing destruction," implying it will once again feature destructible environments.

GameSpot will have more details on Bodycount as they become available.

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ResidnetEvil777
ResidnetEvil777

Right when i took a look at the screenshots i thought of BLACK. I have a feeling this will be one of those games that seems like it should be on ps2 not a current gen system.

shawnyboy95
shawnyboy95

@sonic0491 lol it's the 21st century...cool game, can't wait

nhs2008
nhs2008

Loved the original BLACK on PS2! Good ol' days... @sonic0491 Yeah its about time game makers seriously consider destructible enviironments...AND IT'S 21st CENTURY!!

oneligas
oneligas

lmao if there is a actual body count in the corner of the HUD

Mental_Gear
Mental_Gear

@ Petercairns - this is being hyped as black's spiritual sequel. EA owns the Black IP, but there's no copyright on an explosive single-player first-person shooter - Black didn't sell on story. It sold on raw thrills.

dazman31
dazman31

Ahhh how I remember Black....thought it was a really cool game. Hopefully hear some more news soon about number 2.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Huh, the headline made me think this was about Ice-T. EDIT: lol, I'm relieved I wasn't alone there!

Petercairns
Petercairns

Sorry but,.... WHERE THE HELL IS BLACK 2!!!!!!

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

give me more destruction and physics, I'm sick of pretty games where nothing breaks no matter how much you shoot it and blow explosives into it.

sonic0491
sonic0491

Its about time a game besides Bad Company started using destructible environments. This is the 20th century isn't it?

Sendmn23
Sendmn23

awesome! I played the first black game and I loved it! I'll keep a look out for this one thats for sure!

namdar
namdar

man Black was a pretty cool game!

Fernin-Ker
Fernin-Ker

@ AlmightyMax I think that's more in reference the detail in the look and mechanical function of the guns themselves, not the game play.

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

developers from black? wow, will have it on preorder tomorrow

bigtruckseries
bigtruckseries

Unless it has a dismemberment system as good as Soldier of Fortune (1) and guns as good as COD4, I'm not interested.

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

& its on x360 Mag... roflolololol

Taegre
Taegre

@MOKTango Glad I'm not the only one who thought of Ice T's metal act upon seeing the title.

tmorri603
tmorri603

I loved Black on the Xbox. It was a game ahead of its time. I was hoping that there would be a Black 2.

KERNELPOTTER
KERNELPOTTER

I have been waiting on a sequel to "Black" ever since I played through the first one. I hope that Stuart Black's next shooter evolves with a more engrossing story and more sophisticated gameplay.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I can just imagine the amount of montages backed by "let the bodies hit the floor"

MOKTango
MOKTango

Is this a gangster game based on the band 'Body Count'?... Now where's that sarcasm symbol...

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

I liked Black, it also had some amazing graphics (Many PC/PS3/360 games actually look worse) and it was very challenging, I just hope that Bodycount is as good if not better than Black.

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

Black is one of my favorite games for the PS2, I can't wait for its eventual spiritual-successor!!

redskinStu
redskinStu

'Black' on the PS 2 had amazing graphics too. Ultra-hard difficulty.

TongLong
TongLong

Black was a great game with some of the most intense and immersive levels and firefights I've played in an FPS! I hope these guys pull off a similar experience with their new project! :D

metalkid9
metalkid9

weird how I didn't see it on my issue. Looking forward to it.

FenrirXero
FenrirXero

I would have liked a sequel to Black, but this seems promising as well. Hopefully they have a multiplayer component this time around, I have a feeling that if Black had that it would have been the Playstation equivalent of Halo.

jmace1
jmace1

"the article says that the game will be a first-person shooter focused on weaponry." When I look up vague in the dictionary it looks something like that quote.

KittenNipples
KittenNipples

They did good work on Black hopefully it transfers to this.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

hmm, if this game is made by the team behind Black, it must be promising. Looking forward for this one

ghaste
ghaste

I liked Black... it was fun... will have to keep an eye on this one...

bwats84
bwats84

alls I want is Black 2.......the original was great

ahpuck
ahpuck

another FPS? just what we needed, we don't get enough of those now days. .

taplok
taplok

I enjoyed Black even i wasn't much of an FPS fan before... hope this one's gonna be great.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I liked Black. I thought it was pushing the hardware of both consoles at the time, but soon after it was released came the 360, so people soon forgot about it.

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

Looking foward to more destruction from the same dev's!!

Taylor9124
Taylor9124

I loved Black, hopefully this one will be somewhat similar.

kris9031998
kris9031998

meh, didnt like black though this seems intresting

joshphillips
joshphillips

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joshphillips
joshphillips

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jl0pez
jl0pez

Sounds interesting, will have to wait and see.