Codemasters firing up Damnation

Publisher partnering with Make Something Unreal winner Blue Omega on a reportedly steampunk alternate-history, open-world action adventure for the PS3, 360, and PC.

Codemasters is most famous in the US for publishing the DiRT series of rally racers, which featured the name and likeness of the late Colin McRae. However, the Britain-based publisher has a presence in other genres as well, such as the first-person shooter Turning Point: Fall of Liberty, which imagines an alternate history where the Nazis conquer Europe--and invade the US.

Now, it appears Codemasters is returning to the alternate history well for a much more radical title. Today, the publisher announced Damnation, a "shooter gone vertical" that will feature acrobatic-oriented gameplay focused on vehicular combat in "huge open environments." Said vehicles will include agile motorcycles and slower, armored means of conveyance.

Officially, Codemasters is being cagey about the story of Damnation, saying only its "epic" plotline will feature a hero named Rourke leading an "ensemble" of characters. It will concern a "postindustrial conflict between humanity and an unstoppable arms dealer" and be set against "iconic elements of American history," according to the publisher.

Unofficially, several online outlets have published details about Damnation not contained in the official announcement. According to WorthPlaying, the game has a hybrid viewpoint, shifting from a Halo-like first-person view during gun battles to a third-person view during puzzle-oriented platforming levels, which the site compared to those in God of War.

Story-wise, the game subscribes to the steampunk pantheon of science fiction, which envisions rapid industrialization bringing 20th Century innovations into the 19th Century. In Damnation, this technological acceleration is precipitated by an alternate US Civil War, which rages for decades into the early 1900s. As a result, the natural and industrial resources of the East Coast are exhausted, forcing the Union and Confederacy to go west in search of new war supplies. There, they encounter said arms dealer, whose arsenal includes a steam-powered giant robot.

Damnation is being developed by Annapolis, Maryland-based studio Blue Omega, which won Epic Games' Make Something Unreal competition with the prototype of the game. It is currently set for release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 in late 2008.

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drummerboi43
drummerboi43

last time codemasters made an alternate history game (turning point) it sucked...i hope they don't make the same mistake twice

two-3
two-3

The screenshots look promising even if only early. The scale of the game seems to be huge and it looks like they have spend some time trying to nail the atmosphere for the game with a "wild-west" kind of feel to it. Hopefully this will be one to look for, with shooters increasingly becoming a dime a dozen some twists on existing shooting genres may set this apart.

Sub-Zero67
Sub-Zero67

I hope they don't get so distracted working on their new game mechanics that they neglect other parts of the gameplay.

JJB03
JJB03

its always gr8 to see a developer take risks with new gameplay and odd storyline rather than the run off the mill first person shooter which wiv seen alot of lately time for somthing diffrent

TigerGuy06
TigerGuy06

Looks like a promising title. Definitely keeping an eye on this one!

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@Cobra05 I always found it weird for women in games to be half naked in shooters - Wear some body armor that covers EVERYTHING - makes sense to me.

Stalker700
Stalker700

Hmm....looks sweet,I love open world games,so I'm sure I'm gonna like this. Looks like 2008 is also starting to shape as a great year for gaming(though still not as good as 2007....yet.)

Dryker
Dryker

I shall reserve judgement... but in the meantime might as well play Overlord: Raising Hell!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

no thanks codemasters. ur games truly have stank for the past few months

FACT50
FACT50

The original mod this is based on from U2k4 was pretty fun (if a little short), so hopefully a full title will expand on the ideas they started in that mod.

Ciros_Reuas
Ciros_Reuas

Everyone please learn to read codemasters is a publisher not a developer.

CaptHawkeye
CaptHawkeye

Wait, you thought Flashpoint *wasn't* innovative? Have you even heard of it?

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

hmmm, interesting, especially since its by Code Masters

knetzerthegreat
knetzerthegreat

Speak for yourself CaptHawkeye, I'm so freaking tired of playing the same games over and over again that I WORSHIP any company willing to put resources into new and inovative settings and gameplay.

Cobra5
Cobra5

My love for steampunk is so great, I can overlook that chick's comically underdessed outfit... Do artists really think that kind of thing is hot? I think it just looks silly...

Nineball2112
Nineball2112

The screenshots look interesting... I'll keep this one in mind.

CaptHawkeye
CaptHawkeye

Ok, Codemasters? Let's make something clear, no one cares about these weird homegrown garage titles you keep publishing. We want Flashpoint. Not Turningpoint. There I said it.

sinister_id
sinister_id

Steam powered giant robot......ok, I guess I can live with that. Seems interesting other than that robot.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

it seems to be so great;go to my collection;we wait for it;

pidow
pidow

My usual, wait and see.....Turning point was not all that great, so I hope in this one , AI and everything else will be 100% better.

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

"Australian Gears of War" LOL, i'm definitely keeping an eye on this game. Looks good.

cheater87
cheater87

This game looks and sounds AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

I agree with what the others have said, this sounds pretty good! Should be interesting to see how it turns out.

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

Main characters look lame... thats huge deal for the initial impact of a game, maybe it will play great, who knows.

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

I think that i will keep a eye on this game, but if its comes out late 2008, my eyes will be on Fallout 3, Fable 2, Borderlands.

Killmajoro
Killmajoro

I think I will at least keep an eye on this game. The concept looks cool so I am hoping that they don't screw it up! Oh, and because of the Unreal engine, this game looks like Australian Gears of War lol!

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I'm laughing right now because the game looks good and if you've been watching codemaster the last 6 years you would know why I'm laughing

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

Sounds pretty interesting, but who knows, theres nothing to really go on. Lets just hope it doesnt turn out like Turning Point: Fall of Liberty.

gatrosk
gatrosk

Sounds like something to definitely keep an eye on.

ehuman
ehuman

Steampunk is definitely an idea I'm willing to invest on. Though I hope this doesn't turn into a half-hearted flop like their more ignorable games.

thekodaman
thekodaman

Turning Point: Fall of Liberty wasn't a such a great game... Lets hope they learn some lessons from it.

Slayer420
Slayer420

This could be interesting or it could be a complete flop. I like the steampunk idea so I will pay attention.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

seems interesting...hope it works but please if its anything like Turning Point we're in trouble. :(

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

at last we saw a movement from codemasters. I was going to be Disappointed .

Jerian
Jerian

looks rediculous and sloppy from here

equili3rium
equili3rium

I agree with fishnpeas1. Bring back Dizzy! Raytracing would be acceptable. He would look great! Dizzy! Dizzy! Dizzy!

razu_gamer2
razu_gamer2

wow everything for 360/PS3 and PC. Good luck Ninty. Seriously.

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

Sounds like an interesting game! I'll track it and see how it develops.

fishnpeas1
fishnpeas1

The Darling brothers need to bring back Dizzy!! (NOT in 3D!) We also need them to start releasing those £1.99 and £4.99 budget games again!!

zoe256
zoe256

Hmm, should be good if it's done well enough. Codemasters are good at driving games but not much else. I've still not forgiven them for not releasing a patch for Hospital Tycoon. I hit a bug and can't ever actually finish the game...which is pretty annoying!

42316
42316

looks cool :)

MariusSE
MariusSE

aye, Lord of the Rings Online is alright though.

Geshpenst
Geshpenst

Jericho, Turning Point, Micro Machines V4, Maelstrom. Their games of late have been... less than great.

bamfer3
bamfer3

always good plot concepts by codemasters but the game ends up s*** -_-

londonrider
londonrider

I hope codies will do smth properly one day...