First up is first-person shooter Operation Flashpoint 2, which will be coming to the PC and "major console formats." The company describes the game as its "most extensive R and D project to date," and says it has already been in preproduction for two years. It will use a new FPS version of the studio's middleware, Neon.
The original game, Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, was released in 2001 and followed by two expansion packs. The second game will feature a new contemporary setting, along with extensive multiplayer components and a variety of military disciplines to play.
Also being published in 2008 by Codemasters is Rise of the Argonauts, an action role-playing game developed by Liquid Entertainment. Rise of the Argonauts will be set in ancient Greece, with players leading a team of famous warriors including Jason, Hercules, and Atalanta on an epic quest through the ancient land. The game will also be released on the PC and "leading console formats."
Last but not least, 2008 will see the arrival of Race Driver One, which is "the third generation" of the motorsport series that started with the TOCA Touring Cars series and more recently became the TOCA Race Driver series.
Race Driver One will also use the Neon middleware engine--which was also announced to be powering Colin McRae-inspired rally game DiRT--and will feature locations in Europe, the US, and Japan. Both official circuit-based championships and urban street competitions will be playable. Again, the game will be coming in 2008 to the PC and "leading console formats."
Codemasters Studios executive producer Gavin Raeburn commented, "A completely fresh career structure will engage players in an unprecedented range of racing styles as they build a team capable of becoming number one. The Neon engine will be expanded to deliver a new level of visual detail, physics and an astonishing car damage system."
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