E3 2008: Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising

We get a glimpse of the future of this long-awaited sequel to a great first-person shooter.

At E3 2008, we just received a demo of the upcoming first-person shooter, Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising. If you've been following this game, you already know that it will depict a conflict between the United States and China on a fictional island in the Pacific Ocean. And if you know anything about Operation Flashpoint at all, you can bet that it'll be an extremely realistic take on wide-open militaristic combat. But you probably don't know that the game will feature 70 highly detailed, realistic weapons, and 50 equally detailed vehicles on an island that's 130 square miles of highly dynamic terrain.

You also probably weren't aware that if you went online, you'd be able to play eight-player coop with friends, or 32-player matches against them. And the best part is that even in an online match, you'll still have non-player character squadmates to command and fight alongside of. When the game launches in 2009 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, it's possible that you'll enter a 32-player match with 256 combatants (between real players and their NPC minions).

But how will the game look? After all, no one has actually seen it in action. Instead of showing us gameplay, Codemasters showed us a "previsualization" of what the game is intended to look like at launch. From what we saw, they have their sights set on the best graphics seen yet in a first-person shooter. We witnessed an amazing, photorealistic air strike on some tanks that were rumbling along a hillside. Maybe Operation Flashpoint 2 will look like the best thing ever, and maybe it won't. But Codemasters' model for graphical success is extremely promising. And like everything else about Operation Flashpoint 2, it's unbelievably realistic and ambitious.

A big part of this ambitious realism is the island itself. The island is called Shira Island, and it's a real place in a real island chain. However, it's been transplanted into an area north of Japan that was recently discovered to contain large amounts of petroleum, which makes it the perfect setting for an international conflict between the United States and China. Now, you won't be able to actually blow up or off pieces of the island with your giant bombs and dangerous guns. Instead, the developers will populate the island with all sorts of trees and structures for you to blow up instead.

After reading all of this, you probably know that there's still a lot that you don't know about Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising. But there is good reason to hope that this will be one of the best-looking and best-playing shooters on the market in 2009. When we know more, you will too.

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44 comments
byrdcjb100
byrdcjb100

Just heard of it looks so awesome

iggygeneva
iggygeneva

can't wait for the realism, the original was more SIM than shooter, hopefully this sequel lives up to the original.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

If they stay true to the original, then it will surely be brilliant, just hope they dont 'Dumb down' the realism to appeal to the Halo / COD4 players, as thats what made the original so good e.g. vision blurs & aim goes wonky when shot, blown to the floor and have to crawl for medic when knocked down by grenade etc, simply cant wait for this. Hope CM dont let us down.

ecartman147
ecartman147

I'll try not to get my hopes up like I did with BF:BC.

ebol
ebol

Can´t wait for this to come out. The gameplay in OFP was ( and still is imo ) the best of all FPS´s ever made. It felt so great ; the environments ( run/fly/drive anywhere you like ), sound and action etc. I totally loved it. I really hope this one has the same feel as the first OFP.

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

this game sounds really fun i never played none of the flashpoint games before but the movie trailer and the review sounds great.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

God i hope this stays true to the original PC version, and not just 'another' run of the mill FPS. The realism and accuracy should hopefully seperate this from all other FPS's (COD4 etc). Cant wait.

leofiregod
leofiregod

The ONLY fun part of the 1st OFP was getting in the tractor and seeing how long you could live

maverick_76
maverick_76

I have to admit that OFP was one of my favorite titles on the PC when it came out. Probably the only things that hurt it was physics problems with the vehicles and bugs that would stall the game. Other than that I have never played a tactical shooter with more realism, maybe this will surpass it, maybe not.

Avals
Avals

Codemasters develop this..doubt it to be good..

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

we should way to see how this turns out

organic_machine
organic_machine

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have a mission editor. That was the best part about the predecessor.

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

It could end up looking like crap though... But good concept!

grambyte
grambyte

Yawn. This and a million others u mean?! Nah, I'll skip.

Helios_CM
Helios_CM

Yep, we are going to be releasing a brand new Facebook exclusive video on Friday as the 1st milestone of 100 fans has been reached :) As we got more sign-ups, we'll be releasing more cool stuff!

HiddenVirus
HiddenVirus

LOOOnnG time toooo late we start to lose hope. v_\/_v

Gangsta65
Gangsta65

sign up as a fan at facebook for access to cheats and other cool stuff and if they reach milestones in fans(numbers) they will unlock more cool stuff

Deluhathol
Deluhathol

Will be interesting to see how close the graphics actually compare to the "previsualization" after it ships.

imrlybord7
imrlybord7

This should be awesome. I just hope they make it a tiny bit less realistic than previous entries in the series and that there is a lot of character customization a la R6V and CoD4.

stakex007
stakex007

Bohemia Interactive Studios (BIS) developed the first OFP and Codemasters simply published it... so OFP2 is a "true" sequal in name only, as its being made by a diffrent dev team. If you want the actual follow up for OFP, look out for Armed Assault 2 later this year... or early next. As for OFP2 itself, it deffinatly sounds like a lot of fun... but Im always skeptical when a developer will show nothing but renders... hopefully the game will deliver, as competition between Codies and BIS will cause both of them to make better games next time around.

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Still too far off.. but interesting perhaps.

organic_machine
organic_machine

The Original Operation Flashpoint I consider to be my personal favorite FPS and I do consider that it is the all time greatest combat simulator. I can't wait for this game! I hope the AI is smarter this time around.

stagga99
stagga99

I've no doubt that it'll look great as it's powered by a version of the Neon engine used in Dirt and Grid but I'm going to get all snobby here and worry if the fact it's on console is going to damage it. Don't get me wrong, I love my PS3 but games like Flashpoint and ArmA are generally very technical and have masses of commands that are better suited to PCs and keyboards IMO. Of course if the devs make it keyboard compatible that would be good but I think i'll be getting the PC version over this. (and because I hate trying to aim with a pad!)

moxyz1
moxyz1

Im really looking forward to seeing some early gameplay footage as this game will really be something v different from the fps ,s we have onconsole at this time ,hope they make the first B/compatible to 360 as im dying to play this type of game... maybe even ARMA 2 for console i hope.

pipopper
pipopper

@raverrozza Armed Assault I think it was called. I never played it because it looked so similar to OFP I saw no reason. Hopefully when we finally see gameplay on the "official" sequel it doesn't disappoint

Syzgygy
Syzgygy

32 players online - that's it? Throwing a lot of bots into the mix doesn't make it better! I see it now.. all the bots running around like headless chickens. Boo!!

raverrozza
raverrozza

yeah heemle that was a worry for me but im still very interested in this.what was the one called that the original developers made? conflict something. it was good but it ddint take enough steps forward. i found myself going back and playing the original flashpoint!!

InfectiousDust
InfectiousDust

I've been waiting for this one since ever since the original rocked my PC... OFP is back baby!!

eddy96_1
eddy96_1

sounds incredible... i wanna see this "realistic" footage

heemle
heemle

Just remember this game isn't made by the guys who made the first game.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

sounds generic but i might still get it depending on how it turns out in the future

Dune571
Dune571

some of this article needs an edit.

carstairs
carstairs

There are just so many FPS's that it's hard to stand out.

Coldkilla9
Coldkilla9

What a s*&$ty job by gamespot and this preview. Shame on them... Theres already a lot more information on this game and they failed the ask any questions..

hdue
hdue

I remember and loved the first OFP and hopefully this will top it in everyway..Definately looking forward to more

1005
1005

Operation Flashpoint was a great game, this sounds to be an even better game. Looking forward to it :)

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

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856891
856891

prays for good graphics*

Ryir554
Ryir554

I hope we see more of this