EA mustering Army of Four?

Next entry in publisher's co-op shooter franchise may double up its cast; powered by Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine.

Source: Day two of Kotaku's "insider" leaks on EA's upcoming plans.

Army of Four may be overkill, but that's just how these guys roll.

What we heard: EA's Army of Two franchise says it all in the title: two guys doing the work of an entire army. However, for the next installment in the franchise, EA may be calling in reinforcements, if Kotaku's latest rumor from an "insider" proves true.

Following on from yesterday's alleged leaks concerning Dead Space and Dragon Age, Kotaku's source claims EA will be rebooting its co-op-centric third-person shooter franchise to include four principle characters. The so-called Army of Four is purportedly being developed at EA's Montreal studio, with help from a few members of DICE's Battlefield 3 team.

In addition to four-player co-op gameplay, Kotaku's source said that Army of Four will be powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 game engine. This engine, which has been seen in Battlefield 3 and Need for Speed: The Run, is also said to be powering BioWare's rumored multiplayer Dragon Age effort.

The official story: EA had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus: Looking not bogus. In April, EA job listings indicated that a new Army of Two installment is in development at Visceral Games' Montreal studio, so it's no surprise that this "multimillion-unit-selling" franchise will live on. Whether or not that includes four-player co-op remains to be seen.

As for Army of Two's next installment using the Frostbite 2 engine, there's no real surprise there. EA is clearly looking to get as much use out of DICE's praised proprietary engine as it can, as evidenced by its initially perplexing, but ultimately successful, implementation in the latest Need for Speed.

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Kevlar101
Kevlar101

Army of Two was Crap, Army of Two: The 40th Day was better, MUCH better, but still not all that great. Army Of Four? Seriously? This is bound two (Get it?) suck a--. Period.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

So the DICE game engine, and the studio behind one of the most successful third person shooters? We may be looking at a winner here

VintAge68
VintAge68

Great idea, surely a safe bet :]

zeroking420_666
zeroking420_666

Kill me now, now that we have a yet another army of game comming out,

snake3rules
snake3rules

i would so much rather have a new freedom fighters .....

GhostofWar75
GhostofWar75

Yeah i know but i wish someone would get the mercs back on their feet.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

The game is going to require Origin to run...

dkdk999
dkdk999

Dude sounds awsome. Though I'm weird and am actually a fan of two player games.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Wait... DICE is involved in this now??? Jeeze EA, give those guys a rest! They just finish your AAA title, and you're like "Thanks... NOW BACK TO WORK!!!" Can you not put out a modern shooter that doesn't say DICE somewhere on the box?

BibiMaghoo
BibiMaghoo

@GhostofWar75 EA shut the studio down. Thats why no mercs 3

GhostofWar75
GhostofWar75

Where the hell is mercenaries 3 at. I really miss that game. That game was just so fun. I would love to see an open world sandbox with frostbite 2s technology.

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

I wish they didn't have to scale down the maps on Battlefield 3, It feels so empty, ya know? Let's hope they don't have to do it again on this.

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

Love, love, love me some co-op. And if they can bring the fun of, say, Left 4 Dead's 4-player co-op to the Army of Two franchise, I'm fully in support of that. Though, here's hoping they aim for a more epic campaign, preferably built with 4-player co-op in mind, and include LAN support (since online was a bit wonky, and no online experience can ever compare to a good LAN party anyway). I really hope they think big on this one and it's not just the same old Army of Two experience merely revamped for 4 players.

LtReviews
LtReviews

The combined campaign length of the first two games is 8 hours, 9 at most, and this is not an hypberolic estimate, I've played them. The online connection on the second game was ok in co-op, but bad in multiplayer. Really, really gonna be hard for them to make a case to buy their third installment, when the second fixed absolutely none of the glaring flaws, which seemed to be universally agreed on.

vadicta
vadicta

Then, they're missing number three!

xcollector
xcollector

They need to get rid of the dark tone of the 40th day and bring back the stupid but funny humor of the first game.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Army of Two (Four?) + Frostbite = pure win.

El_Zo1212o
El_Zo1212o

A new Army of Two? As long as Elliot Salem is still around, I'm in!

pszone
pszone

Well 3rd coming and ill pass again on this

benboz
benboz

The frostbite engine would make this game awesome and 4 player co-op sounds fun

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Can I just say this, they better not make some frickin 4 or 5 hour long game if they make it though. This is REALLY obnoxious...There is no excuse to have to pay 50 or 60 bucks for a game that is only as long as 2 movies...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Army of Two never really interested me. That and Kane and Lynch came out at the same time, and I loved Kane and Lynch's story so I kinda stuck with that series I guess. Haha.

John_Read
John_Read

Would be great if they make PC version this time

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

I hope EA does release this so we can really realise how awesome gears is

airshocker
airshocker

Please no. I can't take the sheer stupidity of another Army of Two.

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

I really loved the first and the second one. Seems like blasphemy that they are making it 4 player now :/ as long as the other two characters are bad ass though, it'll be ok.

dasboy1
dasboy1

I liked the first one haven't played the second much hope it's good cause the whole series has had mixed reviews.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Let's see here... Dead Space 3, Dragon Age MP, Army of Four. SWEET JESUS EA, END IT ALREADY!!!

firedrakes
firedrakes

story wise. army of two 40th day it suck. gameplay was better then first one.. but thats about it. weapon wise. that i like... but again. thats about it. this could do much better

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

Interesting.....It would be great with 4 player co-op....I just hope they have a better story. The first once was very typical and the 2nd story was not really a story...I don't know what it was.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

army of two the 40th flop remember ?

unreal_master
unreal_master

Stop it with this crap. What are the odds of this being remotely any good? Kane and Lynch 1 & 2 were terrible and so was Army of Two 1 & 2.

AcidSoldner
AcidSoldner

Army of Two is alright but I'm mostly interested in this because there have been rumors of a some ex-Pandemic employees that were working on Army of Four.