EA planning Black February

Criterion's deafening and daring first-person shooter finally gets a date with Xbox, PlayStation 2; will ship 2/28.

Back at E3 2004, a select group of game journalists were shown a highly secretive title behind closed doors. What they saw blew them away. The game was Black, a new first-person shooter from Criterion Games, the British studio behind the Burnout racing series.

Criterion reps openly said they wanted to infuse a Burnout-type brand of carnage into every frame of Black, calling the game "gun porn." The result of their labor was evident at E3 2005, when Criterion creative director Alex Ward claimed it was the only game to come close to capturing the bullet-pocked chaos of the infamous "lobby scene" in The Matrix.

As Criterion and its corporate parent, Electronic Arts, let more and more footage of Black trickle out, word of mouth began to spread about the game's sheer destruction. However, the title's vague "2006" made many impatient gamers want to smash things; when exactly could they get their itchy trigger fingers on the game?

Late today, EA finally gave Black a definitive release date. The game will begin riddling PlayStation 2s and Xboxes full of bullet holes on February 28, 2006--a mere two and a half months away. Both versions of the game will retail for $49.99, but the game's rating is still pending. In addition to a new trailer, EA also released the official box art for the shooter (pictured), which has one of the most self-explanatory covers in memory.

Judging by the trailers, Black will be packed with gunfights. However, its plot has largely been shrouded in mystery. Today, though, EA gave the most information yet about the game's story in the form of a still-vague summary:

"Join the world's most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the US from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out brutal and overt operations around the globe. From manipulating politicians to controlling intelligence networks and militaries, BLACK operatives are trained at the highest level in psychological warfare, espionage, and lethal arts. Go deep into the world of clandestine warfare as you use any means necessary to get the job done."

For a firsthand account of Black's gameplay, check out GameSpot's hands-on preview.

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37 comments
chrisdojo
chrisdojo

yay....another FPS on console......wait....those aren't ever good when you have to use those stupid analog stix.

Royas
Royas

I'll wait for a PC version to come out, I hate FPS on consoles.

jon1233
jon1233

I don't see what all the commotion over BLACK is about. Whats so incredible about it? Destructible Enviorments...cool, Lots of Big Guns...neat, now what about everything that makes FPSs great. Good AI, Story, Balance, Multiplayer. Haven't heard alot about those. I still look forward to it though...you never know.

JoeKing9mm
JoeKing9mm

they should have made it an xbox360 game as well because by february many people will be getting thier hands on 360s and will only be buying those games.

trj156
trj156

it will probably be backwards compatible with 360

DeathStar17
DeathStar17

I hope they put this one on the 360 and PC.

CSM55
CSM55

Wow this game looks lame as hell. What's up with the cheesy grenade tossing?

_LEGIONS_
_LEGIONS_

I gamespot might give it a score of 8.1

dodger2bking
dodger2bking

I live in the UK and the game has always been scheduled for a February release although this hasn't been confirmed until now. Just one question, how the hell does a PS2 create graphics like that?

dahaka_2005
dahaka_2005

i think it is different Fps i think its look Great,,,,,

khemic97
khemic97

isn't February also BLACK history month?

cusoker
cusoker

seriously tho, this looks like the making of a great game. lets see how the finished product turns out!

cusoker
cusoker

nothing like pure shooting destruction. hey, does anyone know if jack thompson is a "boss" (he he he, i couldnt resist). I mean the article does say that the "black" squad protects from domestic threats.

XenonHID_VQ
XenonHID_VQ

Wow, the visuals of this game gives next-gen a run for its money!!!

antwon78
antwon78

for all the people wanting an xbox360 version.sorry but,it's not going to happen.Criterion made this game to show that there is still life in current gen consoles,with a lot more people behind them then the next gens.so at best you can hope for backwards compatibilty with higher resolution graphics.the xbox 360 will soon have it's share of really good fps,just not black.

djwglpuppy
djwglpuppy

I think I am preachin to the choir that I am ticked that it is not coming out for the XBOX 360!!! Hey Criterion... you did a redo of Burnout Revenge.... how bout doing that for black?.... It makes me sad that there are these great titles coming out for second generation systems *cough* Half Life 2 *cough*

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Looks good, looks good! Hope the expectation meets the finished product.

belgarath2323
belgarath2323

There's no such thing as too many FPS 's! And this one looks great.

CrzdColombian
CrzdColombian

gonna lag on xbox. this game looks like its goin to be like killzone for ps2 a great game but fails on a weak system. should only be on 360

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

In my honest opinion, we don't need another shooter out there... BUT I do think that this one looks pretty good... and it is by Criterion, so I would guess that it will be chock full of action. Could be one of the biggest in 2006.

djdizz
djdizz

I hope the plot is good because the screens look beautiful and it wold suck if the story makes no sense

Saburbia
Saburbia

I hope this game is really good even though i saw an interview with one of the guys working on it saying there wont be any multiplayer mainly cause they do not want to ruin the game by messing it up

ewjim
ewjim

Trailers and screens are good, but how good game will be?!? Let's wait and see...

seymourbewty
seymourbewty

I sold my Xbox so I could buy a 360. Here's hoping it will be either backward compatible, or they'll make a higher rez 360 version.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

It may be another FPS, but so far, it's the best one developed for the PlayStation 2. Enhanced graphics, enhanced physics, enhanced action.

qbkiller94
qbkiller94

I'm pretty excited about this game. The only thing that scares me is that its being put out by Electronic Arts. EA is all about selling and marketing games. Making good, quality titles comes a distant third to them.

warhawk256
warhawk256

...Dude, not cool. Valentine's Day Massacre, maybe?

Evil_Nerf
Evil_Nerf

Ironic choice for a release date... Black in February which is Black History Month.

metalmulisha808
metalmulisha808

cool... i hope they port it to the xbox 360 when i get one haha.

raiden7890
raiden7890

haha, celebrate a late valentines day with BLACK

warhawk256
warhawk256

... Fair enough. To steal a term from Microsoft: the Valentine's Day WINDOW!

Thrallia
Thrallia

you celebrating valentine's day two weeks later than the rest of us?

warhawk256
warhawk256

This will be the best Valentine's Day ever. :)

Rcarlino3
Rcarlino3

#1 yah, btw is there a Xbox 360 version comming out?