EndWar Exclusive Theater of War Hands-On

It's the end of the world as you know it, and it's fought online.

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The single-player campaign and multiplayer skirmish modes in Tom Clancy's EndWar are just the beginning. The meat of EndWar will be fought online in the Theater of War, a persistent and ongoing mode in which you assemble and upgrade your own personal army, and then unleash it on the world. They don't call it World War III for nothing.

First you choose a faction. The United States is known for excellent air and ground combat, stealth and robotics, and dashing good looks. Russia is a military behemoth that specializes in heavy weaponry and making things go boom. Europe, meanwhile, employs the fastest vehicle units, laser weaponry, and electronic warfare, as well as darn good cappuccinos. There may be a cash reward for a particular faction if it's lagging behind in online numbers, and these credits can be spent immediately on upgrading your battalion.

It's not a Tom Clancy game without mushroom clouds.

Before spending those credits, you first select your battalion specialty, be it airborne, technical, or mechanized. These give you more units that fall within your specialty; for example, airborne battalions receive more gunships and riflemen reinforcements. After each battle, surviving units receive experience points and climb up the six ranks, gaining access to unit-specific upgrades. For instance, elite riflemen can be upgraded with camouflage to blend in with the environment. Unfortunately, if a highly ranked unit is killed in combat, you lose its rank and upgrades. Thankfully, it's more difficult to be killed than you'd expect. A unit is first incapacitated and consequently is no longer able to execute orders. Instead, it waits for a support helicopter and a quick extraction. After incapacitating an enemy, you usually move on to the next enemy and continue the fight. But if you're feeling particularly ornery, you can completely wipe out an incapacitated unit. On the flip side, you can order your elite units to evacuate the battlefield just before they become incapacitated so that they live to fight another day. Then again, you won't be able to use their particular talents again during that battle.

The Theater of War map is spread out across the eastern seaboard of the United States, Russia, and Europe. What about the rest of the world? Wait for EndWar 2, said Ubisoft. The Theater of War is broken up into turns, and one turn lasts one day. When you log in, a battle commander will fill you in on the results of battles fought by your faction. At the end of the day, the results of every battle are tallied, and the winner takes control of those territories on the map. Ubisoft has the ability to set various win conditions, such as controlling a certain number of territories or capital cities. If your faction wins World War III, you can expect a large cash reward in addition to a trophy or achievement. And then World War III starts all over again. Ubisoft expects campaigns to last between one and three weeks.

This war is not static, and ownership of valuable territories will help you to gain other territories. There are air bases on the map that can give you instant access to air strikes, and military bases will give you a large number of ground troops called Force Recon that overrun the enemy, called Force Recon. As you win or lose, your front line will dynamically shift, so you'll want to choose battles that are crucial to your faction's war effort.

There are several different mission types, depending on whether you're attacking or defending a territory. The normal Conquest mode tasks you with securing more than half of the satellite-uplink points on the map. An Assault match is a kill-everything deathmatch. In Raid, attackers try to take out targets on a map within a set time period. In Siege--usually reserved for the capital cities Washington DC, Moscow, and Paris--attackers must secure one critical point for a set period of time. In all mission types, simply blowing up all enemies will earn you a victory as well, should you not want to bother with pesky command points (though they do award you with command-point bonuses that can purchase upgrades or reinforcements).

Battle lines are continually shifting in the Theater of War.

The EndWar servers are not separated by region, so you may in fact do battle against Europeans or Russians during the Theater of War. You can also bring a partner to fight cooperatively, sharing command points and uplink rewards such as Force Recon. Playing with a friend adds another level of strategy as you formulate a battle plan, focus on specific targets on the map, and utilize different specialties. Furthermore, the persistent units from your single-player campaign do not cross over to Theater of War. After each mission, you can edit and save replays to show off to your friends.

EndWar is currently being tested in a closed beta, but a VIP demo is scheduled to begin on October 7 for those who preorder the game at certain retailers. A traditional demo is slated to appear on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network soon afterward. In both cases, the end is near, and we can't wait.

Discussion

160 comments
henrik02
henrik02

Looks awesome! Just a little while more!

Leffe_sweden
Leffe_sweden

jopickard I'm afraid it's not going to be avaiable for the wii, at least it's no anounced yet and even if they anounced it today it would take months before it would be out

Mike0193
Mike0193

this game sounds awesome...i play the demo on 360 and i love it, the gameplay is amazing and makes you think strategically very much. The real game is certain to be much better than this first demo!

jopickard
jopickard

Looks great!! When is it coming out for the Wii ???

steelhead2264
steelhead2264

dude I wonder if you can have 3 factions in 1 game that would be so intense!!!! I want this game so bad!!

SlapFacker
SlapFacker

I've been playing the demo and I have to say, for the first time ever, the voice commands work perfectly! You just speak normally and it does exactly what you ask. You don't even have to slow your words! Every unit has a number attached to it, so you just say; "UNIT 1 ATTACK HOSTILE 3" and so on. Trust me, it's really cool and full of depth. With Fallout, Gears 2, Guitar Hero WT, COD5, Fable 2, and now ENDWAR.....I am going broke!! I love my 360!

megabyte36
megabyte36

Ya ive been following this game ver since it was announced but once again ubisoft has totally 4gotten about the pc i mean all the other consoles (XBox 360, PS3, DS and PSP) all get the november 4th release date where as the pc currently has a Q1 ubisoft did this with assasins creed as well

SaintAjora
SaintAjora

Man I've been waiting for this game for what it seems like for ever! I really hope it delivers and that it doesn't dissapoint.

DntUknwImLoCo92
DntUknwImLoCo92

just played the demo absolutely sickkk recommend u download

DntUknwImLoCo92
DntUknwImLoCo92

just played the demo absolutely sickkk recommend u download

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

got to have a decent single player for us non professional online gamers. Nothing worse than having to learn the details and nuances of a game while online battling hardcore online gamers.

Giantsallstar10
Giantsallstar10

Dude this game looks sick i hop it doesnt dissapoint

wogglies5
wogglies5

Looks good! Not too long now before it comes out!

forhekset
forhekset

"i thought this was a first person shooter game" Hahaha.

patsy-cline
patsy-cline

Streetzcrazin, I think that ubisoft where focusing a lot on the Brothers in arms hells highway (which isn't brilliant) this year which held them up, oh yeah, I knew by just lookin at the announcement trailer that it was going to be stratdegy aswell. doesn't take much brains to notice it. (no offence)

JasonDarksavior
JasonDarksavior

Phew! I thought there was no single campaign, luckily I was wrong! Endwar looks great!

streetzcrazin
streetzcrazin

Damn i am very upset i thought this game was a uniting title for both rainbow six and ghost recon teams i read that mitchell is going to survive the accident in GRAW 2 and will survive the burns i thought this was a first person shooter game well... will ubisoft release a first person shooter this year i mean when will be the next installment for ghost recon and rainbow six series

kdep3
kdep3

World war 1 and world war 2 is where Canada proved that they are a powerful offensive force, Canadian shock troopers were feared by Germans in both wars because they could get pummeled by shells and still not relent.

tomnuke
tomnuke

Canada is a good attacker but not the best defensive we are up there logistics we supported the British kingdom during ww2 with out us they loose we aren't a superpower but every superpower needs allies the more allies you have the better and Canada counts enough to swing the results of war also we control usa's uranium supplies remember when we shut down a reactor and the whole world need our medical isotopes because we supplied most of the worlds i can go on and we can beat the usa in a defensive war easily war of 1812 it will be another korea a war where nothing happened

calanorn
calanorn

brooklyn are you high. i know first hand that the british troops are amongst the best trained troops in the world im not even gonna say we are the top army in the world i dont have the right to i judge the people i fight with one a personal basis not over all. america = from the troops ive served with they are well trained for me they suffer more from the fact there training seems alot less personal sinces theres loads of them hehe but from joint ops they did there jobs and did them well. easily the most technologically advanced army and the most fun to be on ops with. brits = i can vouch for our training ive had to do enough of it. If anything though i would say the RAF is kick ass as far as im concerned they are the best air force in the world followed by america my oppinion though. israel = mean ground forces not a big army just relentless well trained follow there training to a T and from what ive seen merciless. very well trained. aussies = ive not encountered the aussies apart from a few joint exercises very sneaky with there subs they managed to sink a US air craft carrier and slip away in wargames a few years ago. NZ = small military forces very good special forces NZSAS as the name suggests they work along side the british SAS and US special forces. most people have never heard of them. canada = disciplined but from what ive seen they are a defensive force they are not great in an attack but defending they do well. only met them on 3 occasions tho so dont know a huge amount about them but il say with 100% certainty they are not the best trained soldiers well trained yes the best? no obviously personal opinion. In world war 3 the one nation they have left out i would be worried about is china there economic boom huge military the only reason they are not the power house they want to be atm is logistics they do not have the boats planes etc cable of supplying an army of that size. In the future who knows but i think they should have been in there but maybe thats for an expansion and il be playing as EU

rphanidhar
rphanidhar

who cares about damn canada indians can overrun it in a day or two

bombber123
bombber123

Brooklyn, the last time Canada fought in a real war, was when they were a british Dominion, so its kind of hard to prove that they are the best. Anyway the game looks great, and I can't wait for it to come out.

brooklyn_35
brooklyn_35

n i am stoked for this game 3 superpowers or not

brooklyn_35
brooklyn_35

just wanted to let the guys who think that america and britian have the best armies in the world to look at the quality of ur guys soldiers cause if u do ull see that though canada doesnt have a sizeable force or high tech army we have the best troops in the world

hashmanalum
hashmanalum

Interesting game system... looking forward to it!

PEIWARRIOR
PEIWARRIOR

The only major problem that could be associated with this mode is lag. Lag could kill this mode!

earthman108
earthman108

boycott then, you will feel lonely when the rest are playing it

popping4it
popping4it

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Red_Dawn345
Red_Dawn345

I Can't Wait:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LostSoul1974
LostSoul1974

I'm a huge fan of strategy games (real-time & turn-based).....I'm all on this!

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

ahhha michaelt no you better hope microsoft is readdy for like 6-10millinion more xbox online they drop prices ahhh 07 xmass over again

michaeltamayo
michaeltamayo

This game is going to be great as long as online multiplayer does not become a problem. If you look at all the other RTS games, xbox live has been a huge factor for them. Hope the servers can keep up with the 50,000+ players who will probably be looking forward to playing all on Christmas day. On the other hand, {Shemrom} This game will have the variable of some luck in it. Although strategy is the aboslute biggest factor, no one unit can kill the whole tree. I have not looked into upgrades yet, considering no info has been put out about it. But hopefully, out off the thousand upgrades each faction has, Not one becomes to over powering. For that will kill the game. Just like C&C3.

michaeltamayo
michaeltamayo

This game is going to be great as long as online multiplayer does not become a problem. If you look at all the other RTS games, xbox live has been a huge factor for them. Hope the servers can keep up with the 50,000+ players who will probably be looking forward to playing all on Christmas day. On the other hand, {Shemrom} This game will have the variable of some luck in it. Although strategy is the aboslute biggest factor, no one unit can kill the whole tree. I have not looked into upgrades yet, considering no info has been put out about it. But hopefully, out off the thousand upgrades each faction has, Not one becomes to over powering. For that will kill the game. Just like C&C3.

shemrom
shemrom

All that I hope for is that the game play is as simple as World In Conflict. upgrades is cool and all but there still need to be an Rock, Paper, Scissor type game and not make one unit too powerful.

ParaBellum71
ParaBellum71

Hopefully the persistent war will be executed as good or better then chromehounds. And it would also be nice if the unit upgrades make people actualy think before they order all thier units straight at a problem and ruin team strategy online.

maverick_76
maverick_76

I have to agree Fool619, this game hopefully will rock! Lets just hope that everything they say it does works seamlessly and the factions are equal. I hate games where everyone wants to be one faction because it is the easiest to upgrade, win, etc.

Fool619
Fool619

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Fool619
Fool619

This game looks awesome!

thekodaman
thekodaman

It'll be interesting to see how many players actually use the European Federation as their faction as it doesnt seem they get anything particularly meaty compared to the US and Russia, personally I think Russia looks to be the most fun.

mrsnowy
mrsnowy

it sounds 2 good 2 be true. i dont want 2 be disapointed

SuperGamer911
SuperGamer911

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Derek1177
Derek1177

looks interestin. Im just not sure though. im going to wait for the reviews.

bestbuy319
bestbuy319

dude sounds great voice command rocks glad a company is doing something with the mic besides talking crap to 12 year olds

mysticchampion
mysticchampion

and for anyone doubting the voice commands because of rainbows don't worry it works amazing. i was a beta tester.