Enemy Front’s Open World War

Reporting down the barrel of gun.

It’s been a while since we last heard from World War II shooter Enemy Front. For those keeping score at home, the first time GameSpot reported on this game was way back in 2012. We saw it again during that year’s E3, and then Enemy Front promptly dropped off our radar until it resurfaced this past March with a new teaser trailer. Why the two-year gap? According to Stephen Skelton, producer at developer City Interactive, the team wanted to de-modernize this first-person shooter.

Previously, Enemy Front followed in the footsteps of recent Modern Warfare and Call of Duty games, with players being ferried along from one explosive battle to the next. However, during those last two years, a lot of first-person shooters have been released in this style. City Interactive didn’t want Enemy Front to feel stale by comparison, so they decided to try something different and aim for a more open-ended style of shooter.

To achieve this new style, City Interactive turned to stealth games such as Dishonored for inspiration. Now, instead of dragging you through one firefight after another, players are given more options as to how they could approach a battle. In the demo I saw, a group of enemy troops were camped out around an abandoned house in the woods. Naturally, our hero needed to deal with them. While going in guns blazing was definitely an option, our hero instead chose to scout the perimeter, silently dispatching any who strayed too far from the group with a silent melee kill. He then spotted a truck perched atop a hill and shot out its tire blocks so that it would careen into the encampment and blow the remaining troops away.

With all this talk of stealth kills and precision shooting, you might think Enemy Front casts you as a grizzled war veteran, but that’s not the case. Instead, you play as Robert Hawkins, a war correspondent. What’s his deal? Hawkins is an extremely hands-on sort of reporter who’s not afraid to get a little dirty if it means getting a good story. The bulk of the game is told via flashbacks as Hawkins recounts to some very suspicious Polish resistance fighters how he got caught up in their fight. This all culminates in Hawkins taking part in the Warsaw Uprising, a military operation designed to liberate the Polish capital from Nazi control.

Hawkins is an extremely hands-on sort of reporter who’s not afraid to get a little dirty if it means getting a good story.

The handiwork for war correspondent Robert Hawkins. He’s covered wars, you know.

For the team at City Interactive, setting their game during the Warsaw Uprising is a personal choice since they are themselves a Polish development studio. And while most of World War II has been thoroughly catalogued across dozens of first-person shooters and other types of games, the team feels the events surrounding the Warsaw Uprising have not been as well documented--at least in gaming. You can experience all the action for yourself when Enemy Front is released for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 this Summer.

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wolv25
wolv25

@bombjack2013 Yes I agree with you too much information is not good too. But for me CI Games is silent too long so maybe they preparing something big to show. I wait long time to this game.

bombjack2013
bombjack2013

Oh, how nice to read something new about EF. It is true that the game itself would have preferred, but it is already in June. More and more facts about EF. It reminds me of all the good games so definitely reach for it

wolv25
wolv25

I think Enemy Front can pique big interesting in WWII shooters supporter. It's looks like CoD 5 so it will be very interesting game. It's nice to read some new article about that, very good article.

hystavito
hystavito

I love games like Dishonored of Deus Ex, but I'm not a big fan of special powers.  In those games I try to get through them using as few of those as possible, not upgrading and such.  So this sounds very interesting to me.

colonelquack
colonelquack

just to remind you guys that since this is only for current gen consoles and pc only, it means there is no ports to current gen. The game will be at its best quality on current gen and might have the best graphics for a current gen this year because it is one of the only (maybe only) fps shooters that is exclusive to current generation consoles on a disc. no xbla/psn count is what I mean. The game seems repetitive to past shooters but that is not necessarily a bad game, we haven't had a ww2 shooter in a long time and the game looks great. A present day ww2 shooter with way better graphics then past ww2 shooters I think will be great. It also covers events ww2 not covered by other games, so you should have a little different experience than other ww2 shooters. I will probably give this game a try, it seems like a futuristic journey into the past.   


notojacek
notojacek

Hi Guys. Jacek from CI Games here - let me know if you have any questions about the game.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Yeah, this has City Interactive written all over it. Modern shooter or not, it's still crap.

I'm surprised to see how easily people get excited about this stupid thing.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

Wow! Looks better and gameplay seems better than BF4 and COD and all the other pieces of you know what that's out today~ I want I want I WANT!! ^^

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

I was extremely interested in this title when Black was involved and it was a riff on movies like WHERE EAGLES DARE and THE GREAT ESCAPE, but with him leaving and the focus instead being on a reporter who decides to take up arms, I'm very dubious.  Reporters in some of the worst situations have had to kill to survive, but this game makes a reporter into a serial killer.  What!?!?  Reporters just don't do that City Interactive.  It's against the very core of neutral reportage.  Now, I understand you wanted a protagonist that finally has seen enough and has to stand up, but a reporter?  C'mon.  Even SABOTEUR did that better.    

k41m
k41m

YES FINALLY a World War 2 game! I was sad when they stopped doing this.

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

I am looking forward to this i miss WW2 shooters the setting is my most favored in video games the uniforms, weapons and vehicles varity in that war is amazing plus all the battles, too bad the mulityplayer will not be 64 or 32 players max.


Ps. WW2 have many many battles and areas not explored yet but i guess that is because we are limited to playing as the 3 main powers of the allies in only the most known events.

mikees1
mikees1

What do they mean most of World War Two has been covered? The American perspective has been done, but they were not there from the start! The British story goes on a lot longer than the Americans, and hardly any of that has been done. None of the British in Malaysia, Burma or Singapore versus the Japanese. Nor British in North Africa, commandos in Scandinavia.......there's so much that hasn't been told, yet to satisfy the American market it always has to be American stories. Little wonder they THINK they won it on their own.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

I love my WWII shooters but they really need something other than this to get me excited. Almost every shooter these days is just crammed full of gimmicks, this seems to be headed there. Just give us likable characters, good storytelling and find the balance between realism and arcade that made old WWII games so much fun!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Surprisingly, I'm looking forward to it.  I prefer the WW2 setting to modern combat, and the stealth kills and freedom of choice is right up my alley.  As long as the AI is decent, and the game isn't a buggy mess, I'll probably enjoy playing it.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

A reporter who shoots with guns and kills with stealth? Really?

wolv25
wolv25

@bombjack2013 Honestly I want read a little more information about this game. Or see any interview with someone from CI Games. They have still some timeto release date so maybe we will see something more about Enemy Front.

vad3r666
vad3r666

@thechuck11  It looks better, except that in Sniper Elite 2 annoyed me because of weapons. Here you have the chance to choose whether you want a simple shooter, if you want to go through the game in a more tactical

co1olnelquack
co1olnelquack

@notojacek  hey, will the game have rankings/leader boards for multiplayer, would really like to see rankings to see how i compete against the world.

colonelquack
colonelquack

@notojacek  is namco publishing/distributing this game? what are they doing for Enemy front.

mikees1
mikees1

Will this be as close to real events as possible? A lot of Polish restance weapons were British weapons that were air dropped into Poland, will we see air drops? Variation and noticeable differences between the different units of the Germans (Wehrmacht and SS, fallschirmjager)? I've only ever seen one game (MoH airborne) detail different units and I think it really worked. The different units were a more natural way of increasing the difficulty and more rewarding weapons dropped by killing that unit.

I have a ps4, but I still have my 360 too so am going to pick up this because WWII is so much more interesting than the modern setting.

colonelquack
colonelquack

@notojacek

Hi, I was wondering if the game will have co-op campaign. Also, will the game have any leader boards, rankings, stats, or leveling system for online or maybe offline? I hope not, I don't want to see my awful stats. lolol

mrmooflarby
mrmooflarby

@notojacek 1. Will their be vehicles in multiplayer and/or singleplayer?

                   2. Is there anyway that the multiplayer could be or will ever be increased to have more players and bigger maps.  This could be through DLC or modding. you really should allow modding. Greedy companies like EA don't allow it because they are afraid that nobody will buy their DLCs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mods keep games alive and more people end up buying DLC.  For example, the other day I was playing a Battlefield 2 mod, and their was over 100 players on a single server!

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@notojacek After Black left development, you got rid of the SAS/strike force element of the game and re-focused on resistance, but why use a reporter as a protagonist?  In a game about killing a lot of people, this seems a strange choice.  Reporters are good for gaining information, but as mass murderers?

vad3r666
vad3r666

@dannydopamine8  Why do you think so? trailer and gameplay show a pretty good shooter, with lots of stealth, sabotage, It's like a combination of Sniper Elite from COD in the realities of WWII. Gameplay looks like it is from the console version, so the PC version can graphically look better.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Quarkzquarkz

You have really low standards, which is surprising. But you're probably talking about stuff you only heard about.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@mikees1 To be fair, Call of Duty 1, 2 and 3 did have some of the British operations in them.  Call of Duty 2 included some of the North Africa action in the campaign.

I would like to see something set in Burma, though, because that is where my grandfather served.

notojacek
notojacek

@leikeylosh  Yes, but he is not just a reporter. Don't want to spoil anything though

bombjack2013
bombjack2013

@wolv25 @bombjack2013  Too much knowledge is also not good, because it is missing the element of surprise.;) They could yet focus on multi before the premiere. But I agree with you because Iam also hungry for knowledge.

wolv25
wolv25

@colonelquack I don't mean graphics on this game. Here everyone has its own needments. Why you put paid this game? We don't play on it yet. Personally I give this game and CI Games a chance.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@vad3r666 @thechuck11I'm not sure an infantry soldier would be taking on the Nazis by themselves, it made more sense in Sniper Elite 2 for you to be alone, being a sniper and all... If this was third person I may be more interested. Actually I'll just wait for Sniper Elite 3 - X-Ray kill cam, tasty!

hystavito
hystavito

@mikees1  One thing I like about settings from further back in history is less gadgets and tech.  A lot of that stuff becomes ridiculous and takes away from the core of just plain small arms combat tactics.  I feel like a lot of the high tech stuff in shooters really just boils down to sort of a "woah cooool sweeeet" response :).


I really got interested when I saw "de-modernize" :).

notojacek
notojacek

@colonelquack @notojacek  I will share your opinion with our dev team. But as I said - We can't share more information about multiplayer just yet. Stay tooned. :)

colonelquack
colonelquack

mrmooflarby, OMG, you got to be kidding me. People want to play on a 100+ player lobby. That is ridiculous and would be super boring. As they mentioned in the info of the game, there will be 12 player multiplayer which is a great amount of players for a fun multiplayer shooter. Battlefield is one of the worst shooters ever made in my opinion, realistic but not fun to play because the maps are too big, contains boats etc... It is definitely something you don't want anything to do with.

notojacek
notojacek

@mrmooflarby @notojacek  1. We will share more about multiplayer in coming weeks. For now, we just want to show you singleplayer experience.


2. Like above - I can't say much about multiplayer besides what its been said before. Also no modding support for community as yet planned.

notojacek
notojacek

@battlefront1943 @notojacek  I don't won't to spoil anything, but we choose a reporter with quite backstory. He will not be "behind-the-desk" type guy, he likes to be in the center of action and of course he has quite an interesting past. We will tell more about him in coming weeks

wolv25
wolv25

@vad3r666I totally agree with you. Not everyone game must have shining graphics. For me in this game graphics is not most important thinks. I want to see this story on my eyes.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

@xsonicchaos @Quarkzquarkz  Excuse me jerk, but I have extremely high standards because my parents are rich and I don't even know why I'm wasting my time with you so have a nice life duchbag! ^^