First look: Prisoner Of War

Codemasters announced a new project for the PlayStation 2, under the working title of Prisoner Of War. See the first screenshots from and details on the game.

UK-based developer and publisher Codemasters has announced a new project for the PlayStation 2, the tentatively titled Prisoner of War. The game is being developed externally by Wide Games, and it's scheduled for a release on the PS2 in fall 2001. Prisoner of War is also being developed for the PC platform, but, according to Codemasters, the PS2 game will be released first. An Xbox version is also likely.

In the game, players control four German prisoners from the Allied forces during World War II in 1941. The prisoners are American, British, Dutch, and French, and they must escape from one of four German prison camps: Salonika, Stalag Luft I, Stalag Luft III, and Colditz Castle. Each of the characters has different abilities--such as athleticism, stealth, espionage, charm, and linguistics--which the player needs to manage and enhance in order to escape from the prison camps. Prisoner of War is played from the third-person perspective, and it will be fully 3D using Wide Games' Atlus engine.

"A key title for the winter season, Prisoner of War marries a balance of stealth and action, creating an immersive gameplay experience," said David Darling, Codemasters' chief executive. "Coming from Wide Games, it's one of seven Codemasters projects currently being created by external development partners. We have had great success working with external teams, and they remain an important part of our ongoing development plans."

Prisoner Of War is set for a release sometime this winter. GameSpot will have further details on Prisoner of War as they become available.

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