Last week we visited Russia to get a look at publisher 1C's upcoming slate of titles, including Captain Blood, Cryostasis, and the cross-platform combat flight sim IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey. And by Russia we mean the Russian Consulate in San Francisco. We half expected Jack Bauer to storm in at any moment and start demanding answers. But answers we got. In addition to the aforementioned games, we also got a look at these babies. Click on each title to see a new trailer, too. Enjoy:
Yes, the original Deathtrack is being resurrected by 1C and developer SkyFallen. In the near future, football, baseball, and basketball are boooooooring. Instead, fans need their thirst for blood quenched by vehicular death races in which drivers vie for not only first place, but their very survival. Post-apocalyptic tracks weave through New York where the Statue of Liberty has fallen, and through Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is burning. You'll also drive, shoot, and destroy your way through Bangkok, London, Moscow, Prague, San Diego, Istanbul, Tokyo, and the Vatican City, where you better pray you win. Get it? Anyway, Death Track looks like a fairly standard vehicular combat racing title, complete with machine guns and missiles. Look for it to hit PCs later this year.
Off-road gear-heads may be tempted by the upcoming 4x4 Hummer, developed by 1C and Avalon Style Entertainment. 1C told us we can expect a full off-road simulation, so this won't be a reworked Hummer Badlands. Instead, you can expect to tweak the gearbox, center differential locking, tire pressure and height control on a number of GM vehicles. In addition to a fleet of Hummers, you can also jump into an Escalade, Tahoe, Yukon, and Envoy and challenge yourself to races and events located in Iceland, Egypt, Crimea, and the Grand Canyon. Prepare to get muddy.
IC takes us back to WWII with Men of War, a real-time-strategy game that will put you in control of Soviet, Allied, and German soldiers. There are more than 20 unit types at your disposal, including infantry, tanks, and heavy guns. The 19-mission campaign spans the globe and includes such locales as Germany, Italy, North Africa, Ukraine, Russia, Greece and the Pacific. Multiplayer modes will include Capture the Flag and "high-value-cargo," and will feature a matchmaking rating system to keep the fight fair. We didn't see Men of War in action, but it sounds like a cross between Battlestations: Midway and Company of Heroes. We'll have more when we get to see the game for ourselves.
Not to be confused with the above Men of War, Theatre of War II is yet another WWII strategy game. This time around you'll be fighting in North Africa with the chance to control British and American troops or Germany's Afrika Korps under the command of the Desert Fox, General Erwin Rommel. Again, this is another game we didn't get to play, but we do know it will have 15 missions, a mission editor, and lots of bullets and bombs. Also be ready for hand-to-hand combat, fighting inside buildings, and ground-based plus aerial vehicles. We'll have more when we learn more, but Theatre of War II is set to release sometime this year.