History Channel takes up Brothers in Arms

Two-hour documentary on the 101st Airborne, 502nd Parachute Infantry to use Gearbox game footage to depict the group's invasion of Normandy.

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Gearbox Software's Brothers in Arms has been putting game players in the first moments of the D-Day invasion of Normandy since March, but it's about to start doing the same for people who've never touched a controller in their lives.

Gearbox, Brothers in Arms publisher Ubisoft, and The History Channel today announced a two-hour special, creatively titled Brothers in Arms, that will use footage from the game to tell the story of the 101st Airborne, 502nd Parachute Infantry from June 6, 1944, and the D-Day invasion of Normandy through June 13, 1944. The in-game footage will supplement firsthand accounts, commentary from historians, photos, and archival footage, all presented by host Ron Livingston (Office Space, Band of Brothers).

Brothers in Arms will premiere on The History Channel on Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

This is not the first time The History Channel has used a game to get its point across to an audience. Eschewing the crude maps and fake footage employed for most military re-creations on television, 2004's Decisive Battles used the Rome: Total War engine to generate entire armies from the Greek and Roman empires. The armies were pitted against one another in scripted battles that depicted nuanced tactics for the audience.

Discussion

36 comments
net198
net198

This game gonna be a legend

electro_14
electro_14

actually brothers in arms is a game about world war 2 but band of brothers is series of episodes about a company fightnig in world war 2 but i like brothers in arms better.

conkersbat
conkersbat

Cool. They should have a special on the history of gangsters with San Andreas. :P

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Pretty sweet! The History Channel rocks and thier use of modern technology shows that they are in the loop! Rock on!

smokey_77
smokey_77

puppy0 ever heard of VCR or HDD recorder it sounds good to watch

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Awesome! Now those who find history boring have nomore excuses right!?

Yu_Poozuki
Yu_Poozuki

Decisive Battles was great, I can't wait for Brothers in Arms.

Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

Nothing can be better than Band of Brothers. NOTHING!!!!

ArmoredAshes
ArmoredAshes

And they try and say that video gamesarent educational...stupid politicians...maybe this will also help sway whats going on with the whole bill liberman and clinton are trying to pass

Cyber-Head
Cyber-Head

to gmoney! dont forget god bless all the other countries who help'd.

Rigon
Rigon

"Brothers in Arms" is a seperate special presentation altogether, wholly different from "Band of Brothers" (which is a 10-episode series from HBO, which I've seen all of, and which is hardcore.) Oh, and Puppy0, you're a douche-bag. That is all.

BigC43
BigC43

Brothers In Arms looks like a great game and the fact that it is used on the History Channel would make my parents more likely to let e get it!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Very good, great work by the History Channel and Ubi. Gonna check that out.

amogley
amogley

I think it will be interesting to compare the real-life history and the virtual history presented in BIA. I really enjoyed BIA and I thought it was very underrated. Good to see it getting some recognition outside the gaming world too.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

It'll pretty much be like Band of Brothers, but a little better.

macmaster1
macmaster1

This is good news,people are finding new ways to use video games. Using games to educate people about our history is an excellent idea and i hope to see more of it.

NeleNel
NeleNel

Err... Isn't the special called Brothers in Arms? It definately says it's called Band of Brothers. And i'm pretty sure HBO took care of that already.

dinodude64
dinodude64

cant wait to c this i dont know if you guys ahve seem decisive battles but the history channle used the game engine perfectly to depict the battles and after watching a couple episodes i went out and ended up buying the game which turned out to be better than the show

CheatRZ
CheatRZ

That was just announced today? The info that the Brothers in Arms story would be on the History Channel was on the back of the BIA: EIB case since it's release =P

DHeesch
DHeesch

Sounds great to me. I'm a history major so the History Channel is always on my weekend line up. To things that I love joining together equals a must see for me.

skakidinabox
skakidinabox

Basically, for whoever was bashing the history channel, I can pretty much bet you haven't watched the majority of their shows, which are quite enthralling. Today I watched 3 hours of "Shootouts!" a show I've never even heard of before, which was extremely interesting, citing various shootouts and conflicts between uniformed men, whether it's soldiers, police officers, or S.W.A.T., it was quite intriguing.

Dawg605
Dawg605

"Band of Brothers will premiere on The History Channel on Sunday, December 18 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. " Should say Brothers in Arms, shouldn't it?

cusoker
cusoker

Sweet. Its so cool to see gaming and tv hook up in such a unique fashion. I like watching the HC and playing WWII games. Its a wonder tho that those crazy senators (who shall remain nameless ;-)) arent screaming at the top of their lungs to remove the game from the show since it is a "M" rated game.

assassinX01
assassinX01

certainly a good way for the art to be intergrated into other medias.

gmoney983
gmoney983

It's nice when two mediums can combine to make something special. I think it's great because it gets gamers involved in the history behind the games they play. To show them that the fight for our freedom was real and fought by brave men and not all done by the push of a button. True heroes that don't get enough recognition for their valor in our countries darkest hours. Because without them we'd all be speaking German right now. God Bless those Brothers In Arms and may God Bless America!

9202491
9202491

Man, the History Channel sure knows where it's at.

death5ter
death5ter

Great thanks to Gearbox and the History Channel. They widely informed the user (gamer) about the game, not by just fictional battles but true and authentic battles that happen during ww2. Recommended to all fans of WW2 History, specifically the 101st Airborne. I'll watch it. : )

TommyD100
TommyD100

Brothers in Arms is probably the most acccurate WWII game that is out there. CoD can't even compare. The unlockables found in BiA can tell you that.

Puppy0
Puppy0

YEAH! I can't wait to watch the history channel either! Oh wait, maybe I will be Doing something on Sunday night. Yeah, having a life really makes you miss out on some things. Too bad.

jerico6
jerico6

Can't wait for it. Sounds AWESOME!

Pickles16
Pickles16

wow this will be great advertisement for BIA, and it would be pretty cool to see this on the history channel like they did with Rome: total war, it would of prolly b better tho if they used Call of Duty 2 tho for it