Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising dropping in October

Codemasters’ much-delayed squad-based shooter sees worldwide release confirmed for this autumn.

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Gamers who have been looking forward to Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis, have had to endure a very long wait. Originally announced back in 2003, the title was subject to delays following Ubisoft takeover rumours and was then pushed back to spring 2006. The game surfaced again at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, with the hopes of a release date for later this year.

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Codemasters has now revealed that the game will be hitting shelves on October 6 in the US; on October 8 in mainland Europe, Pacific Asia, and Canada; and finally on October 9 in the UK. The game will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

The game takes a realistic approach to shooters and lets players take command of a marine, a helicopter pilot, a special forces member, and a tank commander battling against the Chinese military. There will also be a variety of vehicles and equipment for players to use alongside their squad.

The game will also feature a full-on story mode complete with "a believable and dramatic storyline." There will also be a variety of online modes, and a co-op mode that's available online and offline. Codemasters has released a new Armoury trailer to accompany the announcement, which can be viewed below. Also, be sure to check out GameSpot's latest hands-on for more on the game.

Discussion

53 comments
domij
domij

Codemasters says there is no splitscreen so by offline co op im guessing they mean system link right? or did gamespot mess up?

DooM_MerchanT
DooM_MerchanT

It's like a hardcore and so, more tactical battlefield. Nothing wrong with that. Approach the objective anyway you want but it won't be forgiving for a bad decision.

herra889
herra889

Forhekset how do you what kind of game this is or even is the game good. You can't have played yet so you might want to wait until it comes out. By the way ARMA 2 is not so good you is it because it isn't a realistic what comes to teamwork there have non! Served 1 year in the army so I should know.

boyd803
boyd803

finally they reveal the damn date

eggmcmuff
eggmcmuff

Hmmm... How are you so sure, Mr. forhekset? I have my reservations with Bohemia out of the picture, but it does carry the name and should deserve it's day in court. At any rate, negative-nellies be darned, I think it'll be just fine.

forhekset
forhekset

Although ARMA2 is almost identical to the original OFP in almost every way besides cosmetic changes, and is still the buggy piece of crap it was back then, I still love it. Yes, I love ARMA2. Can't beat sandbox editor quasi simulation fun. This game will be nothing like the original, and nothing like ARMA. It's annoying that it even warrents a comparison because it has the same name, since it will be completely different. And since they're not trying to make the same sort of game, I just don't care. Another modern shooter. Woopee.

oowea
oowea

i would like to reserve judgement on what the outcome will be of this opflash sequel, but i have a pretty good idea of how it will turn out. it's apparent that the opflash community followed bohemia interactive with their developments of arma and arma2. from what i've seen so far, there is nothing to suggest that this will be more appealing than arma2. the visuals and flow of the game seem to be way off from what would be ideal in an opflash sequel. whether it's great or not, i'm most likely going to buy it anyway.

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

Yeh well I agree with jeffkjtj I think funko is wrong. I don't care how many people give me thumbs down this is going to be brilliant. Arma 2 isn't anywhere near as good looking, and doesn't have any redeeming features.

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

can't wait for it to come out

jeffljtj
jeffljtj

funko are you serious? arma 2 is god-awful and runs like garbage. have you even played the original OFP1??? it is too legit to quit. even comparing those two games is heresy, nerd-burglar.

funko88
funko88

If you want the real ofp sequel get ARMA 2. OFP2 is just gonna be a battlefield knockoff. Lame

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

It's been so long since OFP1... Let's hope all those years haven't gone to waste, and they haven't buggered up a potentially good sequel, eh? Just try not to focus on making the game popular, Codemasters... Focus on making a good sequel, and don't base yourselves around popularity.

GreenBeanHH
GreenBeanHH

anyone else think the sound is off on this video? almost seems like they mixed the sound from a different video to this footage.

Coldkilla9
Coldkilla9

I need more gameplay footage. It looks like QUAKE with the name "OFP" slapped to it. The team that made this game NEVER made an FPS in their lives, and this is a fact. The grass doesn't even show up 10 feet from the player. You can't fly a plane, so no laser designator fun like you could in the real OFP. ARMAII's multiplayer (only) has been amazing since its release. If "OFP2: DR" can pull it off, fine - but I'm having my extreme doubts - they are making this game to appeal to the mainsteam audience - and the mainsteam audience plays Call of Duty, Counter Strike, and Team Fortress... We'll see... OFP2: DR better have add-on's too, an add-on community. That's what made OFP...OFP. Thats how the game survived, thats how the community came together and became so strong. The community became strong through a developer who stayed in close contact with their fans in their forums and even provided add-ons of their own.

david_joseph93
david_joseph93

Waiting for this game since I played Operation Flashpoint.

xbriggs
xbriggs

this looks good i love co-op games

Swiftstrike5
Swiftstrike5

I haven't been impressed with the previous codemasters games I've bought. Maybe this one will change my opinion.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

yea, the blur effects and recoil on the iron sight view looked very realistic, and the lighting effects, explosions and draw distance look absolutely amazing. I'm still wondering how much of what they are showing is actual IN GAME footage, and not just cinemas using the game engine. Or if what is show in this trailer is Pc or console. They're been sketchy about showing actual gameplay for this game. Time to let us see it actually being played.

MackB835
MackB835

Should be good, but like with previous flashpoints im gonna wait for the first couple of patches.

2er0
2er0

Looks like ARMA II... ^.^

darklight4
darklight4

was skeptical at first not any more looks good

sun_rider95
sun_rider95

wonder if codemasters will do it this time?

ErebusGamer
ErebusGamer

This looks great. The prospect sort of reminds me of STALKER. I remember seeing this in a magazine from 2007 and it saying it was coming out late 2008 :P.

knoetgen
knoetgen

Im without a doubt going to buy this game, maybe instead of MW2 but thats probably because I was a Marine for 5 years and my job was working on Huey and Cobra helicopters so this game strikes all the right cords for me. Plus I'm ready for something new instead of the generic FPS.

Halcalix
Halcalix

Please don't postpone this release date. Its happened to every game I was interested in this year:(

KC_Hokie
KC_Hokie

Looks awesome...hope it is!

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Hopefully this one actually sticks

kkee
kkee

Finally, a confirmed release date!

ArticRecon
ArticRecon

Thankfully finally coming... The first is an old fav... As long as the original formula isn't overly distorted, should be good...

pidow
pidow

More is needed for me to see...than I will decide.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

Wouldn't it be more fun to sign peace accords? sigh...line up...one grenade apiece

Gooeykat
Gooeykat

I gotta admit this looks really good, probably less of a simulator than ArmA 2, which could be a good thing :P.

Adziboy
Adziboy

Also, when are we getting a straight-up gameplay vid, or is their already one? I'd rather just watch 20 minutes of a non-developer gamer (someone who's a good player, though) play it, without any special effects, cut-outs or commentary (maybe a bit). It seems that all we're getting is heavily edited videos which kind of makes me think that they don't WANT us to see it.

Adziboy
Adziboy

As much as I want to love this, I'm waiting for what the overall consensus of it is after release. Maybe get it a few weeks after. I have a feeling that this is either going to be amazing, or it's going to suck massively, but only time can tell. I loved Bad Company for it's sound effects and feeling of being in a squad - if this has that sort of feeling I'm in there... I love the fact your moving in as one unit, working together, rather going Rambo in the Call of Duty series. Not to say the COD series is bad, it's actually very fun, but I prefer the game tilting towards the realisitic/simulator game type. Can't wait to see all the available weapons and some more details about the actual gameplay.

airguitargiles
airguitargiles

I'm loving Arma II, i'll probs buy this for my 360 though to play with mates.

Hoops0123
Hoops0123

Coop. are up you for real. God im going to love this game..

psn8214
psn8214

ARMA 2 is superior imo, but I still might grab this to play with my PSN friends.

chrisg88wb
chrisg88wb

It looks like the battle is taking place in a marijuwana field.

gamescottsman
gamescottsman

Ummm that's miles away...sigh, ARMA2 it is then

tonyhawksP8
tonyhawksP8

CoD fanboys need to gwt over themselves this game will be awesome been watching it since it was annoucned I like tactical FPS's.

eggmcmuff
eggmcmuff

See you all October 6. Shoot to kill, fellas. Shoot to kill. And Gonefishing95. The intensity is in the AI. It's smarter than you think. Trust me.

Duckyindiana
Duckyindiana

Looks great can not wait to get me hands on it have been playing ArmA 2 at the mo.