Silent Hunter 4 resurfaces

After over a year of silent running, Ubisoft's WWII submarine sim gets a release date; first trailer inside.

In March 2005, a release schedule in a financial report first revealed that Ubisoft was working on a fourth entry in the Silent Hunter series. However, that's about all the report revealed, other than the game's tentative release date--the January-March quarter of 2006.

With that three-month period now over three months in the past, Silent Hunter 4 has finally emerged from silent running. Subtitled Wolves of the Pacific, the game will now ship in spring 2007 for the PC. It is currently in development at Ubisoft's Romanian studio, which developed Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII.

Like Angels, Silent Hunter 4 is set during the 20th Century's pivotal conflict, World War II. It puts players on the con of a US Navy submarine tasked with disrupting Japanese shipping lanes with an arsenal of torpedoes. Unfortunately, guarding said shipping lanes is the Japanese Imperial Navy, whose ships are desperately trying to sink every American craft in sight.

For a full rundown on the new gameplay features found in Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific, set a course for GameSpot's brand-new preview of the game.

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muscrat_01
muscrat_01

Hey Decebal, okay I didnt know that THe dudes who made Blazing Angels, actually made Silent Hunter 3, which is a bloody awesome game. If you have played BA, you would know that the accents in the game are really, really, really RACIST. Did you really think my post was serious, and how the hell does my post make me racist??? Hmmm?

_Sam_
_Sam_

the trailer looks ok

decebal
decebal

"muscrat_01 Oh wait.... No U-Boats............. ONLY AMERICAN SUBS, JESUS NOOO!!! AND ITS FROM THE PEOPLE WHO MADE BLAZING ANGELS!!! OH NOES!!!! Expect totally tubular extreme arcade Sub action, with bonus racist accents! Its RAD TO THE MAXXX!!!!" The people that made Blazing Angels are the people that made Silent Hunter 3. And they've done an amazing job on it, since that one is the best submarine simulator to date. Unfortunately, it is not their decision to make only american subs. That is Ubisoft request. And if anybody is racist... that would be yourself.

muscrat_01
muscrat_01

Oh wait.... No U-Boats............. ONLY AMERICAN SUBS, JESUS NOOO!!! AND ITS FROM THE PEOPLE WHO MADE BLAZING ANGELS!!! OH NOES!!!! Expect totally tubular extreme arcade Sub action, with bonus racist accents! Its RAD TO THE MAXXX!!!!

muscrat_01
muscrat_01

Woot! Silent Hunter rocks!! Keep the series alive people!!!

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

I bought SH3, but then realized that it included Star Force, so I shelved it. Anyone know if they patched it to remove SF?

SouthpawSamurai
SouthpawSamurai

Granted, I'm an old school sim fan (GATO and Silent Service were what introduced me to how much fun it can be to make things explode without the benefit of full visuals), but it does make me sad to know that people considered Silent Hunter 3 too 'complicated' or too 'simulation'. Granted, with full realism settings on you had to do a lot of quick math, but with the easier, automated settings one almost could just aim and shoot. It's a shame today's gamers need more simplicity than that. Hopefully the Silent Hunter series won't cater to the lowest common denominator without at least remembering its sim roots. I can easily understand where some people would have little interest, though. Naval warfare is plodding in general and sub warfare, where it's often more about math and angles than fast paced action, is an extreme example. Making it in the Pacific is a further gamble as subs were used less frequently for full scale hunting compared to the Atlantic and the wider playing field means slimmer pickings. Have my hopes up.

Brandmon
Brandmon

No more U-Boats? O dear But hope it will be better...

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

SH3 was a good game but not too great. Hopefully they decrease the simulation and add other elements.

Asuka_2
Asuka_2

Not the German U-Boat anymore? How sad.. Hope this version includes screen resolution change function in the video option.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I played the 3rd game and love it.Hope this will be better

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

great game for waht it is, but not too much appeal in general for the audience.

azizrulez
azizrulez

im really surprised to see not many people are actually eager about this game silenthunter 3 was really good

Destroyeron13
Destroyeron13

I tried to play the third one, too complicated for me, but very well done.

Trigun1
Trigun1

could be interesting.

-BC-Soldier91
-BC-Soldier91

1st comment! I was founder of the Silent Hunter Union, I can't wait for the next in the series!