Soldier of Fortune reenlisting

Activision Value preps return outing for dormant first-person shooter series; retailers expect game to hit next-gen systems in November.

The biggest name in monthly mercenary-minded magazines, Soldier of Fortune, is set to make a return to the world of games. A representative with Activision today confirmed for GameSpot that a new installment of the game is being developed in Minnesota by the publisher's Activision Value label.

Confirmed details are scant, but the online store of retailer GameStop is expecting a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC release of Soldier of Fortune: Pay Back this November, with the PC edition fetching $39.99 and the console editions going for $59.99. CDuniverse is also taking preorders for the generically titled Soldier of Fortune on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

The Soldier of Fortune brand last left its mark on gaming with Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix for the Xbox in 2003. It began as a PC franchise in 2000, but versions of the game found their way to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and Macintosh.

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c4bloy
c4bloy

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Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

I think I still have the original game. Loaded it and tried to play through it several times. I never could finish it. It was so...boring. Awesome graphics but standard gameplay. Hopefully they look at how much shooters have evolved and do more than just make another arcade shooter. The face that it's being made by Activision Value doesn't instill much confidence.

breezerboy
breezerboy

i saw the trailer .. it's very disappointing ...all the things that made the SoF series so nice have been removed ,so it seems .. no arms or legs getting shot off .. just some random blood when you hit them

abbass
abbass

Raven Software did Great Job with developing SOF1 & SOF2 but I Don't know why Activision Value are developer for this game ? beacause I didn't see great or normal title that developed by Activision value at any time !

darkscorcher
darkscorcher

i wonder if they are going to make it with as much blood and gore as the first one

cbolaes
cbolaes

I've been waiting for Pitfall 3d personally.

GodsBusy
GodsBusy

One of my favorite franchises, ruined.

nazraq
nazraq

i hope its bloody gory. i love the first two. i bet it'll suck

eobrien_usa
eobrien_usa

Why no preview pictures or video yet?? It's due out in 3 months and no previews?? I think they are trying hide the abortion job so they don't lose preorder sales. SOF2 = Best Multi Player FPS of it's time. SOF3 - Will probably win the infamous award, Worst Sequel of 2007 from Gamespot.com :(

sofakingcool
sofakingcool

they will screw it up but realy as long as there is ridiculous violence who cares. I mean I realy enjoyed sof 1 and 2 but common they were pretty bad looking back.

smithy1185
smithy1185

Dang, I've been waiting for a new SOF for a long time and I hope Activision Value doesn't screw it up.

Vod_Crack
Vod_Crack

Despite the whole Raven Software dropping the series and Activison Value taking over, I will still get the game regardless. I loved the first two games so much and come on, we have been waiting for so long for another SoF game

MFazio23
MFazio23

You go from a brilliant developer like RavenSoft, and give the game to Activision Value?!!! I was so excited until I saw that. I mean, it sounds bad enough, and then IGN reminded me that it's actually much worse: "[Activision] Value is the publisher's budget title development studio, responsible for games like Pimp My Ride, Barbie, and Cabela's African Safari."

AngryAndy
AngryAndy

Activision Value???? I dunno.... Just let Volition make the SoF game and put Geo-Mod III to work for human characters. BLAH!! EXPLOSION FACE ERRRR CARNAGE pwNT!!!

Nene33
Nene33

YES, SoF is comming back, I loved the first SoF, I sure hope they can match the quality of the first one.

WarGrad
WarGrad

Not so fast everybody, Activision Value is involved. When was the last time they made a decent game?

kappareign
kappareign

awesome. i own the first 2 games for PC and i had always wondered why this series died out... they are good games

SouLOneR
SouLOneR

yes yes yes. amazing news. great!

BonelessBone
BonelessBone

HOLY SHEEEEE-ET! OH MAH GAD AM I DREAMING?! Do you know...how long...i've been waiting for this moment... LONG LIVE SOLDIER OF FORTUNE! WHOOOO!! Caulderon (the developer) bettuh not fawk things up man...I can imagine what the weapons would look like now...the GRAPHICS OMG JEEZUS HOLD ME. O_O

iMacBot
iMacBot

OH YEAH! The first two were just so amazing! John Mullins owns! We're finally going to get a chance to see the new GHOUL Engine in action, spraying blood on walls and blowing intestines out of terrorists with shotguns! Can't wait!

jimdog16
jimdog16

Oh my goodness!!! FInaly another SOF game = D

kragore
kragore

SOF is a great game franchise, cant wait till the next one! hopefully by then i'll have a ps3...:P as buying a new pc is simply not worth it imo

l3gionPT
l3gionPT

SOF rocks. It's one of my favorite games. Hope they don't change too much the game. Because the last one is great.

nurse_tsunami
nurse_tsunami

I liked this series for its realistic graphic damage models. Shoot someone in a limb and it would be blown off. In the stomach and guts would be exposed. Not kid friendly, but as an adult I like more realism in shooters and damage models beyond generic blood splatters.

njjennjim
njjennjim

Awesome! SoF2 was one of my favorite XBOX games! Can't wait for this one!

shiftysim
shiftysim

I hope they still have the limbs blowing mechanic. That was brutal and hilarious at the same time. I'd think it would be funny if they put this in multi play, and you could still be able to live. Someone could blow off your arm or leg and you could still some how live. (with reduced aim and walking speed of course). But that would be hilarious.

auntbessie
auntbessie

Man I loved soldier of fortune on the pc way back when, I loved blowing limbs off for no reason, this can only be a good thing, it should be given a major overhaul though, it could very easily look tired if they don't.

TheoryOne
TheoryOne

Well Activision Value or not, I'm still going to give this game a shot. Hopefully they won't attempt to rebuild it from the ground up and just modify the OLD SoF2 engine for this game. I know that engine is old as heck, but Id rather it be that one then a new built by Activision Value. At any rate, my Team is very excited to hear this game is coming out. Many of us just started playing SoF2 again, so this is great news. Watch out, Team NBT, Nothing But Trouble is back!

alberto2045
alberto2045

awsome!!!!! SoF what a game! I cant wait ill buy it for PS3 and PC maybe only PC but who knows

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Flat_Line_____ My WIFE was just playing SOF2 last night online lol. It still has a fanbase but the multiplay is filled with hackers..... Too bad cause I used to play it all the time untill about 2-3 years ago when it became a hackfest. You pretty much nailed it here. Hacking and modding is what destroyed SOF2 multiplayer. LITERALLY destroyed. I mean, I couldn't even connect to a damn server without downloading a load of modding **** from those damn modders themselves. I mean, I **** them out every time I saw them. They have no lives. All they do is cheat, ruin the game, and become automated robots that never sleep, always hacking and destroying the experience. I've had second thoughts about this game. Activision Value is what brought us trash like Shadow Force: Razor Unit in its many forms, as well as the Vietnam 1 and 2 games. Since they don't have the GHOUL tech like Raven does, and are literally a value based software company, they are going to be just like the hackers in SOF2 and ultimately destroy the third before it even begins. Thanks Activision, you just crushed my dreams.

Toasteddude
Toasteddude

Finally! Updated graphics for graphic violence! And it's on PC so it can't be banned by an AO rating.

z00lu00
z00lu00

Horrible... Why would they destroy one of the best franchises with Activision Value. Must be RavenSoft wanted too much, so forget the best character destruction models ever in this crapfest. And yes... This won't be worth $60 and PC gamers aren't stupid enough to pay that much. They would get it free before that happens.

maxxorz
maxxorz

excited excited excited excited excited excited excited excited!!!!

hovan316
hovan316

Hopefully they won't rush it....and make a crappy game out of it

darkcast
darkcast

so why does the console version cost more? O WAIT because they know console people will pay the $60 while pc people would no way in hell pay $60 for a pc game.

joe_calzone
joe_calzone

If it has to be a sh!tty budget game it is better for it to never surface from the dump where it belongs. Even SOF2 gave insight it was all rushed: awful optimization, random mission generator totally broken, etc...

NooOObie_
NooOObie_

Its about time they made a SOF3.. Because I have been playing SOF1 and now still play SOF2... Since they came out..

gdiza
gdiza

Looking forward to this... I enjoyed all the SOF's :)

cqdemal
cqdemal

WTF? Activision VALUE!? What were they thinking?

MatrixSpidey92
MatrixSpidey92

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

**** YES! AT LONG LAST MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED! THANK GOD!

Gunfan9x19
Gunfan9x19

They tuned the violence down with SOF2(and the console versions of the original, to a lesser extent). I hope they don't make the same mistake again. I'm getting it either way. Here's to that which is bloodier than Manhunt 2, let's hope the ESRB doesn't get pissed at Activision like have been at Take Two!

azizrulez
azizrulez

next gen only means limbs blow of better now, yay