Spec Ops: The Line dev making next-gen game

Yager signs licensing deal with Epic for AAA title powered by Unreal Engine 4 that may include microtransactions, cross-platform play.

Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager has signed a deal with Epic Games to license the Unreal Engine 4 to power a AAA next-generation title. The Berlin, Germany-based Yager is the first European independent studio to license the technology.

Yager's mystery project will be unveiled in the coming months. No further information about the game, or the terms of the deal, were specified.

Though Yager has not divulged its new project yet, job listings at the studio hint that the game may feature microtransactions and cross-platform play. A desirable candidate for a "monetization designer" will have "in-depth knowledge of cross-platform games and microtransaction based business models."

In addition, this person will "seek out and incorporate feedback from the team, QA, and playtesters throughout the production in order to maximize monetization whilst minimizing negative impact on game experience."

Additional job listings seek developers with experience on real-time strategy and role-playing games, as well as first-person action titles.

For more on Yager's latest body of work, check out GameSpot's review of Spec Ops: The Line.

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IMPACT_17
IMPACT_17

Spec Ops: The Line was one of the most compelling games I've ever played, but I can't help but feel that Yager will turn out to be a one-trick pony. I can't see them topping the emotional gutpunch that was The Line's narrative.

quakke
quakke

Whatever you gonna make next, make it without regenerating health. Spec Ops The Line was good but without regen health it would have been better.

fillup0
fillup0

Microtransactions? I really hope their focus is still on a compelling narrative and mechanic/gameplay metaphors, because that was the strength of Spec Ops: The Line.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

this is a good news, i love Spec Ops: The Line and it deserve at least a nomination for best third person shooter in 2012 in my opinion. As long as Yager could pull out something as story-oriented as The Line, i would be happy to get it.

sanu0007
sanu0007

I love this game...Though The game is comes from a small company, Only few guys knows about ..................The game was an asskicker........! 

Evenphilip7
Evenphilip7

After finishing Spec Ops: The Line, I have complete faith in whatever this company decides to release.

If you don't, spend the 6 hours it takes to beat Spec Ops: The Line, and then comment.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Downloaded Spec Ops: The Line last night since it's free for PSN Plus subscribers. I've heard good things about it, so I'm looking forward to playing it. I wonder what genre Yager's next game will be.

vivalatour
vivalatour

as far as I am concerned especially because I am a 3rd person gameaholic , keep the games like "spec-ops" coming , the first one was very good , well at least to me it was !

Sandro7
Sandro7

cross-platform gaming? unless they are talking ps4 to PC or xbox720 to PC i dont see it happening, i mean sony and M$ allowing something like cross-platform gaming? no way. It is bad to business

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

Im excited for this. Spec ops was amazing! it cracked my top 5 best storylines in gaming! and in a strange way captain walker looks exactly like me : /

CheeseRa
CheeseRa

the microtransactions in this game are like, symbolic, maaaaaaaaan

doi4in
doi4in

Looking forward to it, The Line was one of the best games of 2012.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

No thanks to any microtransactions. I got this for cheap on Steam sale, and while the story was definitely interesting, the actual gameplay wasn't all that great (and I don't buy that it was intentionally mediocre). We'll see what they do, but if there really are microtransactions infesting it then I'll pass on this.

obsequies
obsequies

I got this game for free with pS+ and it sucks..especially the online

theend3r
theend3r

AODRM = no buy, no AODRM = Cheatengine. A simple rule to never have to deal with microtransactions.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

Here's hoping it's a twisted, subversive take on free-to-play games.

DSeer49
DSeer49

so simple dont support any Microtransactions games like me

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Micro-transactions - the person with the fattest wallet will get most out of the game. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Frankly the unreal engine needs to die just like DLC and microtransactions need to die or be restructured. Tired of Unreal.

Ledah
Ledah

Spec Ops: The Line was for me at least one of the best games this generation. I hope Yager doesn't get carried too much by microtransactions, they will probably try to do something more safe like an everyday shooter instead of trying something different because Spec Ops didn't sold well. I hope I'm wrong I'd love to see more complex stories like that, perfectly crafted to be effective only in a video game.

aloufika
aloufika

i would love for some of these greedy pigs organisations to just fail 

plasticreality
plasticreality

After making such an important game (Spec Ops) they decided to go the microtransaction route?  Let's just hope the rumors aren't true.

LonerCat
LonerCat

Microtransactions...that word should be wiped out of any future feature list. Of any game. Ever.

MikeFeeney431
MikeFeeney431

Can every developer kindly FUCK OFF with micro transactions.

Remember when you used to buy a game and the next bit of content for it was either a mod or the next game in the series?

josh7845
josh7845

Yager, you've earned a lot of goodwill out of me for the terrific Video Game drama that is Spec Ops: The Line. You can monetise the shit out of this next one as much as you please, BUT, and this is a big but, do not let that dampen the customer experience. Otherwise you will be following the same business practices as EA and it'll be a slippery slope from their. Also don't let Epic touch that game for a second. This has to be your work, and your work alone. Don't let them ruin you like they did with People Can Fly.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

@IMPACT_17 Let's hope not, I enjoyed Spec-Ops: The Line, it was one of my favorites of 2012. 

danta
danta

@Evenphilip7 yeah it was surprisingly a good game, love the story. The graphic is ehh okay.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

@SavoyPrime funny I just did the same thing last night and found I couldn't put it down. Good game so far.

vault-boy
vault-boy

@OJ_the_LION Just throwing it out there, if you don't think that it was suppsosed to be fun you have completely missed the point of the game.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@obsequies yes it sucks, devs called the tacked-on MP practice bullshit, since it's get customers like you, who just want a good time instead of a game that makes them think. Can't blame you for that.

vault-boy
vault-boy

@obsequies Its pretty obvious that you missed the entire point if your there just for the gunplay. There entire thing is two things, 1 a criticism of modern war games and their claims of being realistic when really they are pathetic as a representation of what it actually means to fight a war and 2 a study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It isn't fun, it isn't meant to be fun. But it is engaging as all hell.


Also, the online was developed by a studio separate from Yager and it was because 2K believed that without online a game won't sell. It even suggests that you play campaign before the online and I'm sure if 2K would have allowed them they would have suggested that played skip it completely. 

fillup0
fillup0

@Grenadeh Why the fuck does the unreal engine need to die? It allows game devs to make high quality games extremely easy, is that a bad thing?

fillup0
fillup0

@josh7845 UNREAL ENGINE IS A MIDDLEWARE THAT ANYBODY CAN BUY AND USE AND DOESN'T MEAN EPIC HAS A FUCKING HAND IN THE GAME OTHER THAN PROVIDING THE TOOLS


Nobody seems to understand what a game engine is, and it doesn't decide what the game is like in the slightest. Not to mention Spec Ops: The Line ran on UE3 anyway. Sorry for the caps but it is an issue that annoys me.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

@vault-boy @OJ_the_LION Yay, condescending comment number 10,000 about this game by someone who "gets it" over someone who they think doesn't. The game's point was interesting, it just wasn't the best game I've played, and intentional or not, that's not a good thing. Call it a statement if you like, at the end of the day people still paid for a full entertaining experience and that's what they should get.

obsequies
obsequies

@vault-boy oh so sad someone put down your precious game.."thats my stuff you're talking about" maybe it had nothing to do with the incredibly complex and interesting story but rather the gameplay

d715
d715

@vault-boy @PeterDuck 

Ok first of all


1 TF2 is free to play you don't need to pay for anything if you don't want it

2 Yager's game isn't, its going to be 60 bucks 

3 Guess someone didn't play Dead Space 3 oh way no one did because of shit like this!


josh7845
josh7845

@fillup0 @josh7845 Oh fuck, sorry for pissing you guys off. I fucking misread it. I thought Epic were going to publish it.

d715
d715

@Evenphilip7 @OJ_the_LION @vault-boy 


The problem was Spec Ops wasn't that good

It came off more as some guy who's bitching about all the CoD clones in the market while ironically being a Cod Clone with a "trying to hard" 


And no the reason why it was 10 bucks a week it came out was it sold like shit. again ironically because it was trying to be a CoD clone (able it was going to do a "pull you form under your rug" that you saw a mile way) not helped by the devs talking about how "turning it off" was a gameplay feature and going on about how you shouldn't play.


Not helped even more by fans like Vault-Boy who attack anyone who doesn't think its the greatest true art ever.

Evenphilip7
Evenphilip7

@OJ_the_LION @vault-boy  

Not every game can have 1000% amazing everything.... I didn't think Spec Ops gameplay was great, but it was good enough to move the story along, which was where the game's true focus and brilliance was. As an individual who has had members of his extended family come back from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I appreciate that the game was more concerned with telling a good story then amazing your cheap ass with the world's most amazing game that you wouldn't shell out more than $5 or $10 for.

 If you bought the games for $5 or $10 during a steam sale, you should appreciate it for what it is, and stop expecting it to be perfect. Perfection can be expected from a game you pay $60 for. It cannot be expected from a game you pay $10 for. That's why it's $10 only a few months after it came out.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Right back at you if most of the consumers have those "MP or no buy" standards.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@d715 @vault-boy your points are strong but Spec Ops did a hit because it was so different from the cliche that lays critics on, AKA every warfare shooter that glorifies war with 'MURICA FUCK YEA' cheap message. This is entertainment media, and it's undeniable we had so much on this specific genre that some gamers wanted and could appreciatte something different. If this game came before CoD MW 2, I also be calling it pretentious in story and shitty in gameplay department. But I got past every mainstream shooter because I love(d) the genre so... well, you can see me trying to defend the game while trying to not attack your opinion.

d715
d715

@vault-boy @obsequies


Spoken like a true dumbass to got tricked into thinking this game has any depth.  When someone doesn't doesn't kiss this game's ass and halt it the greatest thing ever you attack them for DARE having a different oponion

Spec Ops was a terrible game the point of a game IS the gameplay, yes story is important but most of the time you have to pull in more efforted than ripping off Heart of Darkness

1 Who cares if modern games arn't realistic, the guys fighting the real wars don't since many enjoy CoD as a way to ease the stress of fighting a real war.  They were never meant to BE real. They're meant to be entertainment.  Most CoD games seem to aim for dumb action movies.  You don't watch Commando to see a "real and gritty" war film.  Spec Ops comes off more as that guy who nit picks about how Arnold never gets shot. 

I agree the "shock" parts in CoD like No Russain is terrible and stupid.  But Spec Ops handles them wrong its unsubtle as all hell and just comes off as some asshole yelling at you for wasting 60 bucks for buying is crap and acting like there's no diffence between killing an program in a game and killing a person in real life.  


2 Yes I agree that part about the game is but its meh as well.



vault-boy
vault-boy

@obsequies @vault-boy Honestly, I couldn't even give anything resembling a fuck about your opinion, and not just cause its a bad one but because I don't care about you or anyone else on this site. I'm just throwing out there you missed the point.