Spec Ops: The Line dev teases next project

German developer Yager suggests next game won't be a shooter, says "maybe it's time to do something different."

Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager has teased that its next game will not be a shooter. Speaking with Edge, managing director Timo Ullmann said the developer hopes to avoid being billed as an outfit that only makes military shooters, so it is turning its attention to "something different."

"After five years of working on Spec Ops, maybe it's time to do something different so you don’t get trapped in that box where we're just making military shooters," Ullmann said. “We still have to be commercial--we learned that the hard way--but by being independent we can live creatively and never be labelled or framed as being about a certain thing."

Ullmann pointed to games like Dishonored and Dragon's Dogma as those that prove consumers are interested in new ideas. On top of this, he said due to the rise of emerging platforms and business models, the time is right to launch a new franchise.

"We've never had more platforms and more business models, so it's a good time for new IP," Ullmann said. "After a seven-year console lifecycle, people are longing for something new--gamers and publishers, actually--and that suits us fine."

Last month, Yager 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.

This new game will be unveiled in the coming months, but 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.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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76 comments
lossoth_
lossoth_

Please Keep Third Person shooter and with more and better features 

wgerardi
wgerardi

Spec Ops was my favorite game last year. Will never forget my first play through, watching the game unfold and turn on itself was mind blowing. One of the finest and most introspective gaming experiences I've ever had.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Spec Ops: The Line Kart Racing -- w00t!

vivalatour
vivalatour

I thought The Line is a very good game and hope whatever these guys decide they'll stick with 3rd person and NOT go off the wall like SRTT did and a few others that destroyed my faith in them ! keep up the beauty of it all !

bumblebug
bumblebug

How ironic that the one company that knows how to make great military shooters is going to stop making shooters.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Still need to purchase Spec Ops..  Only ever heard good things about the game and considering Nolan North was on board gives me even more reason to want to buy it.

Fair play for trying something new Yager, certainly not enough of you folks around.. Micro-transactions however are not cool, would rather they didn't go there.

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

I'v never played Spec Ops and with how people talk of it I think maybe I should.

apolloooo
apolloooo

specs ops the line was a brilliant and unique experience and i give them a credit for trying something different.

Errorcutive
Errorcutive

Hmm somehow i like what he is saying about dishonored and dragon dogma, looks like nowadays we need less military shooter and more action fantasy game that doesnt related to the real world at all,cause the real world been milked to dead lol

Sideshow_me
Sideshow_me

Another F2P game coming right up.. *sigh*

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

Can't wait to see what they're doing next, Spec Ops The Line has the best video game story iv'e ever experienced in gaming

FroMcJoe
FroMcJoe

Spec Ops: the Line had the best story line of and direction of any game I have ever played. I'd be happy to see what else a studio as literate as Yager could do. Something in the vain of the most recent Dues Ex (setting wise, not necessarily anything else) would be pretty cool

santinegrete
santinegrete

You already did something different Yager. You are under my radar as a respected developer.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Well hopefully they make a good game this time round. Not an average shooter whose narrative makes the Devs look like self-righteous assholes lecturing me about the morals of shooters.

max-hit
max-hit

Another bad and short game that will only last for about 4 hours? I'll pass.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

If Yager gonna make a game like Dishonored or Deus Ex with the same quality story like Spec Ops: The Line, powered by Unreal Engine 4, i will be happy to get it!

DomZeal
DomZeal

They should make the next Gears of War or Ghost Recon.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Pointed to Dishonoured to prove gamers are interested in new ideas ?? Because Theif and Deus Ex never existed right ?

Evilnator
Evilnator

As of late anything to do with online play seems really fishy to me.
But regardless, Spec-Ops: The Line unexpectedly ended up being amoung my favorite games of all time, It was really, really well written.

Still, I owe it to these guys to at least follow this project.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Though the gameplay of Spec Ops didn't bring anything new to the table, the narrative was damn good. So I'm interested in seeing what they come up with for their next project.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Spec Ops wasn't amazing, but it was functional, and it did bring a little something unique into the market. I'll quietly look forward to whatever's next from Yager.

commando1992
commando1992

As long as they stick with the same great story as they did in Spec Ops, I'd probably buy whatever they  put out. 

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

Yager was rumored to be working with Deep Silver on Dead Island 2, which could be a very interesting collaboration. 

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

Never played spec ops, I've heard the stories that the game is something special but after playing the demo, I just can't buy it given the terrible combat 

brxricano
brxricano

@EL_Bomberdor Ok, you have yay-sayers and nay sayers. The best adventure is you find out for yourself. Its just a game, not a possibly poisonous mushroom. Watch a walkthrough on youtube and get a feel for it.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Go there for story, play it on hard and it can last 8 hours. But for the sake of the story, being stuck in the same shotouts isn't good for pacing. Your choice. :D

brxricano
brxricano

@EL_Bomberdor I told myself the same thing and then played it. Its long, its fun, its functional (as in no stupid bugs or AI woes), and worth your time and jars of pennies. I-....I paid with jars of pennies :\.

crazycat690
crazycat690

@Prats1993 I'd say it was a pretty awesome mockery of all other military shooters that's around. Good game.

acelogan1989
acelogan1989

@sensei_hEnRY yep , same for me , spec ops the line's story are way better than most 3rd person shooter nowadays

IndianaPwns39
IndianaPwns39

@GetafixOz While Dishonored was clearly inspired by Thief, it plays differently enough to prove his point. We have constant retreads and rip offs that a few different gameplay mechanics and a new setting are enough to be a breath of fresh air these days.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@TheSkyrimStatue don't go to Spec Ops for gameplay, but for a different story altogheter. That game fucked my mind sideways. If you have a PC game get it in a Steamdeal, it's not a system hog.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@TheSkyrimStatue Maybe you just suck at it. The shooting mechanics were sharp and there was no problem with maneuverability. I don't know how you can say the combat was terrible. It wasn't unique but it functioned right.

sev2010
sev2010

@TheSkyrimStatue dude the game was awesome, make sure u play it, but dont buy it on ps3, it would ruin ur experience, its a shitty port

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@TheSkyrimStatue The gameplay, visuals and the story leading to it is crap. But...it really really gets interesting as you progress and the ending is well worth playing the game at least once.

Prats1993
Prats1993

@crazycat690 @Prats1993 The gameplay was average at best, and i wouldnt really call it a mockery of shooters, it was more about making you feel guilty about playing shooters despite the gameplay being based around killing people, which was just incredibly stupid. It was like wathcing Michael Haneke's Funny Games (1997) all over again.

wgerardi
wgerardi

@Prats1993 I love that you're relating this game to a Michael Haneke movie and then calling it stupid. You do know Haneke is internationally one of the most respected directors ever right? Pretty sure he just won an Oscar too...

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

@Prats1993 It wasn't about making YOU feel guilty. While it does try to make you question why you play shooters(mainly in loading screens) it also had a heavy focus on the effects PTSD that effects soldiers in battle.

hystavito
hystavito

@commando1992 @KinoDaKonqueror @TheSkyrimStatue  It's kind of disappointing though, because at one time the Spec Ops series was about gameplay.  It was one of the early pioneers of tactical shooters.  The Line could have just been named something else and still had a great story.

I just hate to see a series kinda killed off like that.