Spec Ops: The Line storming PC, PS3, 360

[UPDATE] 2K reveals rumored third-person reboot of tactical military shooter set in Dubai; F.E.A.R. alumni at German studio Yager developing; new trailer inside.

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Spec Ops will see US commandos fight terrorists in Dubai.

This year, the Thanksgiving holiday began with rumors that 2K Games' Boston studio was resurrecting the moribund shooter series Spec Ops. That rumor turned out to be only half true.

Tonight, following a teaser trailer at the VGAs, 2K Games launched the official Web site for Spec Ops: The Line. However, the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC reboot of the tactical shooter franchise is actually in development at German studio Yager, which employs alumni of both F.E.A.R. and the Splinter Cell series.

Cover will play a big role in the third-person shooter.

As indicated by a trailer leaked earlier this year, Spec Ops: The Line follows a group of commandos battling rocket-toting terrorists in the ruins of Dubai in the aftermath of a disastrous sandstorm. The teaser reveals the game as a third-person shooter with a heavy emphasis on cover, a la Gears of War. Judging by the trailer, though, players will find their cover circumvented by threats above and below as they explore the wreckage of Dubai's towering skyscrapers.

According to a description on the game's Web site, which also has the teaser trailer, Spec Ops: The Line will occupy a moral gray area. According to the official description, its story "challenges players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human lives must be made."

The game will have players make tough moral choices, says 2K.

The teaser trailer also had a voice-over track that depicted a US officer being talked to by what appears to be a former commander who has apparently gone rogue. "In war, our choices have consequences," says the voice. "But make no mistake, captain--this isn't war." In the trailer leaked earlier this year, a sinister bald figure appeared in shadow in a similar manner to Apocalypse Now's villain Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando.

No release date was given for Spec Ops: The Line. However, its existence means that 2K Boston's new shooter is once again a mystery.

[UPDATE] 2K has since released a new trailer for Spec Ops: The Line, which is the same as the trailer that was leaked earlier this year.

[UPDATE 2] 2K has since released a full press release describing the game's story. The company's description of it is below:

"Spec Ops: The Line unfolds within the destroyed opulence of Dubai. Once the playground for the world’s wealthiest elite, Dubai has fallen victim to a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. The city’s ultramodern architecture lies half-buried under millions of tons of sand. The very sand that blankets the city plays a marquee role in altering combat situations and serves as a powerful but unpredictable force that will both help and hinder players throughout the course of the game.

While most people have fled the now-barren wasteland before the sandstorms swept through, U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad and his loyal squad remained behind to protect those incapable of escape. Unable to reach anyone in Dubai after the storm hit, the U.S. Army feared Konrad and his team dead until they picked up a weak distress signal and launched a rescue operation. As U.S. Army Captain Martin Walker, you and your elite Delta Force team are sent to infiltrate the treacherous region to bring Konrad home."

Discussion

111 comments
coreyq
coreyq

The orginal Pub and Dev was Ripcord and Zombie,lol at the time Unreal Tournament was a hit,a year or so later SOF 1 and 2 ruled though lets hope this one is well thought out! The last spec ops(pc ver.) rated on GS was given a 5.6 Spec Ops II: Green Berets, The story dosent sound all that bad. ??? but this means no artic terrain mostly desert maps, and why Dubai O well guess we will see!

coreyq
coreyq

Keeping it 3rd person huh, this game was fun back in the day.

2point5RSman
2point5RSman

how can a 3rd person view be realistic? you can see around corners without ever exposing yourself. HAX!

DKant
DKant

Sounds great! FEAR and Splinter Cell knew how to establish an immersive atmosphere (for me at least), so having 'alumni' from those two franchises might help. Regardless of any credit they may (or not) deserve, the trailer seems to point in that direction. Should be worth checking out!

Ronin893
Ronin893

Alright, you have my attention.

suicidalblues
suicidalblues

Is it true? Are we FINALLY getting a realistic 3rd person shooter!?! I can't wait!!!

Dark_MetalSonic
Dark_MetalSonic

i hate this video i just saw my house being destroyed.

kartik24
kartik24

mannnn look what they did to dubai!!!im from there......its true this is what is going to happen unless the govt does something to kick out the terrorists who supply the finances from there

kartik24
kartik24

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!nice nice

killzonena
killzonena

Definately goin to get this game, visually looks superb, storyline seems excellent.

TENTHROW2
TENTHROW2

you can polish a turd, but .........

gamer082009
gamer082009

Game looks very promising. Hopefully the footage I seen was in game.

Supernatural24
Supernatural24

Looks like a game like Battlefield or Call of Duty or Tom Clancy, but with cooler action and not always standing like a robot. I've never played the previous titles, so I hope this game is well made.

athenian29
athenian29

Sounds good, but the stills from the trailer aren't very visually impressive. Guess I'll have to watch. EDIT: After watching, I'm not sure what to think. This could be really good, but it looks weird too. I think it was the music...

pidow
pidow

I have to play this game.

DenPacWOLF
DenPacWOLF

The Spec Ops Series for PS1 were awful. Hope this will be better, i'm looking forward to it. Great Trailer too.

dmadrfe
dmadrfe

if they get everything right this can be a great game.

jshaas
jshaas

I watch this during the VGA's and I wasn't very impressed. Looks like a Gears of War clone to me.

Payasoplas
Payasoplas

I heard about this, like 3 years ago, i hope that time was used for development and to correct everything bad that made the Ps One's Spec Ops games subpar.

fulton_falcon
fulton_falcon

looks good,hopefully theymake this into a great game.i want a game other then cod,gow,and halo to be played online.i hate all three of those.i want a new shooter with a long story

Petch1984
Petch1984

If this is half as good as the PSone Spec-ops then.....................it will be the new worst game ever.

superbuickm3xii
superbuickm3xii

The trailer is cool, I guess but,did they seriously use a Bjork song?

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I see this game being banned in Dubai. Seems like all these modern shooters have arabs or Russians as the enemy. Not that I'm complaining.

Dark_MetalSonic
Dark_MetalSonic

funny how most people bashed the game in the first video, now everyone wants it. looks like the developers have some grudge on dubai.

wexorian
wexorian

i was fan on ps Spec ops games

night_haunter
night_haunter

this game looks promising, the setting and combat looks impressive

Nelius88
Nelius88

I actually enjoyed this trailer..I've seen the one on the vga's and that was the first time I ever heard about this game.

misterautomatic
misterautomatic

Vojkan80001 Posted Dec 13, 2009 4:03 pm GMT "GEars of war wasn't first game with cover system. They took cover system from Killswitch and camera angle from RE4" You're absolutely right. But Killswitch was highly repetitive. I stopped playing it after a couple hours. The "cover system" I was referring to was that similar to KS when I made my comment. Not the one in Metal Gear. Metal Gear focused mainly on stealth cover, not action cover. It wasn't until the last MGS installment that they even veered away from it being a stealth heavy game.

Mike0193
Mike0193

This looks great, love the whole atmosphere, definitely looks like it will be an intense game with a strong story.

Neilo_
Neilo_

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carlos171719
carlos171719

This game gonna be AMAZING the Scenes in this video gives that dark feeling like RE5 and the intensity of the ghost recon scenes and the gameplay remind me of Killswitch wit the graphics of killzone thats a perfect combination seem very promising and its not even a finished product yet 1st day buy for me!!!

Neilo_
Neilo_

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shii666
shii666

Why is it that all new shooters are military based? I guess it isn't so bad, I like stories that revolve around wars, but I really want to see unique ideas... Like Darksector, despite certain aspects.

votc200
votc200

Wow, that trailer was awesome!

agpickle
agpickle

@ PandaBear86 Do you want green sand?

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

Nothing but brown? What happened to the colors of the previous games? Pass...

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

looks great, love the sound and look of the game.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

Can't believe they are bringing back the whorable spec ops name, just call this game desert sand and I'll buy it. throwing spec ops in the lable made me almost skip the video entirely.

GodSendsDeath
GodSendsDeath

Man all these new games to play, but I am still stuck on Borderlands lol...

bojangles_j
bojangles_j

whens the date? this is looking great!

X-Robert
X-Robert

Awesome, I would really like to see the smart story-telling combined with military type of combat.