Tom Clancy's EndWar Faction Spotlight - The Riflemen

Get a look at the three superpowers struggling for global supremacy in this upcoming strategy game from Ubisoft Shanghai.

Ubisoft's Tom Clancy franchise has primarily leaned on first-person tactical shooters like Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon these past few years, but finally the company is branching out with EndWar, a console-specific real-time strategy game due early next year. EndWar envisions the US, Russia, and a united Europe in a near-future global conflict. The game uses a chessboard-style unit balance whereby the three factions all have the same individual units, so you'll have to leverage your tactical prowess against the equal armament of your enemies.

Ubisoft has provided a description of each of the three factions, along with specific details on their basic ground units, the riflemen.

RUSSIA

Now the world's largest supplier of oil, Russia has experienced an economic boom of epic proportions. It has used its newfound affluence to build up its military to levels beyond those of the Cold War and is once again a true superpower in the world arena.

Spetznaz Guard Brigade

Soldier for soldier, there is no force on the planet that can match the Spetznaz Guard Brigade in terms of raw brute force. Its members are all hardened veterans of Russia's many regional conflicts. Some say that these brigades are made up of people who have seen too much of war and have lost any regard for human life. While this may be true, the Spetznaz Guard Brigade is a highly effective, determined, and deadly force. Its focus is on heavy weapons and heavy armor. They are also excellent and modifying what equipment they have on hand to suit their needs, so their vehicles often bristle with bolted-on weaponry that the original designer never intended or even dreamed of including.

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SPZ - Rifleman - Wolves

Micro Summary: The Spetsnaz Guard Brigade Wolves may very well be the single most feared military unit in the entire world. Known for their ruthlessness and brutality, the soldiers who make up this elite group have seen so much of war that they've grown accustomed to its horrors.

Summary: It is without a doubt that the Russian Spetsnaz Guard Brigade Wolves believe it is better to be feared than to be loved. They are known for their toughness, brutality, and ruthlessness in combat. This has led to many critics who say that the Wolves are little more than sociopaths and thugs who enjoy killing. However, this criticism is both unfair and untrue. The men and women who make up this group have just seen so much conflict and war that what is considered inhuman to others no longer fazes them. Also, considering them just "thugs" would be a fatal mistake because they are among the most skilled and experienced soldiers in the world.

Tech Commentary: Russia decided to stay with what works. The AK-74 and its variants are still in use in 2020, despite being a design that was created in 1974. A number of improvements have been made upon its 5.45mm ammunition, but the rifle itself is essentially unchanged. The only difference is that now an array of attachments are easily installed on the weapon and the muzzle brake has been improved.

Snipers in the Wolves are armed with the OSV-120 sniper rifle. This is the newest and most advanced rifle in the SPZ arsenal. When evaluating weapons for SPZ use no existing designs met its requirements for a high-caliber sniper rifle. This led to the development of the OSV-120 in 2009. The design was finalized in 2016. Since then, the weapon has gained a reputation for reliability and accuracy.

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SPZ armor is worn on the inside of the uniform rather than the outside. The armor itself is heavy and can be both uncomfortable and difficult to move around in. It also gives SPZ soldiers a large, bulky look. This, combined with the tenacity and determination of your average Wolves soldier, can make an SPZ charge a very fearsome sight.

Primary Armament: AK-74 and variants, OSV-120 12.7mm sniper rifle.
Special Features: Can take advantage of cover, garrison buildings, can capture uplink points.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Once strong allies, the US has broken ranks with the EU due to a controversial and costly military space race. This rivalry peaks when the US prepares to launch the Freedom Star, an orbital space station that will upset the balance of power.

Joint Strike Force This group of elite soldiers is modeled after today's Marine Expeditionary Units, which are known for their integration of air and ground combat elements. The Joint Strike Force (JSF) excels in precision firepower and is capable of rapid deployment anywhere in the world. Epitomizing the saying, "high speed, low drag," the JSF is built around small, fast, and light units. It also specializes in state-of-the-art stealth technology and battlefield robotics. The JSF has access to unmanned aerial vehicles, automated sentry drones, and state-of-the-art stealth technology.

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JSF - Infantry - Rifleman

Micro Summary: The standard JSF Rifleman is anything but standard. They come from all branches of the military, such as the Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, and Ghost Recon. Every JSF Rifleman undergoes a one-of-a-kind advanced training school developed by U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) that further hones their impressive abilities to a razor's edge.

Summary: Soldiers come from every branch of the US military to become a member of the JSF. If you walk into any JSF barracks, you'll see men and women from Marine Force Recon, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Green Berets, Air Force Pararescuemen (PJs), and even Ghost Recon teams. This means that many fresh JSF recruits have already undergone extensive training before they even put on the JSF uniforms. The purpose of JSF training is to unite all the different doctrines from other special operations unit into one, unified doctrine. JSF instructors have learned to glean the best parts of every special operations branch and implement it into JSF training.

Tech Commentary: JSF riflemen are armed with the Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle Advance 1, or SCAR A1. The events which led up to the adoption of this weapon are actually quite controversial. The rifle itself is of Belgian origin and was originally designed in two variants, one chambered in 5.56mm NATO and another which used 7.62mm NATO cartridges.

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The current SCAR A1 is essentially the same weapon, only it has been redesigned by a US company to chamber the newer 6.8mm cartridge. The US claimed that the SCAR A1 is a different weapon with its own patent due to the changes US arms makers implemented to enable the weapon to chamber the 6.8mm round. This claim infuriated the original manufacturers of the weapon and numerous lawsuits followed, none of which have been settled. Despite its rocky adoption, the SCAR A1 has proven to be a formidable rifle and a marked improvement over the US Military's previous weapon systems.

JSF riflemen are fully wired and carry the latest in communications gear and body armor, all of which is a direct descendent of the Land Warrior program. JSF snipers have access to semiautomatic .50 caliber sniper rifles, which can be upgraded to use anti-material shells for additional firepower.

Primary Armament: SCAR A1/M120 .50 Caliber Rifle
Special Features: Can take advantage of cover, garrison buildings, can capture uplink points.

EUROPEAN FEDERATION

The European Federation is a superpower entity that was formed in the wake of the nuclear war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in 2016 and the ensuing energy catastrophe. These events required all of Europe, with the exception of the UK and Ireland, to band together and resulted in the creation of a single, unified nation. Enforcers Corps Consummate professionals, the European Federation Enforcers Corps is made up of veteran elite counterterrorist and peacekeeping forces from throughout Europe. Calm and precise, these highly trained and experienced soldiers are especially skilled in urban warfare. While their weaponry may not be as "dead on" precise as those of the JSF and their units are slightly less armored, they excel in electronic warfare, as well as advanced directed energy weapons technology and have faster vehicles. The Enforcers Corps also have access to the world's best "less than lethal" weaponry.

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EUR - Infantry - Rifleman

Micro Summary: Being a Kommando in the Enforcers Corps is considered one of the highest honors a soldier can have in Europe. The Enforcers Corps excel in urban and counterterrorism tactics and many of its founders and ranking officers are former Rainbow Six members.

Summary: The Enforcers Corps Kommandos includes members that come from many elite special operations groups. This variety is considered an advantage by European commanders. Kommando units are encouraged to stick with the tactics and doctrines of their original units rather than conform to one universal rule set. This means one group of Enforcers Corps Kommandos may behave and function in a manner that is radically different from another. European commanders feel that this will help keep their enemies off balance and allow for more specialized deployments. All Enforcers Corps battalions excel in urban and counterterrorist operations.

Tech Commentary: Various conflicts in the late 20th and early 21st century showed how lacking the 5.56mm NATO round was. When the European Federation broke away from NATO, it was decided that the Enforcers Corps needed to adopt a new rifle cartridge. Ironically, the Europeans decided to go with a 7mm NATO round that is actually a modernized version of a .280 caliber round created in the late 1940s. Immediately after the decision was made to adopt this cartridge, manufacturers in Belgium (E3000 Carbine), France (FMS AG2 Assault Rifle), and Austria (UAR 7 Bullpup Support Weapon) began mass production of 7mm weapons earmarked for Enforcers Corps Kommandos use.

Tactics and strategies vary from one Enforcers Corps Kommando group to another. European commanders see this as an asset because enemies are always kept on their toes and individual groups are able to make a niche for their abilities, as well as make a name for themselves. The Enforcers Corps Kommandos are especially known for their superb skill in urban combat. Few soldiers can match their ability to storm buildings and secure uplinks. Much of this is due to the dissemination of CQC tactics from a large pool of elite urban combat and counterterrorist groups, such as GSG-9 and GIGN. The fact that the Enforcer Corps are in many ways a descendant of Rainbow Six also furthers this strength.

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Members of the Enforcers Corps Kommandos pride themselves on their professionalism and hold themselves up to a very high standard. In a sense, they are the perfect modern-day embodiment of the medieval knight: chivalrous, brave, and steadfast in their beliefs. However, this should not be mistaken for softness. Enforcers Crops Kommandos are capable of carrying out their orders with chilling efficiency and are not afraid to make sacrifices for the "greater good."

Primary Armament: E3000 Assault Rifle/UAR 7 Bullpup Assault Rifle/ JO-2 .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle
Special Features: Can take advantage of cover, garrison buildings, can capture uplink points.

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mozzavfc
mozzavfc

errm because england is part of the EU maybe

Trollbane
Trollbane

I want the Euros to win! (Im American tho :))

Vasot
Vasot

European Federation RULEZZZZ !!! They also look like the most high tech super power

dazyl
dazyl

this game is going to be much, much better and bigger than C&C RED ALERT 3

merp300
merp300

not to sound like a geek or anything, but can i just point out that on the European Federation page it says that it's members came from rainbow six. the team was called rainbow because of the mixed nationality, "six" was the name of rainbow's boss who gives them orders and whatnot. read the book, the inspiration for the game. also, tom clancy does not work at ubisoft. he wrote the books.

gamekingjoey
gamekingjoey

sweet,finally i get to see pictures of endwar. like i said sweet.

stukov_wolfwood
stukov_wolfwood

I don't know, Could it be that they use the AK-47... because It is one of the weapon most reliable and easy of producing that they exist. and also that it is like the apple pay for the US. It is a weapon that say's "I'M RUSSIAN!"

zealotpsionics
zealotpsionics

WTF?! RUSSIA STILL USES THE AK-74?!?! dat's STUPID!! Could they have at least changed to a more effective calibre like everyone else?

Wolfie600
Wolfie600

For those whining about the graphichs please read the story, this is an RTS not an FPS!!! pf course its not gonna have COD4 graphics.... and bret the sniper is bigger then the woman cuz that sniper is a berreta 50 cal which is huge and usually used as an Anti tank...

xTriviumx
xTriviumx

looks pretty nice, gotta pre-order that one :)

stuarthanley
stuarthanley

I just have one question but I cannot be bothered to read this lot. Is this gonna be an RTS or FPS or RPG or what?

Ofpat10
Ofpat10

is this gonna be command and conquer gamesplay with like risk thrown in for like the multiplayer???looks awesome though!

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Any of you clowns think that MAYBE just maybe the graphics aren't polished yet? Besides, with Wii sales lookin' the way they are I don't think you haters have any room to be complaining about graphics and there importance on the gaming society as a whole.

Bioshox
Bioshox

If the grapics on this are good enough... and the gameplay rocks... its mine xD if there is a Demo on XBL ima download it AsAp and try this baby out.. hopefully itll play as good as its hyped

Thesurfdude
Thesurfdude

first of all only f#$^%s care about graphics so much. its all about gameplay. and the graphics are pretty good its the pictures watch some interviews and look when they show a glimpse of gameplay. and u can not compare this to vegas its an real time strategy. Clancy rules!

bangell99
bangell99

"The graphics suck come on, RS:Vegas was made more than a year ago by the same company and it looks better. The woman's sniper rifle looks bigger than her!!And that guy wearing the gas mask looks squarish and almost doesnt look like he belongs in the picture!!" You have to remember that this is strategy, not FPS. Graphics are less important. This will probably be the only RTS I buy on console. Looks cool.

athenian29
athenian29

Flippin sweet. I gotta get a 360 so I can get this...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

come on guys!!! this is Ubisoft who dont exactly make rubbish, you may not like this type of game which is fair enough, however it wont stop it being a great game in this genre

vahid_xbox_360
vahid_xbox_360

tome clancy is the only person on UBI that you can count on him. aaaah Jade raymo.....

BRETTJB99
BRETTJB99

The graphics suck come on, RS:Vegas was made more than a year ago by the same company and it looks better. The woman's sniper rifle looks bigger than her!!And that guy wearing the gas mask looks squarish and almost doesnt look like he belongs in the picture!!

thecobraholder
thecobraholder

hmm with so many other similar games out i don't see a reason why picking this up. i don't like the graphics, they kinda look outdated. idk.

disturbia666
disturbia666

This look like it as some great potential! i think it will be great for the army game lovers.

kittykiller897
kittykiller897

i think it will be great, but i wish it wasnt going to have balanced armies.

leesius
leesius

this should be class but i'm not getting my hopes up till it's actually out look at kane and lynch

godofwarkill
godofwarkill

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Odesien
Odesien

well like they said a C&C RTS for consoles just don't work as well. I'm glad they are doing it this way, it's better, but that's if they get it right. we all know how voice activating games are not that easy to use.(hence: lifeline, game about a girl in a ship, you use just your voice to control her) hopefully they do what they promised. i kinda of wished it was a big RTS but if it's easier to control then i'm willing to have a small RTS.

CovieEngineer
CovieEngineer

I'm a little disappointed that they're using a chess/Age of Empires style symmetrical balance. They're gonna have to make the armies look hella individual for the game to have any character. It's particularly strange considering Tom Clancy should know that future warfare will be anything BUT symmetrical...

jenova
jenova

Wow guys, this looks much better than the first game! Left Behind was okay, but not that hot. I can't wait to fight the End War for Jebus!

XeroComplex
XeroComplex

RTS... while I usualy avoid RTS's like the plague, this looks amazing. I may just get it after all...

Swordman586
Swordman586

guys this is an rts not an fps get your facts straight

okassar
okassar

OMG,this game better PWN.If I don't get the global-scale Xbox Live chaos that I want,I'll pretty pissed because that is what I've been reading and that is what I'm expecting.

sktseany
sktseany

looks alright, there seems to be alot of 360 military FPS's these days. COD4 will take some beating mind you, im sure BF Bad Company will beat COD4 as COD4 is restricted on vehicle use and whatnot

wutevrman
wutevrman

Looks pretty lame. Kind of dissapointing for a Ubisoft game.

leon5210
leon5210

The UK still support Europe because of the European Union, but the UK remain an independent nation and did not join the European Federation. The UK still has it's own armed forces, but right now the UK and all commonwealth nations are staying out of the war untill they are forced to choose a side. As for China, the world has suffered a major oil crisis that only the Russian Federation is profiting from. If China does make it into the next game [this will be a series] then you can expect an aggresive reaction from the US, and when that happens China will need every man they can get.

Sahmid
Sahmid

wow looks good...but why didnt they put the british SAS in the EUF?? strange, i thought they were like the worlds most elite special operations force.....anyways im stickin with the russians and the EUF(EUF looks the best!)

Baddoggx13
Baddoggx13

im still sticking with the JSF ALL THE WAY!!!!!

osxgp
osxgp

I am not a big fan of RTS games, but this and Halo Wars might change that.

kackarot00
kackarot00

What about uk!!!! why not in euroforce?! SaS Paras SbS would have ruled, Should have lumped uk and russia and ireland in euroforce and included china imo.

themovi3nut
themovi3nut

This game has got propaganda written all over it printice21 - that wont happen trust me, the US are always going to stay in control.

commandokiller
commandokiller

@berkner_ram77 Wow, drones? You are the very picture of rampant American ignorance. Ladies and Gentlemen, people like this are the reason we are disliked around world.

printice21
printice21

China is greater population wise than the impregnable Russia, and their economics are quickly establishing them as great world power, if this continues to 2020: they would be greater than the US and would quite possibly very notably be involved in the scenario portrayed in the game!

Satanmar
Satanmar

Why isn't the UK or Ireland in the United Europe force? doesn't make any sense! what have UK and Ireland create different forces or do they even exsist? I find that a odd decision to make, I would have liked to see European SAS soldiers in the game!

berkner_ram77
berkner_ram77

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GR33DY83
GR33DY83

lol they didn't include China cause they'd decimate all, cmon population of 2bil, they'r making it a fair fight.