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EA's Army of Two

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the change-of-pace dept.

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EA today confirmed the existence of a much-anticipated next-gen title, Army of Two. From the Eurogamer article: "Army of Two 'will throw gamers into hot spots ripped from current day headlines,' says EA, where they will use two-man strategies and tactics, transitioning between playing with an AI partner or a live player. We're told that EA's wanted to make this for ages, but until now it's felt that the hardware couldn't deliver a suitably believable co-operative AI player."

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EA's Army of Two (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15248383)

Sounds like a lot of crap to me.

Salute EA (5, Funny)

HappyCycling (565803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248430)

Sounds like they're trying to one-up the US Army.

Re:Salute EA (1, Insightful)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248520)

By glorifying the Iraq war? Sure.

Re:Salute EA (1)

InsaneLampshade (890845) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248938)

Well video games companies have glorified pretty much every other war, why not the one in Iraq too? ^_^

Re:Salute EA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15248568)

I'm thinking this is meant to be funny. The army's "Army of One" slogan? one-up? get it now?

Re:Salute EA (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248633)

Army of three, however, is just too difficult to code.

"Ripped from modern day headlines" (3, Insightful)

iriefrank (41550) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248432)

If it's really ripped from modern day headlines, that means the game shows up at your door without you wanting it, it has a shaky story about why you have to play it, but you have to play it, and when you're finished playing you have to play again and again. All of this even though everyone knows the reason why you had to play in the first place was based on lies. And to top it all off, by playing, you're making some big companies lots of money.

Re:"Ripped from modern day headlines" (1)

KazerSoza (727306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15253227)

To get the same result send some one a copy of World Of Warcraft.. Now I gotta go log on and level up my Mage.

This is news how??? (0, Redundant)

AEther141 (585834) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248439)

News for nerds, stuff that matters? It's a bloody press release. I despair.

Re:This is news how??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15248885)

Stuff that matters - one of the largest companies in America, EA, is announcing a revolutionary game where they rip scenarios from headlines - pray tell, how is this not stuff that matters? Think of programmers who might be interested in how the co-op player performs, and then just think about a bog=standard game-a-holic. Of course it bloody matters...

Re:This is news how??? (1)

WedgeTalon (823522) | more than 8 years ago | (#15249050)

Oh, so I take it you rarely read game previews seeing as how they are just marketing [slashdot.org] anyway?

Misleading title (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15248458)

I thought this article was about the two programmers they have chained up in their dungeon doing all the work :(

Soon to be announced... (4, Funny)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248463)

Tom Clancy's Army of Three will revolutionize the tactical shooter in the same way Rainbow 6, Rogue Spear, Ghost Recon, and Splinter Cell have.

Re:Soon to be announced... (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248546)

You obviously haven't yet heard about Bungie's upcoming "Army of Four," with NES Satellite capability.

Re:Soon to be announced... (2, Funny)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248686)

Army® from Sony will soon be on the PSP using Wi-fi and will be the worlds first MMOCOFPSRTSG (Massive multiplayer co-operative first person shooter real time strategy game). Expect a trailer early 2007 and its release sometime after Vista.

Re:Soon to be announced... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15254182)

But hopefully before Duke Nuke... Nah. Too lame a joke to finish it.

Re:Soon to be announced... (2, Insightful)

CaymanIslandCarpedie (868408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248559)

No, no. You missed the rest of the quote. Here is what it should have said.

We're told that EA's wanted to make this for ages, but until playing Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter it's felt that the hardware couldn't deliver a suitably believable co-operative AI player

Clancy's already been there done that ;-)

I know this is off topic .. (1, Offtopic)

Frag-A-Muffin (5490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248506)

But is the world of nerd news dying? Where's all the nerd news? I'm a gamer and all, but half of todays stories on /. are about games? What's going on? Did /. discover that the ads for games are worth more or something?

Re:I know this is off topic .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15248843)

The biggest games-related event of the year is about to start. That's what's going on. It should die down again after E3.

Re:I know this is off topic .. (1)

Frag-A-Muffin (5490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248931)


The biggest games-related event of the year is about to start. That's what's going on. It should die down again after E3.

Even so .. I don't recall this many games postings from past E3s and GDCs, and TGSs.

Re:I know this is off topic .. (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15249069)

I don't recall this many games postings from past E3s

I don't recall this many revolutionary new controller designs (namely 1) in the past decade. Remember that the analog thumbstick of the N64 and the touch screen of the Newton (which the DS borrowed and improved upon) were revealed well before Slashdot became popular.

E3 (1)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 8 years ago | (#15249022)

Once that's over, things will change. You can never go back to normal though, no matter what they tell you. You can only create a new normal.

KumaWar? (4, Insightful)

Winterblink (575267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248510)

KumaWar [gamespot.com] , anyone? Yeah, real innovative, EA.

Re:KumaWar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15250724)

Yeah because games rated 4.1 "poor" are great fun to play.

Mercenaries (1)

9mm Censor (705379) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248530)

Is it just be or is there a rise in the number of "mercenary games".

Re:Mercenaries (4, Funny)

CaymanIslandCarpedie (868408) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248576)

Its just bou

I'm waiting for... (1)

smaerd (954708) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248570)

..."Army of 0..*". That would be pretty wicked. You can play as zero, one, or many soldiers.

Hopefully this sets a standard (4, Informative)

iridium_ionizer (790600) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248614)

There are only a hanful of recent games that impliment a well-made co-op mode. For the past 3 years this has been a feature that everyone has been clamoring for, so it's nice to hear that a mega-studio will emphasize this to such a degree. I can only hope that other games will put in this type of option.

I hope it allows split screen offline co-op [slashdot.org] and not just online multiplayer.

Re:Hopefully this sets a standard (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15248922)

There are only a hanful of recent games that impliment a well-made co-op mode. For the past 3 years this has been a feature that everyone has been clamoring for, so it's nice to hear that a mega-studio will emphasize this to such a degree. I can only hope that other games will put in this type of option.

Well, sort-of ...

Co-operative gameplay has been a hard-core gamer favourite for (nearly) 7 years since Perfect Dark included it; the problem is that it costs a lot of time to produce it and few casual gamers buy games based on it. In other words it is (mostly) not cost effective

Re:Hopefully this sets a standard (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15249461)

Try contra, or ikari warriors, it's been around a LOT longer than 7 years.

Re:Hopefully this sets a standard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15250265)

But if you read carefully I never said Perfect Dark was the first Co-operative game, just that it was the first game to make it really popular with hard-core gamers. Co-op has existed (in one form or another) since the begining of videogames; competative play has just been way more popular and wide-spread.

Re:Hopefully this sets a standard (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#15254892)

I think it was the first game where people noticed it as special because coop modes were pretty much standard in the age of arcade games and until coop died out there was no reason to talk much about it, it was just assumed to be there.

Oh... (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248688)

I thought they were talking about their still-alive programmers. Nevermind.

Much anticipated? (5, Insightful)

Doomstalk (629173) | more than 8 years ago | (#15248930)

How can a game that was just officially announced be "much anticipated"?

WTF??? Press summary as news (1)

JonnyCalcutta (524825) | more than 8 years ago | (#15249095)

I know I'm just repeating what has been said, but how is this news? Is someone getting a kickback? This is a short summary of a very uninteresting press release.

"EA will release some game about some thing some time".

Re:WTF??? Press summary as news (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15254199)

Gosh! You just found the perfect, always-true newsline!

The hardware?? (2, Insightful)

AK__64 (740022) | more than 8 years ago | (#15251401)

The hardware couldn't produce suitable AI? When have the programmers ever been able to produce suitable AI in the software for a fun co-op? "Robots" and "co-op gameplay" are two words that have yet to mix to produce anything remotely resembling fun games. Good luck to EA.
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