Calling Spec Ops: The Line another series revival is a bit of a stretch considering the series never really took off in the first place, and developer Yager Development has thrown the entire canon out the window and aims for something entirely new and exciting. 2K’s new launch trailer is out to prove to gamers one more time, before tomorrow’s launch, that this is more than just another military shooter.
The Spec Ops series began ahead of its time on the PC as a realistic military shooter back in 1998, but after being ported to consoles and having its budgets slashed, the series died out.
Now, the realistic series seems to have fallen in line with modern genre conventions, turning to gritty storytelling about a few tough soldiers on an apparent suicide mission. Set amongst a ruined Dubai, Spec Ops: The Line refurbishes its typical cover based shooting and squad tactics with the unrelenting presence of sand. Sandstorms randomly sweep the city clean and greatly affect the battlefield, distracting enemies and creating perilous traps.
Yager Development also claims that Spec Ops: The Line will take gaming to a new level of storytelling, littered with moral choice options and a mature story based on Joseph Conrad’s classic novella Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now.
The game has seen several delays since its announcement, but it finally arrives tomorrow. I’ve had it pegged as a dark horse since first setting eyes on it two years ago and am still sticking to that. IO Interactive’s fantastic and forgotten third-person shooter, Freedom Fighters, from the previous generation comes to mind when watching the trailers.
Spec Ops: The Line launches for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on June 26th.