Codemasters Reveals Strong 2008 Lineup

Codemasters Reveals Strong 2008 Lineup

Codemasters has announced an impressive 2008 lineup of titles boasting three major next-gen games, including a sequel to the 2001 classic; Operation Flashpoint.

Promising warfare on a scale never seen in a FPS, the biggest name in modern military simulation gaming will return in 2008 as Codemasters confirmed that Operation Flashpoint 2 is in development for PC and major console formats.

Operation Flashpoint 2 will mark the long-awaited return of the total conflict simulator, which won international acclaim. The original game had been developed by Bohemia Interactive but this time around Codemasters is creating the sequel in-house with the studio's largest development team ever assembled. Now in development, it is Codemasters Studios' most extensive R&D project to date, Operation Flashpoint 2 has already benefited from over two years of pre-production on a closed set basis and will use a new FPS variant of Neon technology, the studio's proprietary middleware (engine).

Building on the original game's heritage, Operation Flashpoint 2 will see the most realistic modelling of conflict scenarios in a new contemporary theater of war. By offering a multitude of military disciplines, gameplay will deliver warfare more realistic and intense then ever before, while an extensive multiplayer component will create battles on an incredible scale.

Set to redefine the genre it created, Operation Flashpoint 2 is coming in 2008. Further details will be announced this summer.

Next title to be announced was Race Driver One advertised as a true evolution for the series, which first appeared as the TOCA (DTM/V8) Touring Car games (1997-2000) and became the TOCA (DTM/V8) Race Driver series (2002-2006). Race Driver One will be the next technical showcase for Neon, the studio's proprietary middleware system that is already driving Colin McRae: DIRT in incredible detail.

Challenging players to become the number one race driver in a new world of exhilarating motorsport, Race Driver One will take players on a tour like never before; to beautifully realised racing locations through Europe, the U.S., Japan and beyond. The game will feature the most extensive range of events in the series, combining official circuit-based championships with road races and urban street competitions.

Finally Codemasters also announced Rise of the Argonauts, an epic scale action-RPG, now in development at Liquid Entertainment for leading console platforms and PC.

Rise of the Argonauts will immerse gamers in a gladiatorial adventure, set in wondrously imagined vision of ancient Greece. With deep exploration and epic quests, players will live a life of brutal combat as they lead a team of iconic warriors - including Jason, Hercules and Atalanta - through a world ruled by mythological gods.