Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
Coming to Xbox
Xbox Gamers To Experience Codemasters Million-Selling Military Simulation
Game This Winter
New York, NY - April 16, 2002 - Leading games publisher and developer
Codemasters announced that they will publish a customized version of the
multi-award winning Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis this winter for The Xbox video
game system from Microsoft. The Xbox edition is being developed by Bohemia Interactive
Studio, creators of the original PC title, and will contain the entire original game along
with an additional prequel campaign called Resistance.
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis takes action gaming to a brand new level, as
Jonathan Smith, External Development Studio Head at Codemasters explains:
"Operation Flashpoint is a groundbreaking title, giving players the chance to
participate in a Cold War conflict just the way they want to. Its a game that has
set new standards of immersive realism, and were delighted to bring it to
Xbox," says Smith. "On Xbox, it offers twice as much action as in the
original PC game, with the inclusion of the enhanced Resistance missions. We are
refining the controls and interface for maximum playability, and beefing up the graphical
effects to take full advantage of the hardware."
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis is the ultimate realistic war experience. Its
conflict setting draws the player into the action so deeply because it is such a
believable military environment. For the first time in this game genre, the player
controls and commands not just soldiers of all levels and squads but also land, sea
and air vehicles both military and civilian from cars, to APCs, to
tanks and even military helicopters.
The scenario is modern warfare: It is 1985, in the midst of the Cold War, and Gorbachev
has been elected to power bringing with him policies of glasnost and perestroika. However,
resistance Soviet groups are opposed to the new regime and are refusing to conform.
One group has taken control of an island community and is using it as an armed stronghold
for the old order. NATO has been called to act as the peacekeeping force. Operation
Flashpoint opens with the player joining the first mission against the
It is a game of complete freedom with military crisis situations to handle on your own
initiative. Once past the mission briefing stage, its the players decision how
the overall mission or campaign is tackled. This variety also allows players to dip in and
out of all kinds of action gameplay from commanding a squad, to being a sniper, to driving
or piloting a myriad of land, sea and air vehicles.
Again, incredible detail unfolds in each role: A NATO sniper makes use of the US-standard
M21 sniper rifle with its correct optical markings. However, if they relieve an
immobilized Soviet sniper of his rifle, they will be faced with Soviet-standard optical
markings through the sights and they do work differently
environment of the game is massive and you can go anywhere at anytime; youre not
limited to playing in mission-specific "walled" areas.
On Xbox, the game comes complete with an additional campaign titled Operation Flashpoint:
Resistance, set years before Operation Flashpoints Cold War hit crisis point.
Resistance creates an additional 100km2 island and casts the player as Victor
Troska, an experienced ex-Special Forces soldier. Having turned his back on his military
past, Troska has settled into a respectable civilian life on the island of Nogova*, a
short distance from the main games three islands. However, his situation changes
when the Soviet force invades the island group and destroys Troska's idyllic dreams.
Reluctant at first to return to a conflict situation, he is forced to participate in, and
then lead, the ramshackle Resistance effort, which grows in response to the Soviet
occupation of the island.
As Operation Flashpoint: Resistance begins before the US Army and its resources came to
the islands, players have to scavenge equipment from whatever sources they can manage.
Throughout the closely linked missions, the overriding objectives include growing your
resistance force by gaining new recruits, gathering equipment, and preserving as many of
your comrades as possible to build an army strong enough to repel the Soviets.
Combined, the main game and the prequel campaign, make Operation Flashpoint: Cold War
Crisis the best military simulator for any platform and a true must-have title for the
Fully primed to repeat its Game of the Year success, Codemasters is set to release
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis on Xbox this winter.
* Nogova is a working name for the fourth island.
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