Codemasters today officially announced the first details about Operation Flashpoint: Red River, the next iteration in their tactical military shooter franchise scheduled for release next year.
Red River is set during a fictional war sometime in the near future and finds US Marines battling the Chinese PLA in the remote reaches of Tajikistan, along the Vakhsh River (which I'm assuming you'll be trying to fill with the blood your fallen enemies). Codemasters primary focus in the Dragon Rising follow up is co-op gameplay.
“Operation Flashpoint: Red River is being built around four player co-op online play, complete with a strong narrative, new enemies and combat scenarios to deliver gameplay that immerses players in the reality of war like never before,” said Red River creative director Sion Lenton.
Codemasters said they listened closely to players when it came to refining and improving on the advances made in Dragon Rising, and the result is a “deeper narrative-led campaign, streamlined inventory and control system, a refined enemy and squad AI system, player class roles including customizable XP upgrades and loadout choice, close-quarters combat, new air support options and comprehensive tutorials.”
In addition to the story mode, the game will also feature addition co-op modes designed to “test players’ tactics and teamwork in distinct ways.” These include “escorting a convoy to safety under heavy fire, or falling back from the enemy against almost insurmountable odds.”
Operation Flashpoint: Red River is slated for release in 2011 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.