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Gamers are ready for a return to World War II, says man making World War II game

Apparently we've taken a long enough break from World War II games to be able to enjoy them again. That's the word from Steve Hart, a developer at Rebellion, the chaps who created Alien vs. Predator, the upcoming Neverdead, and who are currently working on Sniper Elite V2.

SEV2 is set in World War II. Funny that Hart should have such an opinion, but I'm put it down to good old fashioned eerie coincidence and leaving it at that. Any further analysis of the situation would no doubt lead to dark discoveries so spooky that they'd see me going outright mad, running screaming into the night like the fevered, knowledge-burdened protagonist of a Lovecraft story.

Above: To be fair, World War II  + tactically imparted Mortal Kombat x-ray gore I can back

Speaking to GamerZines, Hart explained, "...I think the market is ready for World War Two. You've seen the extra press the likes of Red Orchestra 2 have gotten because all of a sudden WW2 is a breath of fresh air whereas modern conflicts perhaps aren't"

"...It just so happens that our timing for a World War Two game is better than others out there, and gamers are ready for that now. Even better for us is that we're coming out before perhaps another Call of Duty set during World War Two, as I'm sure we'll be seeing another one of those at some point"

A fair point. Kind of. We're no longer drowning on brown and grey, mud-encrusted WWII shooters like we were a few years ago. Instead we're drowning on brown and orange, sand-caked modern military shooters. But is the best course of action really to jump back to the '40s, in the same way that we jumped to the modern era to get away from the '40s in the first place?

Obviously there's room for games utilising any setting or time period. And Rebellion's original Sniper Elite was decent, very different spin on the historical FPS, so there's no reason to believe its new one won't be. It's certainly looking rather great at the moment. But we really could do with coming up with a better approach to the FPS genre than another chronological knee-jerk, before another fad-wave starts to build.

Like, you know, just not doing the whole me-too thing at all, and coming up with fresh, creative ideas.

Nah, what am I saying? That'll never catch on.

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51 comments

  • D0CCON - January 26, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Yeah, you're right, but I think we are at a point that I don't see us going to war in the near future. Defiantly not to the point where every modern game needs to make them the villains.
  • mothbanquet - January 26, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Korean War. They call it the Forgotten War but it's one of the most fascinating around, imo. A game based around that movie 'Brotherhood' would be an instant classic.
  • AuthorityFigure - January 25, 2012 6:29 p.m.

    If the game is good, the setting is even less than secondary. Make the controls and mechanics good enough and you could set it in the Cola Wars, for chrissakes.
  • Vulneratus - January 25, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    I think I have the next great fad: Zombie Alien Pirate Nazi Ghosts!!
  • SerpentineZERO - January 25, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Unlike modern war shooters, I never really grew tired of WWII games, so yeah i'm ready.
  • CitizenWolfie - January 25, 2012 2:54 a.m.

    More Vietnam please. Just because Call of Duty and a few BF map packs have been there doesn't mean there aren't more stories to tell.# There's also conflicts in Africa (Thinking Somalia in particular) they could base games on. Especially now piracy on the coast is prevalent. But what I'd love to see (whether based on true conflicts or fictional) is a game about Guerrilla warfare. We could even play as both sides of the war - the guerrillas fighting their way through the countryside, taking key tactical areas and eventually leading to a full on revolution in a capital city or play as the country's military, trying to keep order in the face of a coup de grace while both guerrillas and civilians are out to overthrow you. I thought this while watching the Che (Benicio del Toro) films a while back. I reckon it'd be awesome playing as the man himself as he helps liberate Cuba.
  • TurkeyOnRye - January 25, 2012 2:11 a.m.

    All of this talk about World War this and Vietnam that. You guys are missing the mother of all wars: Grenada. Where's our Grenada War game?
  • talleyXIV - January 24, 2012 6:22 p.m.

    One thing WW2 games always miss is the liberation of a concentration camp. It is a serious matter to focus on but if you have us running around killing Nazi soldiers why can't we see the Jews we are saving?
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - January 24, 2012 10:39 p.m.

    I expect that games don't do that because of how touchy a subject it could be no matter what they do in the depiction of the concentration camps. Look at it this way: Let's say there's new WWII shooter and the fifth level has you liberating a concentration camp. The game designers think they'll avoid offending anyone by making the prisoners just look scared and shivering rather than emaciated and suffering. People may see this as underplaying the horrors of the concentration camps. Alternatively, if the game developers design the camp to be realistically horrid, depicting the prisoners as they are in documents and photographs, then the game would be labeled as being too gruesome and insensitive to the suffering of those subjugated to the evil of the Nazis. tl;dr No matter what game developers do, it's too touchy of a subject. (Pure speculation)
  • talleyXIV - January 25, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    I guess but if I ever become a game developer which is not one of my aspirations, I definitely want to include this in one of my games. At least trying to make it realistic.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 24, 2012 5 p.m.

    This game looks fucking awsome, I'll be really disappointed if it ends up being terrible. I hope games go back to WWII, I find the whole time period so much more interesting than moddern warfare.
  • RedOutlive10 - January 24, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Better than that, go full fictional story, so the only limits for the story are the developers' ideas. I remember a FPS game to be released that featured greek mythos creatures released in new york after someone opened the Pandora's Box or some shit, looked totally crazy and awesome. I forgot the name of it, not even sure if it was released. Just dump story concepts that try to keep things too "realistic" for the lack of a better word.
  • OHMYGODIMONFIRE - January 24, 2012 6:24 p.m.

    Oh god, Legendary? Trust me, you're lucky you never played that... thing. Personally I love WWII games, I definitely preferred it to the modern warfare-esque things we're seeing now. The download-only battlefield (1943, I think it was?) Was great fun. Looked fantastic, as well. Personally I think WWII Air Combat games are amazing. Secret Weapons over Normandy for the PS2 was one of my favorite games ever.
  • The_Ouroboros - January 25, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    Legendary was nowhere near as bad as people on the bandwagon seem to think. I had a hell of a great time with it, as did a few other people I know. It's really cheap now, and ignore most reviews. Definitely worth the rental. Anyway, go WW2.
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  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 24, 2012 2:31 p.m.

    Love the headline. Somebody's been reading The Onion.
  • needles - January 24, 2012 2:16 p.m.

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  • D0CCON - January 24, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    How's about a modern game that DOESN'T involve Russia? They aren't a modern threat dammit. We are on good terms right now. How's about something like Homefront, but done better?

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