It may be alternative history but this doesn't mean abandoning reality: "We go to great lengths to ensure that what happens is credible and believable. In our storyline, the Berlin airlift was an ongoing operation with MIG fighters harassing the cargo planes. So we took this situation and used an accidental mid-air collision as the spark that ignites the Cold War."
Eighteen singleplayer missions are set to follow returning heroes from the previous games, Wilson and Groebel, and some new, younger main characters, in battles set mainly in Europe as the war escalates. Pitting NATO against the USSR, missions will include large-scale battles as well as espionage and commando-themed challenges. "Expect these heroes to play a very influential part in a rich and detailed storyline," promise Stormregion.
But what's the obsession with crushing snipers? The teaser video shows the repeated destruction of a single, large building containing a crane. Depending upon the attack, whether by helicopters, air-strike or ground forces, the building crumbles uniquely, and never better than when crushed by the collapsing crane.
"We wanted to create an environment where everything is destructible, usable or both," explains Randall. "This dynamic allows for strategic use of the environment by, for instance, toppling the crane onto a building and crushing the enemy inside."