14 th March 2011 – Today Codemasters® released a new biography video for Operation Flashpoint ® : Red River ™, the all-new chapter in the multi-million selling tactical shooter series set to launch on 21 st April across the EMEA region with North America shipping on 26 th April. The ‘ Kirby’ biography video focuses on Sergeant William Kirby in his role as Fireteam Leader in a conflict “where things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.” The video is now showing at www.facebook.com/flashpointredriver.
The video introduces Sergeant William Kirby and is cut with gameplay footage showing the Marines in action in Tajikistan. Kirby assesses the reality of war on the ground, as the insurgents become “desperate for blood” and the Chinese enter the conflict with all the makings of a “wild west showdown.” The video shows Marines assaulting dug-in Chinese positions at close-quarters and the threat of PLA armour and air-support – a contrasting tactical challenge from insurgent guerrilla warfare.
The war causes Kirby to reflect on why he does what he does: “It wasn’t a choice, as much as a calling. I could have had a comfortable life. I could have closed my eyes to the world around me. But that’s not who I am. Because I followed my heart the sons and daughters of the Marines I help save still have a father. Their wives still have a husband. If they want to give me a medal for doing my job, then so be it. But I’m no hero. More than anything else in my life, I am a Marine.”
Sergeant Kirby is both squad leader and Rifleman in the Fireteam. His leadership and combat skills are complimented by the specialities of his teammates – Grenadier, Auto-Rifleman and Scout. Up to four players can come together in a Fireteam with Operation Flashpoint: Red River’s drop-in, drop-out co-op play across a substantial campaign mode and standalone Fireteam Engagements.
Operation Flashpoint: Red River will set a new standard for authentic and intense tactical combat when it arrives on 21 st April in Europe and 26 th April in North America for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Games For Windows® LIVE. Sign up to ‘get some’ USMC style with the latest briefings direct from the Operation Flashpoint studio at www.facebook.com/flashpointredriver and www.twitter.com/flashpointgame.
ABOUT OPERATION FLASHPOINT: RED RIVER
Set to deliver an authentic and intensely personal infantry experience, Operation Flashpoint: Red River invites players to enlist as one of the four members of a US Marine Corps fireteam and fight through a substantial campaign mode and standalone. Fireteam Engagements. Up to four players can enjoy the unique Operation Flashpoint experience across all game modes with seamless drop-in drop-out co-operative play. Whether playing solo or co-operatively, players can build up XP across all modes to unlock weapons, skills and modifications for their class, customising their loadouts to suit their preferred style of play.
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