After 8 years of silence from the Spec Ops series, it’s resurrection is incoming.
Already banned in the Arab Emirates for its depiction of Dubai after a catastrophic disaster, Spec Ops: The Line is a new and upcoming game that reveals the true and tearing story behind special operations. The player controls Captain Martin Walker who is supported by a Delta Force bravo team, with the objective of obtaining John Konrad, a U.S. Army Colonel who remained in Dubai. In order to complete this the player must travel across the vast wasteland that is now Dubai, neutralising hostiles and evading natural disasters in order to reach their goal.
The game revolves around the natural sandstorms that strike Dubai to create dynamic change of terrain throughout the game. This process is run by an unpredictable engine, randomising where, when and how destructive each event will be. These sandstorms may open or close routes to the players as well as turn the tables in a firefight.
A multiplayer mode will be involved although the full details of this are yet to be disclosed. Yager describes the multiplayer as a campaign that expands the single-player experience. We do know that there will multiple mode types with at least a few focusing on terrain deformation and expansion.
The storyline of Spec Ops: The Line takes no background from previous Spec Ops games but follows its own unique tale. Captain Martin Walker has been inserted into a post-apocalyptic Dubai with an elite squad of Delta Force bravo soldiers. A once rich Dubai has been stricken by catastrophic sand storms. Many were evacuated leaving only a few behind.
Colonel John Konrad refused to leave Dubai and instead stayed behind to protect the citizens that could not escape. The Army feared the worst until a weak distress call was received, breathing new life into the search. This gave reason for the deployment of Walker and his team who must infiltrate Dubai, neutralising outlaws and attempting to uncover the mystery of Konrad. The official website for The Line does hint that the Colonel’s motives of remaining were not entirely genuine.
The player must traverse this harsh landscape making decisions that effect the whole game and its continuance. A small decision at the start may reverberate and come back to haunt them later in the game. Your team will remember your actions and may owe you a favour or hold a grudge.
With a release date of June 26, 2012, we could be seeing more from Spec Ops: The Line and discover the extent of the fissured storyline. Check back for more.