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11:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Download Red Orchestra 2 on Steam for free

Tripwire Interactive has given the heads up that its multiplayer World War II shooter Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad will be free to download -- and keep forever! -- as part of a 24-hour deal on Steam, starting tomorro...

Jordan Devore


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10:00 PM on 04.04.2013

Red Orchestra 2 is free to play this weekend on Steam

Not content with just being included in this week's Humble Bundle offer, Tripwire Interactive's Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is free for you to try this weekend on Steam. The World War II multiplayer shooter has also...

Alasdair Duncan

7:30 PM on 04.02.2013

Visit the Killing Floor in this week's Humble Bundle

Whilst these new weekly Humble Bundle deals might lack pizazz of the main bundles, they're still a great way to pick up some games for a few dollars. This week, it's the turn of Tripwire Interactive to be included in the...

Alasdair Duncan

7:30 PM on 03.29.2013

Visit the Pacific theater of war in Rising Storm

Coming from an eclectic team made up of developers from Tripwire Interactive and community modders, Rising Storm is looking to take Red Orchestra's style of World War II combat into the Pacific theater with more guns, explos...

Jason Cabral



Did Call of Duty ruin a generation of gamers? photo
Did Call of Duty ruin a generation of gamers?
by Jim Sterling

Tripwire Interactive president John Gibson is disappointed in this generation of gamers, and the Red Orchestra developer lays the blame at the feet of Call of Duty. According to Gibson, who focus tested some hardcore CoD fans, Activision's shooter series has ruined their brains.

"I'm really discouraged by the current state of multiplayer shooters," he complained to PC Gamer. "I think that, and I hate to mention names, because it sounds like 'I'm just jealous of their success,' but I’m really, I feel like Call of Duty has almost ruined a generation of FPS players. I know that’s a bold statement, but I won’t just throw stones without backing it up.

"When I was developing Action Mode [for RO2], I got a group of people that I know that are pretty hardcore Call of Duty players. And my goal was to create something that was accessible enough for them to enjoy the game -- not turn it into Call of Duty, but try to make something that I thought was casual enough but with the Red Orchestra gameplay style that they would enjoy. And we iterated on it a lot. And just listening to all the niggling, pedantic things that they would complain about, that made them not want to play the game, I just thought, 'I give up. Call of Duty has ruined this whole generation of gamers.'"

So Gibson tried to make Red Orchestra 2 appeal to CoD fans in particular, then got frustrated when those CoD fans wanted things from CoD in it? What? Huh? That ... doesn't make sense.

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10:45 AM on 06.08.2012

Red Orchestra 2 cuts price in half and adds friend pass

Red Orchestra 2 recently had a free-to-play weekend, and it was wildly successful. The influx of new players was a good start, but Tripwire has decided to do even more to bring players into the game. Red Orchestra 2 is n...

Joshua Derocher



Red Orchestra 2 is getting a free content pack and more photo
Red Orchestra 2 is getting a free content pack and more
by Jordan Devore

Tripwire Interactive has announced a Game of the Year Edition for Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, and unlike how many studios tend to handle this situation, they're putting out the new content as a free update. What's more, the game is getting a free Steam weekend starting at 10:00am Pacific on Thursday, May 24.

The Game of the Year Edition content includes a new map, Mamayev Kurgan; an Action mode that has easier aiming, crosshairs, less recoil and damage, and wider access to weaponry; a Classic mode for long-time Red Orchestra fans; and numerous tweaks to gameplay and game performance.

For an extensive list of changes, head to the page. Tripwire has also put together a little video discussing the update and why it came about.

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Preview: Three 1C Company games worthy of a gander photo
Preview: Three 1C Company games worthy of a gander
by Ryan Perez

[UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that factual errors have been made with regards to this preview, and that only one of 1C's titles, Royal Quest, will be free to play, whereas the other two mentioned titles will be retail. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused readers, and for any trouble this may have caused 1C Company. For more information on the titles mentioned, please visit 1C Company's website.]

Unless you're a fan of the Red Orchestra series, I'd be willing to bet that most of you have never heard of 1C. In fact, most people haven't even had many opportunities to play games from its country of origin ... with the exception of Tetris. Yes, 1C is based out of Russia, that mystical land where most of us Americans assume bears run rampant and nobody ever smiles.

One amazing fact about Russia is that people there actually play video games -- even the ones that involve them foaming at the mouth. I had the chance to check out a few of these so-called "Russian games," one of which will be completely free to play.

So if you feel like trying something different, and, heck, aren't against the idea of potentially gaining a bit of culture in the process, then see what games are coming out of that country where you don't play videogame, videogame plays you.

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9:30 PM on 01.11.2012

Red Orchestra 2 Mod SDK unleased on Steam

Tripwire Interactive is staying true to their mod maker roots by releasing the full Red Orchestra 2 Mod SDK today. If you own the game, you can start tinkering by downloading the SDK from the tools section on Steam. A limited...

Maurice Tan

10:30 PM on 10.07.2011

Red Orchestra 2 gets all stats and achievements reset

Red Orchestra 2 had a rough launch. While it is a great game, there were some serious issues to deal with, including bugs. One of those issues was stats not being recorded correctly. Players would sometimes have random and lu...

Joshua Derocher



Review: Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad photo
Review: Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad
by Joshua Derocher

World War II has never been this interesting. Five years ago, most gamers where tired of seeing WWII games, and now the cool kids are playing modern warfare shooters. If you're sick of the current trend in this genre, and want something that's a little bit different, then have I got a game for you.

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5:15 PM on 09.02.2011

New maps for Red Orchestra 2 beta and screenshots

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad is shaping up to be the sleeper-hit shooter of 2011. The beta went live earlier this week, and fans are in love with the game. If you are one of the lucky ones in the beta, there are thre...

Joshua Derocher

12:30 PM on 08.31.2011

Red Orchestra 2 beta is up for Deluxe Edition pre-orders

If you pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad, you can finally play the beta. This goes for anyone who has already purchased the game, and anyone who buys it before launch. This first wave of ...

Joshua Derocher

12:30 PM on 08.23.2011

Multiplayer footage of the Red Orchestra 2 beta

If you read our preview of Red Orchestra 2, you might be anxious to see some actual gameplay. Tripwire Interactive just released a high-definition video showing off a couple minutes worth. It's very hectic, and many differen...

Joshua Derocher

5:15 PM on 08.02.2011

Red Orchestra 2 pre-purchase and Portal 2 price details

If you're one of the many multiplayer FPS fans that are excited about the upcoming Red Orchestra 2, then get your wallets primed. As of today you can pre-purchase the sequel to Tripwire Interactive's WW2 shooter.  There'...

Alasdair Duncan

4:45 PM on 07.29.2011

Tripwire Interactive launches its own online store

Killing Floor and Red Orchestra developer TripWire Interactive has launched its own online store where you can buy fun-looking merchandise from some of the studio's big titles. There's not a great deal of range to pick from r...

Alasdair Duncan