"To be honest, it doesn't look too great."
After a post-mortem presentation at GDC Europe, Spec Ops: The Line design lead Jorg Friedrich spoke to Joystiq about the underwhelming sales of Yager's debut and the developer's future. Though Friedrich wouldn't give any details about the project, he hinted that it would not be a Spec Ops sequel.
"Not every title will meet our sales targets," Take-Two Interactive chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said last month, during an investor call. Despite a strong marketing push and positive reviews (the Xbox 360 version currently has a 76 on Metacritic), Spec Ops failed to find an audience that would justify the game's long development cycle and budget.
What Friedrich regrets most is the use of achievements in the game that rewards players for their moral choices. He called it a mistake and a failure. I think this is a pretty dramatic response to something that has been present since the release of Bioshock. It's never bothered me one bit and players are always able to turn off notifications.
|4:00 PM on 03.28.2013|
Can Battlefield 4's narrative be relevant after Spec Ops?
In lieu of partying or whatever it is college kids are supposed to be doing, I decided that my number one priority this spring break would be to to replay Spec Ops: The Line. I joined the Spec Ops party a bit late, but t...more
|4:30 PM on 08.21.2012|
Yager adds free co-op mode to Spec Ops: The Line
It was always the narrative of Spec Ops: The Line that seemed most intriguing, though admittedly even that wasn't convincing enough for me -- not at $59.99, anyway. Even still, it's admirable of developer Yager to put out a c...more
|7:00 AM on 06.26.2012|
Review: Spec Ops: The Line
After all the door kicking, screaming, blindfire, grenade tossing, and turret handling, a soldier always walks away from battle alive with a strong moral compass intact. This last detail is the most disparate departure fro...more
|3:00 PM on 05.09.2012|
Spec Ops: The Line playable demo is up now, it's awesome
2K Games has released the playable for demo Spec Ops: The Line, and it's up for your downloading pleasure right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network. I was able to check it out myself earlier, and I was ac...more
|11:00 AM on 04.20.2012|
Here's a Spec Ops: The Line multiplayer trailer for you
Spec Ops: The Line boasts four-player class-based competitive multiplayer action for your enjoyment. A new trailer shows off the online features in which two factions -- The Damned and The Exiles -- will fight each other. Th...more
|5:30 PM on 04.07.2012|
PAX: Hands-on & chat with Spec Ops: The Line Lead Writer
At PAX East this week, Max Scoville stepped into an abandoned bus near the 2K booth to chat with Walt Williams, the Lead Writer of Spec Ops: The Line, which is set for release this June. Watch to learn more about the game's storyline, its cinematic influences, and how you can use sand to your advantage!more
|8:30 PM on 02.21.2012|
Spec Ops: The Line now set for release in late June
Spec Ops: The Line is gearing up for release on June 26, 2012 in North America and June 29 for international audiences. As much as I'm still down for third-person shooters, it's mostly the setting and narrative tone -- the st...more
|8:00 AM on 12.22.2011|
Guitars and gunfire fill this Spec Ops: The Line trailer
I think I last saw this game at E3 two years ago, and heard very little about it since. Those worried that Spec Ops: The Line might be dead, however, can rest easy for Christmas with a brand new trailer. There's plenty...more
|7:00 AM on 11.22.2011|
Spec Ops: The Line had me question my morals
I'll admit it: when I first saw Spec Ops: The Line's debut teaser back at the Video Game Awards a couple of years ago, I kind of just shrugged it off. It looked cool, but not to the point where I was hooked into following it...more
|6:15 PM on 05.13.2013|
Take-Two's year led by Borderlands and NBA sales
Take-Two held its quarterly earnings call today to report on the end of its fourth-quarter and fiscal year. The company finished the year at a loss, but there were many bright spots to be optimistic about. Of particular note,...more
|12:00 PM on 05.13.2013|
New redaction-heavy The Bureau: XCOM Declassified trailer
There was a rocky period there where I wasn't so sure 2K would keep the XCOM shooter going. To hear that it's back, albeit with new branding, and still looks more or less like what I was hoping to get out of the game in its ...more
|7:00 AM on 05.13.2013|
XCOM Declassified is still a strategy game at heart
Following the huge success of last year's XCOM: Enemy Unknown comes The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, the latest entry to the now revitalized franchise. Developer 2K Marin is bringing us an origin story set at the start of the a...more