New Battlefield To Be Announced This Friday

By Quintin Smith on November 3rd, 2010 at 11:59 am.

Soldiers: Grumpycats.

EG report that Easy, developers of Battlefield Heroes, will be announcing a “completely new” Battlefield title this Friday. Easy’s general manager also let it be known that the title won’t be (a) Battlefield 3, or (b) Battlefield Assault, which is the name of a domain EA picked up recently.

Sometimes I think RPS is two sites. One of them is called Hot Manshoots, and the other is called The Indie Lagoon, and I don’t think they can co-exist forever. There will come a time when we’ll all have to pick sides. Which side would you fight for, readers?

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83 Comments »

  1. Navagon says:

    Battlefield: Modern Whorefest.

  2. frags says:

    The Indie Lagoon anytime

  3. Badger says:

    Lagoon forever, Manshoots never

  4. jeremypeel says:

    We could always become a virtual swingers club called the Hot Indie Man Lagoon.

    What?

    • Quintin Smith says:

      Hot Indie Man Lagoon is a pretty good four word summary of RPS.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Well I certainly know what the RPS biopic is going to be called once you guys implode.

    • Nihileth says:

      Hot Indie Man Lagoon, HIML, which in Swedish would be pronounced [Himmel]” which is Swedish for Heaven, thus RPS = Heaven. Or something.

      Also: Where is the result for the chime contest :(

  5. coldwave says:

    Hot Manshoots

  6. mrmud says:

    Manshoots over many of the indie games showcased on the site.
    That said there are indie games (such as AI war) that are a bit more interesting and playable.

  7. Dreamhacker says:

    Manshoot side. I hear the Indie Lagoon side wants slavery to stay legal!

  8. the wiseass says:

    More like Manpoops. There I said it. INDIE LAGOON FOREVER!

  9. Heliocentric says:

    Notch has bought out EA with his billions of minecraft profits. Minecraft: Battlefield (note the order of the titles) will be released october next year.

    • frags says:

      I loled. But I’m guessing an MMOFPS.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      Massive Minecraft Online First Person Shoveler?

      It has a cover system: you build some cover, then hide behind it.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Wow! No one can bitch about the cover system when it’s your fault as the player for building it!

      Brilliant!

  10. Saul says:

    Indie Lagoon has got it ‘goon on.

  11. Malibu Stacey says:

    Indie lagoon forever.
    Manshooting was already boring in 2007 & other than the very notable exception of Team Fortress 2 (which doesn’t really fit the “angryfaced manshooting” template anyway) it’s thus far been unchanged even with multiple releases of the same tired old franchises rehashing the same tired template every year.

    • Barnaby says:

      I agree with this sentiment. Doesn’t mean I’m not still holding my breath hoping for something new and exciting. The mixture of FPS games with RPG elements is fantastic, and even more so those that include co-op.

      What I’d really slay babies for is a fantasy based FPS that focused on a wealth of spell based skills, where aiming would be an important factor (no auto-aim please). Oblivion did this but the variation in spells and spell animations was pretty limited.

    • Jad says:

      I only played the demo, but it sounds like Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is what you are looking for.

  12. Tiktaalik says:

    Indie lagoon obv. You manshoots people aren’t real RPSers. I hear you don’t even have souls!

  13. mlaskus says:

    I refuse to choose between the two!

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      Thermal Ions says:

      Hear, Hear. I enjoy balancing my frivolous manshoot sessions (combined with occassional head accoutrement) with some indie goodness.

    • Starky says:

      I agree, though I fear if this was based on played hours, I’d land firmly in the Manshooter camp.

      I love me some hot Indie action, but usually they work out MUCH more expensive in terms of hours played per £ than the man shoots.

      Especially when I buy most of my AAA shooters in steam sales or discount/cheap online retail.

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    AndrewC says:

    I choose Infinite And Empty Space.

  15. Mashakosha says:

    There will come a time when an Indie Manshoots will arrive and we shall be forever united.
    I wouldn’t like to pick a side either way. The ensuing battle would tear me apart mentally.

  16. rissky says:

    hot manshoot is awesome, and frankly was the only reason i picked up on rps in the first place, but since then i’ve discovered the joys of indie awesomeness; but as i’ve got the attention span of a newborn kitten, and like shooting men in the face i need the happy happy joy joy of indieness interspersed with man shoot.

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    JB says:

    You ask me to choose
    There really is no contest
    Indie lagoon, ho!

  18. Schmung says:

    There are plenty of Indie manshoiots out there. They deserve more attention TBH

  19. CMaster says:

    You see, I spend a lot of my time playing manshoots and all. But I probably wouldn’t come here if that was all it offered. At the same time, I love some indie gems that are out there. But what I really love, what I constantly want to see are games that expand the interaction we can have. I want to see first person games that break out of the “refrigerator box” model (looks like Brink might be the first to do this since The Opera). I want to see games where we can interact beyond blowing things up, or “use x on y to solve puzzle”. And neither hot manshoots resistant to change as they are, or the majority of Indie games, typically being focussed on refining one key mechanic deliver on. So I keep coming to RPS for neither of those sides – I’m one of those bystanders in the middle who’ll get cut down in the crossfire :(

    (Basically, every time I fire up RPS, I hope to see an article that basically says “OMG, it’s like Deus Ex all over again. It makes all other games look stale and limiting. BUY NOW!”. Sadly it doesn’t look that likley, although Dwarf Fortress (for all its unplayableness), Minecraft and AI War have all been lights of hope.

  20. Serenegoose says:

    I cannot pick a side! As much as the Indie Lagoon has the innovation, manshoots has SHOOTING MANS, an activity I enjoy greatly! Can’t we unite the two in love forever?

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    UW says:

    I choose both.

    • Lyramiel says:

      I choose Rapture.

    • Serenegoose says:

      A city where the Manshooters would not fear the haughty condemnation of the Indies.
      Where the marksman would not be bound by petty sportsmanship.
      Where the innovative would not be constrained by the derivative.
      And with the sweat of your index finger, Rapture can be your city as well.

  22. Joshua says:

    I’d go Witcher Style Neutral.

  23. Kast says:

    But I want indie manshoooooooots!

  24. JustOneWay says:

    “Developer announces that they will be making an announcment” stories make me sad :-(

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      Thermal Ions says:

      The fact that game journalists seemingly increasingly denigrate themselves by lapping such press releases up from publishers makes me a little sad and quite a bit disappointed.

  25. Miko says:

    My amount of interest in Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Halo, etc, is best measured with an atomic scale and a pair of tweezers. I’m rather more interested in Brink and a few others, but if it weren’t for Team Fortress 2 the whole genre of first-person shooters could disappear into the nether void and I wouldn’t give a hoot.

    Come to think of it, I’d like to see, oh, a five-year moratorium on first-person shooters. If you’re working on one release it by end of 2011. Release anything that could be described as an FPS in the period of 2012 – 2017, all your profits are confiscated and you go to prison. I daresay we’d see a hell of a lot more original ideas and maybe even whole new genres spring up.

    • Kast says:

      No, they’d all just make 3rd person ‘action-adventure’ games and free-to-play MMOs instead.

    • Thants says:

      I’d also like it if developers only made games that interest me personally.

    • Miko says:

      How cynical you are, Kast! And don’t get me wrong, I liked FPSes as much as the next man. Possibly more than most. But the genre is beyond saturated. I’ve filled up on shooty shooty the bad men with the assault rifle so much that it’s coming out of my ears and nose. There seems to be an infinite and paradoxically steadily growing number of FPSes out there – hell, the rate at which their production is growing is growing – and they’re increasingly difficult to distinguish from each other in any way.

  26. Tei says:

    re: lagon vs manshooters

    Why I would ignore seriusly awesome games?, both of course.

  27. adonf says:

    I’d choose the Indie Lagoon because I don’t understand anything that’s related to war, uniforms or guns. But the manshoot reports are entertaining to read even when they make no sense to me so please keep them and the indie stuff together on the same site.

    By the way, what does “Cover me” mean ? I’ve heard the expression a million time without really caring but it’s an order in a game I’m playing now

    • CMaster says:

      @adonf
      Basically that while you move, the person you instructed to “cover you” should remain in position and neutralize (or supress) anyone who attempts to fire on you.

    • adonf says:

      Hmmm yes, I think I understand. The important part is not “Shoot every bad guy you see” which is the default NPC behaviour but “Stop following me while I move”. Alright, thank you CMaster.

    • phuzz says:

      @adonf
      Correct, except there are no NPCs in war.

      (or winners, respawns, healthpacks or good outcomes)

  28. subversus says:

    both

  29. Maykael says:

    This is a site about PC games. Both indie and big studio ones. If you only looked at indie, who would be there to laugh at Medal of Honor. Quinns, stop trolling! :P

    Also for the Indie Lagoon guys: Are you guys telling me that you’ve never enjoyed a triple-A games and that you would not like them covered by RPS? Really?

  30. Ergates says:

    Hot Lagoons do it for me.

  31. Lucas says:

    Please don’t post announcements of announcements. That said, 2143 or bust!

  32. pagad says:

    This is ridiculous. RPS doesn’t specialise in a type of PC game, it covers them all. If it were to specialise in either manshoots or obscure indie titles it would suffer for it.

  33. Mattressi says:

    I don’t think the question should be “indie vs FPS”, but more of a “real PC game vs repetitive, badly-ported console game”. I love FPS games, but I absolutely despise BF:BC2, MW2, MoH and all of the other terrible on-rails console shooters.

    If I had to choose, I’d go indie, definitely; but I still like old FPS games and some of the newer ones (like ArmA, Red Orchestra, Stalker series etc). I like RPS because it doesn’t pander to the “triple A” (why are they called that? They’re all so terrible!) FPS titles like certain other sites *cough*PC Gamer*cough*, even if you do still report on them. I like that you guys tend to be much more excited about indie games and games that look like they aren’t just crappy ports, than about titles from EA, Ubisoft and Activision.

    The reason I came here was because of the great pieces on Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress. The reason I left PC Gamer was because of the amount of coverage of “triple A” titles compared to the smaller titles.

    • P3RF3CT D3ATH says:

      PC Gamer talk about ARMA II and Minecraft all the damn time. They even talk about Dwarf Fortress as well but not as much as the other two.

  34. Chris says:

    Am I allowed L4D(2) on the grounds that it was an indie TC before being bought up by Valve? Please?

    I don’t find myself in the position of caring less about MW & derivatives (played CoD4, call back when you do something different kthxbi), but I do love me some shooty goodness when done properly. Besides, I suck at platformers.

    Besides, are we really saying that we want to stop talking about STALKER (with or without full stops)? (slinks back to KotOR, picked up for pocket change in the last Steam sale, which is neither)

  35. Mike says:

    Noooo, don’t stop doing either Indie or Commercial games! That’s why I love RPS so much. You guys report on both. Also, subscribed. I might even be able to swing a few bucks in the future (really poor right now). Keep being awesome!

  36. Shazbut says:

    Given that you can make a game that is first-person-literally-anything-other-than-shooting and it will inspire considerable critical commentary all over the net, with many going well out of their way to overlook any gaping flaws it might have, (such as it not making sense or being incredibly boring), it would seem that FPS dominance has outstayed it’s welcome in the minds of anyone with more than a passing interest in gaming and a capacity or predisposition to think about it, for at least a generation. Also, if said game has any kind of interpersonal element at all, at least one person will describe it as “moving”, and may even claim it made them cry.

    Ordinary manshoots can provide some low-grade fun, but only in the way that masturbating in the dead of night in an underground toilet because you missed the last cab and have to do something can be considered fun. Otherwise, they are lifeless. They are from a cold and dead place which is poisonous to creativity, maturity, progression, and everything good.

    So the other one. Indie Lagoon.

    • mlaskus says:

      Hey, don’t knock masturbation, it’s sex with someone I love!

  37. pagad says:

    Over-saturation of anything at all is a bad thing, whether it’s Modern Warfare 2 or Minecraft. Please, guys, can we not sink to ugly elitism.

  38. JonFitt says:

    So is this the announcement of the announcement?

    I think I must have missed the announcement of the announcement of the announcement. Damn, my hype for this game is ruined.

  39. oatish says:

    I like games what are played with dices and paper…

    can we have some of those?

    and dinner?

  40. trooperdx3117 says:

    How about manshoots in a lagoon, does that seem like a fair comprimise?

  41. Jimbo says:

    RPGs N’ Shit.

  42. Nick says:

    hmm, if its not Battlefield 3 I don’t really give a flying monkey bollock.

  43. Shadrach says:

    Red Orchestra is a Hot Manshooter Indie! Yay!

  44. westyfield says:

    BF: 2142: 2 please, thanks.

    Hot manshoots and indie lagoonery are both fantastic, I refuse to choose between the two. Much like pirates and ninjas, there will come a day when both can work together for the good of all.

  45. timfraserbrown says:

    Battlefield: Good Company? Just 5 guys getting along, having fun in the wilderness?

    • westyfield says:

      Frolicking in the indie Lagoon?

    • dragon_hunter21 says:

      Battlefield: Good Company could be a real shooter simulator. Y’know, spend 35 hours on patrol, then have somebody get sniped and wait another half-hour for an airstrike to arrive to destroy the building the sniper’s in.

  46. DOS4GW says:

    If this turns out to be Battlefield 2143 I am going to implode with joy. Please o please o please.

    • coldwave says:

      Damn, I wish.

      Berlin was my favorite map in every BF ever.

  47. Ted says:

    if it has more than 64 players per battle, then I don’t really care what timeframe/line this game it.
    maybe itsa BF: 2242, but I bet its going to be … different.
    I really doubt it’ll be a continuation of of of DICE’s things.
    here’s betting its F2P

  48. Isaac says:

    The beard-y guy in the middle hails from a part of the uncanny valley I am not familiar with. There’s nothing obviously wrong with him(unlike the Bethesda style zombie-robots) but he looks so off …

  49. DXN says:

    There will come a time when we’ll all have to pick sides. Which side would you fight for, readers?

    You’re just trying to cut your workload in half, aren’t you? But you won’t catch me out with your clever tricks, Smith! I definitely like and want to read about both.

  50. Zwebbie says:

    Hot Manshoots? Indie Lagoon? I only visit RPS for the puns.