Posts Tagged ‘Tripwire Interactive’

Rising Storm Has Risen Over The Internet

By Jim Rossignol on May 31st, 2013.


Rising Storm - a quasi-sideways-sequel-but-also-merger with the splendid Red Orchestra 2 – has been released. As you might expect, it’s a multiplayer FPS where US Army and Marine Corps battles the Imperial Japanese Army across the Pacific theatre.

I’m planning on spending a little time with this – I’m generally reminded of why I always get a kick out of this series of games, particularly with the asymmetrical nature of the two factions, as well as suppression and morale stuff. Anyway, more on this soon, so in the meantime go watch the launch trailer below.
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Red Orchestra 2 Free Weekend, Map Splendour, OSX

By Jim Rossignol on April 5th, 2013.


It’s magical double-news time for splendid World War II multiplayer (because World War II was totally multiplayer) shooter Red Orchestra 2, with the appearance of new (although actually mostly old) maps via their big mapping competition, and a free weekend on the Steams. Relatedly, these event coincide with news of the arrival of the original game, Ostfront 41-45, on non-windows based operating system for rich people, OSX. The new maps are from the Counterattack contest, and include Winterwald (overall winner, and snowy place), Arad 2 Tanks (which is the Red Orchestra map delivered unto RO2 for tank-war), Rakowice (also a Red Orchestra map, with Russians attacking an airfield), and Stalingrad Kessel (a user-made Red Orchestra map). And all that should amount to more places to make men meet their maker. As in God, not map maker. That would be weird.

Anyway! There’s a video of the new maps below.
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Tripwire’s Rising Storm Whips Up A Trailer

By Craig Pearson on March 27th, 2013.


Red Orchestra 2 occupies some space on my hard-drive. I keep it there, along with Sniper Elite V2 and Build & Shoot, to satisfy a basic need I have to shoot at a tiny cluster of pixels in the distance and hope that their widows are weeping come the end of the round. I’m not a super expert at it, but it’s satisfying enough for me to keep my sights trained on the upcoming Pacific-based Rising Storm, Tripwire’s mod-gone-pro expansion thing.
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Mods And Monsters: Killing Floor Joins Steam Workshop

By Adam Smith on September 24th, 2012.

Killing Floor knows all about mods, having been one itself. They never tidy their rooms, leaving files scattered all over internets and hard drives alike, and trying to organise them is like trying to herd cats. The multiplayer horrorshow is gathering all its mods in one place, the increasingly active Steam Workshop, which should make keeping track of maps and modes much easier. Tripwire will also be adding Steam Workshop support to Red Orchestra 2, which is receiving a paid for expandomod by the name of Rising Storm. I’ve got a load of notes about that which I shall compile later this week. There are booby traps, flamethrowers and kamikaze bayonet stabbings, all of which I approve of in games though I frown at them in life.

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Weather Or Not: Tripwire Show Off Rising Storm

By Jim Rossignol on September 6th, 2012.

Oh, he needs a step ladder.
Tripwire have released a bunch of footage of Rising Storm, narrated and explained by the lead dev. It shows some of the extremely diverse maps, as well as the combat in those environments. There’s some great detail in there, showing features such as Japanese riflemen using their grenades as boobytrap mines. Oddly, Heroes Of Stalingrad multiplayer is going to be included in this expansion, which basically means that by buying Rising Storm you’re going to get the meat of both games for free. That might raise a few eyebrows among the existing Red Orchestra onwership. Anyway, detailed nine-minute gameplay trailer below. Take a look!
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Summertime And The Killin’ Is Easy: Killing Floor

By Adam Smith on July 10th, 2012.

Killing Floor is an acquired taste, or at least it was for me, like chugging down a bucket full of rust and blood, with accents so dodgy they’d taken on form and floated atop the grungy broth like cockney croutons. Where Left 4 Dead directs the players’ progress, toying with them, Killing Floor has the player run around in circles, waggling their most succulent parts at the mutants and freaks, encouraging pursuit. Crowd control, herding, elimination; it’s a butchery simulation with cattle that bite back. This summer’s special event, the Summer Slideshow 2012, adds new levels, enemies and guns. The trailer would have given me nightmares when I was a boy.

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Say “Iwo Iwo” To Rising Storm

By Craig Pearson on January 25th, 2012.

We're all going on a... summer holiday.
Game development hint: if you’re going to place your game in a real setting, make it an island paradise. That way you can claim a holiday on company expenses. I’ll bet the developers of this officially supported mod have spent the last six months laughing it up in the Pacific while they brought Iwo Jima into Red Orchestra 2′s chilly war. The Rising Storm team are suntanned and well-rested, and celebrating their jaunt with the dramatic trailer of their work we present below.

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Z-Axis: Red Orchestra 2 SDK Rolls Out

By Jim Rossignol on January 11th, 2012.


Red Orchestra 2 SDK at night, modders delight. THAT should have been my headline, but alas it did not fit. Tripwire explain that these tools are now available to everyone who owns the game: “While the limited functionality preview versions of the SDK have been available to select modders for a while, this release now makes the full capabilities of the Mod SDK available to everyone. Users can now make and publish everything from simple mods and mutators, through custom maps and on to full total conversion mods.” The chaps at Tripwire also point out that there are already some mods in progress with the pre-release SDK: Rising Storm, In Country Vietnam, and Iron Europe.

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Santa Leaving Presents On Killing Floor

By Jim Rossignol on December 7th, 2011.

Santa, no!
The Tripwire guys do like a bit of seasonal celebration in their Killing Floor. This year they’re gifting us with “the Winter Weapon Pack, with seven brand new weapons complete with new achievements, free to everyone who owns the game” but there’s also an entirely new level, the Ice Cave, which you can check out for free, even if you do not own the game, thanks the free weekend on the Steam from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th December. There’s other exciting new DLC, too, such as the Steampunk pack, which lets you dress like one of those digital distribution punks, I think. Hmm.

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Tripwire Release RO2 “State Of The Game”

By Jim Rossignol on October 8th, 2011.


Tripwire Interactive have released a large statement on the “the state of the game” for Red Orchestra 2, a statement which you can read in full below. It addresses both the commercial success of the game and the technical failures in the opening weeks. The company admit that: “To put it bluntly, the game had a rough launch. We’ve been working diligently since launch to get these issues sorted and have made great progress fixing issues with matchmaking, VOIP, and stability as well as improving performance.”

The company claim to have addressed most of the issues, and will now be doing a stats reset due to problems with how people were earning stats and achievements. Hopefully things will be smoother sailing from here. We’ve requested an interview with Tripwire to talk about some of these issues and future prospects for the game.
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Wot I Think: Red Orchestra 2

By Jim Rossignol on September 21st, 2011.

Caught in the crosshair. That could be a visual metaphor, couldn't it? Gosh. Clever.
Last week’s launch of Red Orchestra 2: Heroes Of Stalingrad was a troubled one. With a seemingly overwhelming number of players reporting bugs and performance issues, it stumbled into commercial release still reeling from the flashbangs of development. Can Tripwire’s brutal shooter sequel get past this quagmire of problems and snatch victory from the jaws of crashbugs? Here’s Wot I Think.
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