OpFlash: Red River – First Footage

Codemasters are slowly pushing the hype machine into higher gears for the release of Operation Flashpoint: Red River, which is due in the second quarter of next year. This is the first chance we’ve had to see of the revamped engine in action. It’s looking rather pretty – vast, lavish landscapes being the thing that the previous Operation Flashpoint did best. We hear word that Codies learned from some of the mistakes of that game, however, and are working hard to make missions more interesting this time around. Anyway, go take a look. The trailer below is all in-engine, although generally not actual game footage, and features some peculiar narration. Notice how it starts off as some kind of speech about brothers in arms, and then veers off into pseudo-political commentary. Odd.


  1. Javier-de-Ass says:

    AMURIKA! the fuck is going on with that voiceover. shut the hell up already

  2. qeloqoo says:

    It’s always fun how US marines protect America all over the world… in Iraq, China and who knows where.

    • Skurmedel says:

      They are battling China, in Afgha… I mean Tajikistan! What an amazing turn of events, was Tom Clancy involved in this?

    • torchedEARTH says:

      …where theres oil.

    • The Hon. Reverend Fred Gherkin says:

      Even on planet LV-426!

    • Gap Gen says:

      Eh, I imagine it’s generally preferable to protect a country by fighting in somewhere that isn’t that country. Plus, protection is a relative term – if you lose a shipping lane or a friendly country becomes less friendly, that harms your country. Every country is self-interested, and we should be thankful that America is one of the more benign possible superpowers out there (possibly as I like liberal democracy, so our interests are aligned).

  3. Howard says:

    I’ve lost track of this slightly: is it an expansion, expandalone or full new game?

  4. Matt Casey says:

    The game looks ok. But that voice over script… Were they trying deliberatly to be a piss take of the genre?

  5. Turin Turambar says:

    New game, Howard.

    Landscapes looks nice, soldiers and vehicles more “normal”.
    Gameplay, well, we don’t know, but from the video it seems slightly more varied than the first game.

  6. Xercies says:

    I’m guessing thats what Americans want out f there military porn now, because there not getting it in real life.

    “Americans are great we must protect it from the world, IEDs are actually there when we say they are, china is evil commies, so are russians. Get out of our way or we will kill you with our rage fire. AAHHH”

    • lurkalisk says:

      Some how I doubt American armed forces have a reason to lie about the nature and location of improvised explosive devices…

    • rulleundt says:

      And yet, they do.

    • Fumarole says:

      IEDs =/= WMDs

    • GoodPatton says:

      Oh yeah, sweet America gun nuttery stroking off to the sweet gun porn and patriotism, watch out where they let off their loadout.

    • lurkalisk says:

      @rulleundt – Lying about the location of (what are most often) homemade anti-vehicle mines? For all I know, they might, but has this ever really been an issue anyone cared about?

  7. Player1 says:

    This is soooo cheesy that i just lost interest in this game… man this pseudo-we-are-the-best-there-is-crap is getting on my nerves.

  8. Bascule42 says:

    What they meant to say is…

    link to tubedubber.com

    (Nod to the OP on BI forums)
    ((html, uhhh?))

  9. Matt says:

    “We feast on the fury of battle?” No US military recruiter would use that phrase, ever.

  10. Geir says:

    As always, CM are pushing the envelope on terrain and detail. Excited to see more, but this voiceover is just awful. Cheesy, overdone in the extreme.

  11. The Great Skratsby says:

    My oh my. Operation Flashpoint, what have they done to you. Sigh.

    • day says:

      “My oh my. Operation Flashpoint, what have they done to you. Sigh.”

    • Ozymandias says:

      Essentially, stole the name and made their own game, forcing the real developers to have to use a different name… ARMA

    • P3RF3CT D3ATH says:

      It got raped and violated for the mainstream audience. I don’t like the mainstream audience any more. Oh well. I’m going to go back to playing ARMA again.

  12. Phinor says:

    I know a good starting point towards making a game for humans. Change the FOV so that human beings can actually play your game.

    Ps. This tip was free.

  13. Hensler says:

    As a US Marine I can say, as cheesy as that voice over is, it sounds a lot like every predeployment speech I’ve ever heard a field-grade officer give. I can visualize the voiceover in this clip coming from a full bird trying for a star pretty easy. Try to stand in formation listening to that for 45 minutes and not crack up laughing.

    Still, OFP2 was worth the $5 I paid during the Steam sale, so I’ll give this one a chance once the price drops dramatically ( probably about a month after it’s released).

    • StoneMason says:

      Hell, I payed $40 for Dragon Rising and definitely played enough to get my moneys worth, didn’t change the fact that the game was a complete fucking travesty. Every element was so brain achingly poorly designed, Codemasters will have their work cut out for them making this title worthwhile.

      I really hope they do it because at night, with the HUD off, DR was one of the most atmospheric and immersive games I’ve played.

    • SprintJack says:


      I guess you played around with mission editor then?
      Becouse this time there won’t be any.

  14. neinei says:

    Okay; it *should* be possible to release a mainstream modern-day military FPS without turning it into obnoxious propaganda. Really.

  15. PendragonUK says:

    A couple of questions from a PC gamer and clan admin…


    If not then just like the last one it’s a bust. We will happily continue with ArmA:2

    • HybridHalo says:

      I’m with Pendragon on this one.

      I hated every second of OpFlash 2, coming from Arma 2 I literally felt like someone who had all their toys taken away. Codemasters are going to have to make some drastic improvements for me to be buy Red River.

      But I don’t believe it’s an impossibility, there is room for a well designed, smooth running but smaller military sim in my heart.

    • P3RF3CT D3ATH says:

      Don’t forget about the editor.

  16. beefchief says:

    this trailer hurts me inside.

  17. believeinurselfok says:

    The game actually looks pretty good. OFP DR might not have been as deep as Arma II but it certainly captured the larger map tactical firefights that almost no FPS do these days. five years ago we had a few that attempted… like Hidden and Dangerous and Ghost Recon. So I’m glad they are actually making a sequel.

    And yeah it is a “America! Fuck Yea!” game, would have been more interesting if they did an American Civil War game taking place between a splinter US state like Texas/Arizona trying to break off from the Union. We need more creativity than just another ‘brown people r enemies!’ game.

  18. Shadrach says:

    So how long you guys think before the first Korean War 2 game from these guys?

  19. Caleb367 says:

    More Operation Failpoint, yay.
    Besides, believeinurselfok, you’ve got a pretty neat idea. Hmm. I’ve got this tiny little Arma 2 editor…

  20. A-Scale says:

    I hope this iteration of the game is less janky and more immersive, as Dragon Rising was ass.

  21. jackflash says:

    That was one of the most moronic game trailers I have ever seen.

  22. Tommo says:

    What a load of American ball licking drivel that preview was AND coming from an UK development team!?

  23. a says:

    American here. Just wanted to say I’m as embarrassed as you guys. Beautiful world we live in, eh?

  24. lu says:

    ARMA 2 ‘s maps ed tools

    nuff said

  25. phenom_x8 says:

    love the first OPFLASH (2001 release). Never try the second installment at all (because of hardware restriction /Onboard graphic).

    Is there any WOT about this game in RPS??