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Soldier of Fortune: Payback Announced

Activision officially announces Soldier of Fortune Pay Back, confirming rumors that another installment in the Soldier of Fortune series is in the offing (story). The announcement does not confirm reports we received that the game will be a value-priced project that's not being developed by series originator Raven (story), but we'll know soon enough, as Pay Back is slated for release next month for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. Update: EBgames (thanks Tiscali Games) lists the game's developer as Activision and its price as $39.99 which seems to answer both of those previous questions. The first screenshots are on FileFront and a gameplay trailer is available for download on 3D Downloads, FileFront, and Gamer's Hell. Here's the announcement:

Santa Monica, CA -- Oct. 9, 2007 – Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today it will release the next generation of the long-awaited Soldier of Fortune game series this November with Soldier of Fortune® Payback. The saga continues with the organization known as “The Shop,” where players take on the role of a hired mercenary blasting through brutal do-or-die battle scenes in the world’s most dangerous criminal and terrorist hotspots.

Soldier of Fortune Payback evolves the signature gameplay of its predecessors with refined controls, tension-packed warzones, and an enemy damage system that may be shocking to even experienced FPS players. Boasting more weapons options than any previous Soldier of Fortune installment, Soldier of Fortune Payback’s impressive arsenal includes an array of more than 30 weapons including sub-machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, projectile explosives, weapon attachments and cutting-edge tactical weapons.

Soldier of Fortune Payback will satisfy online gamers with many of their favorite online multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Elimination, Team Elimination, Capture the Flag, and Demolition. Additional online options include maps tuned specifically for multiplayer action, persistent stat-tracking throughout the gamer’s online career, and many server settings for custom online play.

The - storyline reflects today’s trend of “outsourcing” wars. When a routine escort mission goes horribly wrong, freelance mercenary Thomas Mason finds himself battling an insidious enemy that knows no boundaries. Traditional armies can not handle these extremists – only underground guns for hire can fight a war this dirty and get results.

Soldier of Fortune Payback will be available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, and the PC. The game has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB and is scheduled for release in November 2007.

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36. Re: No subject Oct 10, 2007, 02:15 Dalumberjack
 
like Optimaximal poster this link:

http://kotaku.com/gaming/clip/new-soldier-of-fortune-gorefest-looks-much-better-308384.php

This is def. the old style of counting limbs and asking questions later.

For the budget price.. gotta love it



 
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35. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 21:37 Kosumo
 
Lol @ the guy kneeing on the car in image 5 (FileFront)

SoF2 mp was the peak of my online play.

SoF demo in the past with the train level was so impressive, must have killed everyone on that train a hundred times playing and show friends.

 
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34. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 21:24 Beamer
 
SoF2 MP demo was fun. But the single player game sucked, in my opinion (as did the original.) I was really, really excited for the random level generator, which was garbage. X-Com style tiles would have worked much better.


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33. No subject Oct 9, 2007, 20:55 space captain
 
always been a fan of SOF and SOF2.. lots of MP fun with those

trailer doesnt look too bad, a bit cheesy - but that fits with most offerings in the 'merc' theme

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32. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 20:21 Virus
 
Yea there's a story...



Bad guys are doing bad things, and you need to kill them.

End of story.

 
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31. No subject Oct 9, 2007, 20:13 cK
 
Wow that was exceptionally violent, I never played the first one. Is there actually a story or is this guy just a freelance mercenary taking on different missions?

 
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30. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 18:57 banddirector
 

the violent trailer looks pretty good actually...

It was great! Can't wait for this game.


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29. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 18:41 Elf Shot The Food
 
"Mullin is the real deal my friend, not some punk actor.He is a "Quiet Professional" just like most real life Spec Ops!!! "

Do spec ops use microwave guns too?

 
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28. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 18:26 Virus
 
the violent trailer looks pretty good actually...

 
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27. No subject Oct 9, 2007, 18:25 DangerDog
 
I wonder what engine they used, looks like Unreal 3 tech but if it's proprietary it could make mapping a pain in the butt.

They should at least have an official site for the game, even if the AI is shitbrick stupid the multiplayer looks very complete.

 
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26. No subject Oct 9, 2007, 18:16 Veinman
 
Soldier of Fortune is great simple fun. I'm looking forward to this one.

 
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25. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 17:10 HellSlayer
 
Mullins dumb,compared to what, Hollywood's Navy Seals,Special Forces?Mullin is the real deal my friend, not some punk actor.He is a "Quiet Professional" just like most real life Spec Ops!!! Just because you see something on tv or in your text book doesn't make it right or real:) o.0 With that said, I loved sof2, some of my best memories with a fps was getting together with my friends and maiming the weak on a server!:)Ill pick this up just because!:)


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24. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 16:50 Halo
 
Is it even possible to have glibs and ragdoll at the same time?

The zombies in HL2 could get cut in half. This is just the beginning.

Remember with Doom or Wold3d you always wanted the blood to splatter on the floor. Although I think the gibs in Q1 were a predecessor to wall blood. Correction?

EDIT opinions and thoughts:

I've been reading around and I love this day and age of gamers. A good amount of them seem to think developers actually owe them something.

Another thing I noticed is that some people were complaining about the "last-gen" graphics. Even with Quake wars I hear about Last-gen. But yet when I read forums on Crysis people complain that only a small group of people will be able to play the game fully. I just don't see anybody being happy about playing games any more. Except in the indie crowd.


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23. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 16:38 Optimaximal
 
Thomas Mason..? What happened to John Mullins?!
The budget didn't stretch to both gibs and Mullins paycheck for being a consultant (a term which I use in a loose definition because how the hell can someone offer real-life 'consultancy' on an arcade shooter?)

 
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22. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 16:21 xXBatmanXx
 
Is it even possible to have glibs and ragdoll at the same time?

Team Fortress 2.

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21. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 16:17 sponge
 
Is it even possible to have glibs and ragdoll at the same time?

Quake 4, for that matter, also.

 
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20. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 16:07 Elf Shot The Food
 
Hopefully Mason will still have Mullins' stupid hat though.

 
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19. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 15:58 CJ_Parker
 
What happened to John Mullins?!

Simple. John Mullins = 1990s = retro shit that got dumped. Bring on the new guy. Mullins was a dumbass with no humor and no personality anyway. He was like the real Chuck Norris.
 
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18. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 15:47 Jerykk
 
When a routine escort mission goes horribly wrong, freelance mercenary Thomas Mason finds himself battling an insidious enemy that knows no boundaries.

Thomas Mason..? What happened to John Mullins?!

 
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17. Re: No subject Oct 9, 2007, 15:08 Krovven
 
Is it even possible to have glibs and ragdoll at the same time?

Team Fortress 2.

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