Operation Flashpoint to be used as a training tool by the United States
Marine Corps. Codemasters today confirms that the United States Marine Corps is
to use a special combat training application based upon Operation Flashpoint
(PC), its chart-topping military simulation game.
This special version of the Operation Flashpoint Technology is called VBS1
(Virtual BattleField Systems) and the United States Marine Corps (USMC) will
utilise the application beginning December 2001. Other military organisations
are also looking at Operation Flashpoint technology variants for training
VBS1 is a military grade program developed by Coalescent Technologies
Corporation, an independent engineering firm contracted by the Department of
Defence and the USMC to locate and develop simulation training tools. The
development of VBS1 is in conjunction with Bohemia Interactive Studio, Operation
The result provides specific enhancements to the game for the USMC, including
present day, USMC specific uniforms, weapons and vehicles.
The USMC originally became interested in Operation Flashpoint due to its
realistic battlefield simulations and the ability to operate a myriad of land,
sea and air vehicles across vast outdoor terrain. Additionally, they were
intrigued by Operation Flashpoint's in-depth level editor, which enables users
to create virtually any imaginable combat scenario and then play it out from
The advanced squad-management system, which enables players to efficiently
issue orders to squad members as well as co-ordinate assaults, was also a major
"The USMC and other branches of the Unites States Armed Forces are
constantly investigating new and alternative tools to incorporate into the
current training regimen," said Michael Woodman, Program Manager at
Coalescent Technologies. "Our job is to research these tools and determine
if they are, in fact, useful in training. In the case of the first-person
military simulation games the research has shown that they are useful tools and
Operation Flashpoint is the most valuable product we have found to date."
David Solari, Codemasters' Senior Marketing Manager for the US comments:
"We are pleased that Bohemia Interactive Studio and Coalescent are working
to provide a Military Grade Program for the United States Marine Corps that can
be used to help train the American troops. It is a real honour to be involved in
such a project and we look forward to continuing the relationship with future
Operation Flashpoint products."
Although the modified version of Operation Flashpoint will not be available
to the public and part of the content will remain strictly confidential, certain
developments and units will possibly be made available at some later stage
through additions or upgrades to Operation Flashpoint owners around the world.