2K’s Spec Ops: The Line takes place amid a series of sandstorms in Dubai, and for while, it seemed as though the game had been wound up in one itself. After earning a reputation as a surprise hit during the 2010 E3 for it’s complex storyline and weighting moral predicaments, the game’s development went dark for over a year until a new website recently popped up along with today’s new trailer.
The trailer doesn’t contain a host of gameplay montages like many are accustomed to seeing with popular shooters of the day, but it serves to set the tone of The Line as a story-driven, heavy handed drama.
The Line puts players in the boots of Delta Force Captain Martin Walker as he and his squad are sent into Dubai to rescue a missing U.S. Army battalion. The highly decorated battalion known as The Damned 33rd, under the command of Colonel John Konrad, went in to assist relief efforts after a series of massive sandstorms crippled the emirate city. In an openly stated wink to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, it’s discovered that Colonel Konrad has gone off the deep end and Delta Force now has more on its plate than it bargained for.
Spec Ops: The Line utilizes Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 and is being developed by 2K for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The game is due out in 2012.
Let us know what you think about Spec Ops: The Line in the comments or the forums. Are you looking forward to see what 2K can do with a story driven military shooter in the sea of today’s “shoot first, ask questions later” games? Sound off!