For some reason, it feels like co-op is slowly starting to fade from existence. Sure, some games still offer it but when was the last time you remember having a really enjoyable co-op experience with a friend that wasn't Halo or Call of Duty? Just like the death of 'split screen' I mentioned yesterday, co-op is simply becoming an endangered species and that just sucks.
That's why I was so excited to hear that a game was coming out that was strictly based around the idea of co-op. Army of Two didn't turn out to be as stellar as expected but I still played the shit out of that game. It wasn't the greatest but the power of co-op still managed to make it enjoyable. By the time 'Army of Two: The 40th Day' came out, I had given up hope and have still yet to even have the title grace my television. The game failed big time but EA noticed this and has recently revealed Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.
While not a whole lot is known about the game, Amazon has just created a pre-order page for the game, which features the box art and a very detailed description of the game itself.
The originator of tactical co-op is back! Developed by Visceral Games, the award-winning creators of Dead Space, Army of TWO The Devil's Cartel delivers an immersive and unique 3rd-person co-op action-shooter that's built on the new Frostbite 2 engine for maximum destruction. You and your partner must shoot and destroy anything in your path to take down a violent drug cartel that's taken over Mexico. In gripping partner-based missions, each player must tackle and overcome individual objectives to achieve a common goal. The more effective your teamwork, the greater the reward as the new Overkill mode gives you devastating power for truly epic mass destruction! Experience this explosive action-blockbuster campaign in two-player local split-screen or online co-op!
- Shoot-and-Destroy Tactical Co-op: Work together and perform challenging strategic maneuvers with your friend in a true two-player co-op experience with flanking, dual-breach, riot-shield attacks, and much more!
- Unleash the Ultimate Destructive Power of Overkill: Build up your Overkill meter by performing cooperative maneuvers and unleash it with your partner to take destruction to a whole new level.
- Challenge a Powerful and Ruthless Mexican Cartel: Experience a grim but relevant story set in a modern Mexico that's been torn apart by the drug war.
- Customize Your Character for Explosive Action: Use the powerful customization tools to outfit Alpha and Bravo with personalized tactical gear to prepare for a dangerous, action-packed mission to end the cartel's ruthless reign.
EA seems to be taking the series in a new direction with Dead Space creator 'Visceral Games' with a variety of changes; the most notable being the replacement of the main characters, Salem and Rios. Alpha and Bravo will be taking their place under the armored masks. While I'll miss the quirky duo, a new direction starts with a new face...or two in this case.
While some may be hesitant, I look forward to seeing a new start for Army of Two. Hopefully this time it will be able to live up to it's potential and become a co-op experience for the record books.