By Andy Sambidge
2K Games uses sandstorm-ravaged Dubai as backdrop; to be released in spring 2012
A shoot-em-up computer game which pits gamers against a hostile sandstorm-ravaged Dubai is set to be released next year, its creators have said.
Publisher 2K Games said that its much anticipated military shooter Spec Ops: The Line will be released in spring 2012.
Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K, said: “With all of its grandeur and opulence, Dubai provides the perfect backdrop to play out Spec Ops: The Line’s deep and complex narrative.
"This bold endeavour harnesses 2K’s pedigree of creating fascinating stories, settings and worlds to create an aggressive narrative and environment that you won’t find in other games on the market,” he added.
In Spec Ops: The Line players will assume the role of Captain Walker, a US Delta Force soldier on a rescue mission to save the 33rd squad of the US Infantry.
Set against the backdrop of a Dubai in ruins, Spec Ops: The Line is 2K’s first foray into the modern military genre, it said in a statement.
It added that Spec Ops: The Line has not yet been rated by regulators prior to going on general release next year.
2K Games is a division of 2K, a US-based publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.
In October, a new company was set up in the Gulf to target the region's fast-growing interactive entertainment industry.
Digital Development Management (DDM), the world's business and talent agency for video games and digital entertainment, announced it has joined forces with Gulf based Trans Technologies to form Red Stallion Interactive.
It said the new publisher will be devoted to developing and distributing interactive entertainment across the Gulf region, with offices in Doha, Manama, and Northampton, Massachusetts.