Game publisher Tripwire Interactive announced today that the release of its first-person shooter sequel Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad has been pushed off to September 13 exclusively on the PC. According to the publisher, the additional two weeks of development time will allow the studio to "get it right and add the extra polish the game (and the players) deserve."
Originally set for a release of August 30, the game will contain many new features including a new first person cover system combined with blind firing, first person collision detection as well as an entire new system of statistics tracking and enabling player development. Red Orchestra 2 is a first person shooter with realistic gameplay elements. Guns behave realistically, with bullet drop and spin taken into account. The game also does away with elements of a traditional HUD like an ammo counter, forcing players to remember, or manually check, how many bullets are left in the gun’s magazine. The game’s first person cover system allows players to hide behind objects in the world to avoid gunfire. While in cover players can peek out to take more accurate shots or fire blindly. However the shape, size and composition of the object will change its effectiveness at protecting the player. Smaller objects may not cover the player’s entire body and some may not stop bullets. Health does not regenerate over time or by use of medical equipment, but wounds must still be bandaged so more health is not lost through blood loss.
Tanks will be in Red Orchestra 2, with more vehicles added in after the game’s launch. The interiors of each tank are fully recreated with either human or AI controlled characters manning each station. The level of detail was described by Tripwire’s president John Gibson as rival or exceeding tank simulation games. Because of the extensive work required to recreate each vehicle, which Tripwire estimates to take three months each, the game will launch with two tanks. The German Panzer IV and RussianT-34. Two more tanks and two troop carriers are in production and will be added to the game for free shortly after launch.