OpFlash: Red River release date

Forecasting April showers.

Gritty PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 shooter Operation Flashpoint: Red River will launch in Europe and Australia on Thursday 21st April, Codemasters has announced.

It'll release in the US on 26th April. Oh look, we're getting it first!

Red River promises to deliver an "authentic and intensely personal US Marine Corps infantryman experience" and builds upon predecessor Dragon Rising by "taking on board feedback from the community".

It's set in the "remote yet beautiful country of Tajikistan along the Vakhsh River".

Tajikistan is a real country in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders it to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and People's Republic of China to the east.

Improvements include a deeper narrative-led campaign, streamlined inventory and control system, a refined enemy and squad AI system, player class roles including customisable XP upgrades and load out choice, close-quarters combat, new air support options and comprehensive tutorials.

Christian Donlan went hands-on with Red River in November. "Red River's shaping up to be a brilliant game: a shooter which balances rewarding gunplay with a tactical thoughtfulness that simply wouldn't be possible with much in the way of obvious scripting," he said. "Authentic? I have no idea. Convincing? Absolutely."

First Op Flash: Red River dev diary

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