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Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 Doesn't Mark End of Realistic Entries

Gearbox's Quentin Tarantino-influenced spin-off is not the future of the series.

Gearbox Software has repeatedly made the point Brothers in Arms is different than every war game because of how seriously it takes the source material. Each game in the series is meant to tell a true-to-life story of events during World War II. Brothers in Arms: Furious 4, a potent mixture of Left 4 Dead and Borderlands, looks ripped from Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards.

When I checked out a demo of Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 this morning, the developers made it clear this did not mark the end of what had come before. Rather, this was a "test bed" for a new take on the series. The story of staff sergeant Matthew Baker isn't over, Gearbox revealed.

When we might see the next "serious" Brothers in Arms entry, however, isn't clear. Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 is scheduled for some in 2012.

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Posted by Pinworm45
@Able said:
Nobody got mad when Team Fortress changed to cartoon violence.
I did
Posted by geirr

America, Fuck yeah!

Posted by Kaspar

Phew, thank god.

Posted by radioactivez0r

I'm one of those people that isn't pleased with the new take on X-COM ( I guess it's XCOM now?), but the comments here are making me feel silly.  Get the fuck over it.

Posted by rmanthorp

I like the new look!

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Posted by PXAbstraction
@YukoAsho: You are right in that Gearbox owns the IP but I would wager Ubisoft still owns the publishing rights up to a certain number of titles. They may not have as much control over Gearbox as they would if they owned BiA outright but they probably still have some sway. Given that Hell's Highway was a commercial flop, Gearbox also probably wants to try something different though.
Posted by nunami

sad panda. I definitely agree this shouldn't have the BiA name

Posted by shinigami420

Looks fucking terrible i hope this gets canned

Posted by Example1013

@Abyssfull said:

@Astrofunk said:
@Abyssfull said:
@nayte23 said:
@Abyssfull said:
Should of been called Left 4 Scalped.
No, it shouldn't because that would be fucking awful
Awesome first post. Care to notice the sarcasm? It was just a reference to Inglourious Basterds (because of the obvious similarities) and how the Basterds always scalped the Nazis they killed.
He was probably just calling you on your bad joke. No big deal.
Awesome first alt.

Awesome shitty joke.

Posted by nayte23
@Abyssfull said:
@nayte23 said:
@Abyssfull said:
Should of been called Left 4 Scalped.
No, it shouldn't because that would be fucking awful
Awesome first post. Care to notice the sarcasm? It was just a reference to Inglourious Basterds (because of the obvious similarities) and how the Basterds always scalped the Nazis they killed.
Apologies for being a dick, I can't help myself sometimes =)
Posted by MrHammeh

Lord have mercy, BIA, REALLY?!?! Shameless move to trick some of the BIA fans into buying a game that is nothing like the franchise.

Posted by ChillyUK7

MW3 looks the same as MW2, I Hate this game! 
 
BIA Furious 4 looks too different from older BIA, I hate this game! 
 
BIA Furious 4 shouldn't bear the BIA name because it isn't BIA and I know the franchise better than the people who make it. Even for the sake of argument you could say that BIA Furious 4 is set in WW2 like BIA, has what looks like a squad/has squad mechanics and is probably a 1st/3rd person shooter just like BIA, that doesn't matter because my knee jerk reaction has drowned out all sense of logic. 
 
Ow and btw we haven't seen a single second of gameplay...

Posted by MeatSim

I don't think I wanna play another serious WW2 game.

Posted by Yummylee
@example1013 said:

@Abyssfull said:

@Astrofunk said:
@Abyssfull said:
@nayte23 said:
@Abyssfull said:
Should of been called Left 4 Scalped.
No, it shouldn't because that would be fucking awful
Awesome first post. Care to notice the sarcasm? It was just a reference to Inglourious Basterds (because of the obvious similarities) and how the Basterds always scalped the Nazis they killed.
He was probably just calling you on your bad joke. No big deal.
Awesome first alt.

Awesome shitty joke.

 Awesome that you think so!
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Posted by aidros

Biggest lolwut of the show so far. This seems like a huge left turn from the traditional WWII series. Though the title isn't everything to a game, i'm interested to see in future interviews, perhaps, why they kept the BIA name attached to this

Posted by Patman99

Although, I disagree with using the Brothers in Arms name on this, I have faith that Gearbox will do a good job with it!

Posted by Snix

Neato

Posted by Merx

What a shame.  
 
Guys, no one has a problem with a new take on WW2 games (although thats got to be one of the most lifeless trailers Ive ever seen), its just Brothers In Arms has ALWAYS been a serious tactical based series, that did what it did very well. 
 
This is literally nothing like the entire previous entries in the series. I cant understand why they would do that. It does nothing but create brand confusion and hurts the name going forwards.

Posted by PeasantAbuse

What a horrible subtitle.
Posted by mr_shoeless

@bkbroiler said:

God I'm so sick of the term IP. Can we stop using that? We the ones playing the games, not selling them.

I agree. I don't know what other term we could use, but "IP" is business jargon.

Posted by Agent47
@Merx: Yeah it's cool to see them try new things but putting Brothers In Arms in the title is just a slap the franchise.They are two different to be using the same franchise name.This is my same problem with Infinite being titled Bio.But this is worse cause it's just so disrespectful for what the series has been about and built up to.
Posted by Death_Unicorn

They should have just created a new franchise.

Posted by funk_oddysey

The game seems like its alot of over-the-top co-op shooter craziness which is good, but I still have to agree that the Brothers In Arms title should not be used here, its in name only & they should realise that if its not related to Bakers story in any shape or form that using the name is only for the sales side of matters and even then hell's highway didn't sell that well despite being a great shooter. So overall its just there to make BIA's fans pissed off, ah well, if its a good game I'll stop whining.