Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 Isn't Canceled, Despite What You May Have Heard

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Posted by Alex (2129 posts) -
There's a drink called the Flaming Nazi already, right? Someone has to have invented that.

Hey, remember when Gearbox announced that it was working on a new Brothers In Arms game? Albeit one that looked a good deal more cartoonish and gun crazy than previous versions? You'd be forgiven if you didn't, since the first and only trailer for the game debuted last E3 (as in 2011), and Gearbox has gone on to say exactly nothing about the game since then. Given its absence at this year's E3, many assumed that Gearbox had simply quietly shelved the project while focusing on Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Turns out that's not true.

Gearbox head Randy Pitchford told CVG in a recent interview that Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 is most definitely in continued development, and "still evolving."

"One of the reasons why we're not talking about it now is that it's evolving and we need to make further changes before we can start talking about it," he said.

The original trailer showed a version of Brothers In Arms that looked like a cross-breeding of Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and Inglourious Basterds (second reference today!). What, exactly, Furious 4 has evolved into, Pitchford wouldn't say. He was also clear that we won't be hearing anything about Furious 4 for a little while, or at least not until Borderlands 2 ships this September.

But at least you can rest easy knowing the game hasn't disappeared entirely. Assuming you were ever worried about that to begin with.

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#1 Posted by Alex (2129 posts) -
There's a drink called the Flaming Nazi already, right? Someone has to have invented that.

Hey, remember when Gearbox announced that it was working on a new Brothers In Arms game? Albeit one that looked a good deal more cartoonish and gun crazy than previous versions? You'd be forgiven if you didn't, since the first and only trailer for the game debuted last E3 (as in 2011), and Gearbox has gone on to say exactly nothing about the game since then. Given its absence at this year's E3, many assumed that Gearbox had simply quietly shelved the project while focusing on Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Turns out that's not true.

Gearbox head Randy Pitchford told CVG in a recent interview that Brothers In Arms: Furious 4 is most definitely in continued development, and "still evolving."

"One of the reasons why we're not talking about it now is that it's evolving and we need to make further changes before we can start talking about it," he said.

The original trailer showed a version of Brothers In Arms that looked like a cross-breeding of Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and Inglourious Basterds (second reference today!). What, exactly, Furious 4 has evolved into, Pitchford wouldn't say. He was also clear that we won't be hearing anything about Furious 4 for a little while, or at least not until Borderlands 2 ships this September.

But at least you can rest easy knowing the game hasn't disappeared entirely. Assuming you were ever worried about that to begin with.

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#2 Posted by CaLe (3982 posts) -

Forget what ya herd.

#3 Edited by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -
#4 Posted by ManMadeGod (1561 posts) -

"Assuming you were ever worried about that to begin with."

I wasn't. Completely forgot about this game.

#5 Posted by Vodun (2370 posts) -

5 years ago I never thought I'd say this but thank god there's a WWII game coming! Breath of fresh air!

#6 Posted by Cyrisaurus (455 posts) -

I don't really care either way

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Wait, there's a Brothers in Arms: Furious 4? Where was the news on that?

#8 Posted by Swick (222 posts) -

Saw this game two years ago and thought it was very entertaining. I really hope this sees the light of day.

#9 Posted by Atwa (620 posts) -

Screw this game, I want a new, REAL, brothers in arms :(

#10 Posted by Zaccheus (1793 posts) -

This seemed cool, but I really hate that they have to stick the Brothers in Arms name in this thing. It just doesn't seem to have anything to do with the franchise. I guess it makes some kind of business sense but it's still a bummer.

#11 Posted by Rmack (1078 posts) -

So what Alex is trying to say is that this game...is a thing?

#12 Posted by Zaccheus (1793 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

Wait, there's a Brothers in Arms: Furious 4? Where was the news on that?

Like the article says it was shown at E3 2011.

#13 Posted by Pr1mus (3904 posts) -

@Rmack said:

So what Alex is trying to say is that this game...is a thing?

Yes it is... for some reasons.

#14 Posted by cutyoface (544 posts) -

I am not looking forward to it at all. Just give me regular BIA.

#15 Posted by yeah_write (219 posts) -

This is a company that completely changed the Borderlands art style (for the better!) mid-way through development. Who knows what this game will end up being. I kind of liked the tactical action of the BoA games. It was fun actually using suppressing fire to flank an enemy. I hope there's some form of that in this new game.

#16 Posted by Kaiserreich (698 posts) -

Sad to hear it wasn't cancelled.

#17 Posted by BadSniper52 (608 posts) -

@Vodun said:

5 years ago I never thought I'd say this but thank god there's a WWII game coming! Breath of fresh air!

This

Nice to see something different.

#18 Posted by Phatmac (5726 posts) -

Seems weird that it's called boa. Oh well never been a fan so I'm interested in this new direction.

#19 Posted by Stinky51012 (156 posts) -

Just cancel this abomination. It is offensive to those who love the original series.

#20 Posted by calumlittle (30 posts) -

@Kaiserreich: Me too, the last one was the most realistic shooter with the best MP to date, fuck this new arcade shit, they need to raise the bar on realism, add more sqaud mechanics like the old ones, have an open world maybe... This one just looks shite.

#21 Posted by Stinky51012 (156 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

I just hope it's better than Hell's Highway. What a disappointment.

iAmJohn? More like iAmIdiot. Srsly tho, Hell's Highway was one of my favorite games this generation. Flawed yes, but it did cool things with the storytelling

#22 Posted by Butano (1738 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

I just hope it's better than Hell's Highway. What a disappointment.

Seriously? I thought it was pretty great. What were you disappointed with?

Still mixed on this BoA. I don't mind spin-offs, but I would definitely like a proper sequel to the series. The ending hinted at the Battle of the Bulge being the setting for the next game.

#23 Posted by chocolaterhinovampire (1289 posts) -

I liked old BIA wayyy better than what I saw of Furious 4

#24 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -

@Kaiserreich said:

Sad to hear it wasn't cancelled.

Yup.

#25 Edited by MightyDuck (1522 posts) -

I'd be open to them creating the original vision of the game, but keep it outside the Brothers in Arms series. I think that would keep both sides happy. Those that love the series don't have this within it's walls, and those that are interested in the game still get the game they were curious about.

#26 Posted by Jimbo (9809 posts) -

@Stinky51012 said:

@iAmJohn said:

I just hope it's better than Hell's Highway. What a disappointment.

iAmJohn? More like iAmIdiot. Srsly tho, Hell's Highway was one of my favorite games this generation. Flawed yes, but it did cool things with the storytelling

Yup.

#27 Posted by Elyk247 (367 posts) -

@Stinky51012: You played the first two and then liked Hell's Highway? You're probably the first I've heard say this. Hell's Highway was a good game, but as part of a series it's just a train wreck.

#28 Posted by Stimpack (858 posts) -

@iAmJohn: I honestly never liked any of the Brothers in Arms games. They were neither graphically nor mechanically pleasing. and if storytelling is their selling point, I'd rather watch Saving Private Ryan again.

#29 Posted by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -

@Butano, @Jimbo and @Stinky51012 said:

@iAmJohn said:

I just hope it's better than Hell's Highway. What a disappointment.

Seriously? I thought it was pretty great. What were you disappointed with?

Still mixed on this BoA. I don't mind spin-offs, but I would definitely like a proper sequel to the series. The ending hinted at the Battle of the Bulge being the setting for the next game.

I think they did a lot right with the story, but in terms of gameplay the whole thing was a step back. I hated the addition of regenerating health and thought it was poorly implemented; you took way too few shots fired your way to get in the red and then it took one goddamn tag to bring you down. It's the complete antithesis of having the health bar, which allowed you to take risks in trying to flank and get the drop on enemies without having to rely on making sure they're completely suppressed. I get what they were going for in trying to translate the suppression mechanic to an effect on the player, but it was just done poorly. And that's not even getting into the overreliance on putting Baker alone with no squad and forcing you to play a mediocre first-person shooter with Brothers in Arms mediocre shooting, or inexplicably getting rid of Situational Awareness View.

It was a complete step in the wrong direction that couldn't decide if it wanted to more emphasize the shooting or more emphasize the strategy. As someone who enjoys shooters, the series still couldn't hang with any of the other World War II shooters out there; as someone who loved Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood, I felt like my strategy options were far more limited and that I was being railroaded into that bad shooting that I did not want to do.

#30 Posted by Alwaysrun (72 posts) -

@Atwa said:

Screw this game, I want a new, REAL, brothers in arms :(

Agreed. Last year when I first saw this new "reimagining" of the Brothers in Arms franchise I said to myself what a stinking pile this new rendition was. Gearbox just let this project die and move on...Your new ideas are not worthy of the Brothers in Arms name.

#31 Posted by Patman99 (1581 posts) -

@BadSniper52 said:

@Vodun said:

5 years ago I never thought I'd say this but thank god there's a WWII game coming! Breath of fresh air!

This

Nice to see something different.

No kidding. I have been playing Red Orchestra 2 for the past little while and it seems like a totally fresh concept. The whole "slightly futuristic" modern warfare game is more tiring than the WWII shooter ever got.

#32 Posted by JamesJeux007 (472 posts) -

I actually can't remember if I am supposed to care or not. I played the original Brother In Arms when it came out but can't remember a damn thing about it. Then ending was kinda "meh", right ? No idea.

So hum... Good news ?

#33 Posted by MeatSim (10851 posts) -

Maybe I will care more about this once I see some gameplay.

#34 Posted by RecSpec (3816 posts) -

It's now a handheld Turn Based Strategy game!  Actually, that wouldn't be completely horrible.

#35 Posted by slowdevelopment (17 posts) -

This is far more interesting than the original BOA series to me and I hope to hear more about it soon!

#36 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3297 posts) -

Marketing realities are things that exist, people. If you're intelligent enough to recognize that a brand label doesn't make it the same type of game, you're intelligent enough to determine whether you want to buy it.

#37 Posted by Jrad (622 posts) -

I honestly thought it was a joke when I watched the trailer. I don't know what's more unfortunate -- that something this shitty hasn't been shelved, or the fact that there's actually (probably) a market for it.

#38 Posted by gizmo88 (97 posts) -

@iAmJohn: Borderlands: WW2

What's going on here Gearbox, it feels like your cheating.

#39 Posted by laserbolts (5321 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

I just hope it's better than Hell's Highway. What a disappointment.

I know I was so hyped for that game because the first 2 were some of my favorites games of all time. I almost threw up playing through some of those missions.

#40 Posted by GreggD (4505 posts) -

@Pr1mus said:

@Rmack said:

So what Alex is trying to say is that this game...is a thing?

Yes it is... for some reasons.

Then I'm gonna go... shoot myself.

#41 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3833 posts) -

This game was revealed way too early. How about you finish that damn Aliens game first so it can be disappointing then move on to this. One of SEGA's "pillars", too funny.

Maybe that strategy game will be good but if it's just a Star Craft style game I doubt it. My dream is for it to be something like X-Com or Jagged Alliance.

#42 Posted by ripelivejam (3943 posts) -

FURIOUS 4: TOKYO DRIFT

#43 Posted by iAmJohn (6120 posts) -

@ArtisanBreads said:

Maybe that strategy game will be good but if it's just a Star Craft style game I doubt it. My dream is for it to be something like X-Com or Jagged Alliance.

You mean the Alien RPG? That got cancelled a long time ago.

#44 Posted by Rowr (5625 posts) -

This looked fucking awful when it was shown.

Hopefully it's evolved into something less awful.

As someone who wasn't overly impressed with borderlands, i'm still not convinced gearbox can make good games.

#45 Posted by Cretaceous_Bob (506 posts) -

Still waiting for an actual sequel to Brother in Arms: Earned in Blood. Hell's Highway was a shit-sucking travesty and Furious 4 has absolutely nothing to do with the gameplay and feel of the first two phenomenal games.

#46 Posted by dropabombonit (1490 posts) -

So this is stlll a thing

#47 Posted by pepperzz (160 posts) -

Anything that Gearbox does is God.

#48 Posted by SlapHappyJesus (120 posts) -

I just want an actual BIA release, personally.

They promised me snow.

I want snow. :/

In all honesty, this doesn't seem like it will turn out bad. I just don't like that they are selling it on the BIA name, while ignoring the actual series.

#49 Posted by m2cks (585 posts) -
#50 Posted by pepperzz (160 posts) -

@m2cks said:

@pepperzz said:

Anything that Gearbox does is God.

Except Duke Nukem Forever, you mean.

I choose to ignore that such a thing came out of that studio.

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