Although off to a shaky start, Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad has gathered a cult following for it’s attention to realism in a world of Call of Dutys and Halos. Giving the players the ability to live the life of a solider during one of the many pitched fights inside the battle of Stalingrad, the game is not only beautiful, gritty, and bloody, but also difficult. Now, news comes in that the game is getting a proper expansion, one dated for sometime in 2012. What’s the name of this expansion you ask? Rising Storm.
Rising Storm covers the famous island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945 as the US Army and Marine Corps fight it out with the Imperial Japanese army and Special Naval Landing Forces. Featuring some of the most brutal fighting in the Pacific theater, players are able to experience beach assaults, jungle fighting, close quarters cave fighting and more across Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and many other historic locations. The player is able to take the part of either side – American or Japanese –playing through the Campaign Mode alone or with friends, or battling it out online in full player versus player multi-player.
Rising Storm is also the first game to implement a civilian modification team, who normally do these kind of things for the love of the game. Tripwire will be compensating these modders for their work upon release of the expansion, which is an awesome gesture by Tripwire.
Rising Storm is being created in a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a mod team and a professional game development studio. The Rising Storm team is made up of the best developers from the Red Orchestra modding community and the mod community at large.
I for one, hope this sets a precedent. How many times have I told myself that a mod made by players is often better than the finished product of the actual game? Countless. Check out more information here.