Some franchises are not long for this world and have the dignity to go quietly into that good night. Not so with Army of Two, though, as every couple of years it comes kicking and screaming back into the limelight, refusing to be relegated to the dust bin where it belongs. After two games which rest somewhere along the lines of “meh” according to critics, EA Games (more specifically Visceral Games Montreal) is bringing the co-op dude fest back for another go around.
Several job postings on EA’s website (as dug up by GameSpot) reveal that the Quebec, Canada, based studio is looking for a senior producer and an evironment artist (among other positions) to work on the Army of Two franchise, which is apparently a million seller. If you’re itching for more adventures from everybody’s favorite totally hetero dude-bros, then I guess you’re in luck. Given that these listing are on EA’s website, I’d expect to see something about Army of Two 3 very soon.
Cheap shots at the game’s protagonists aside, I actually liked the first Army of Two. While the characters were dumb and the co-op was poorly implemented, it was still a heck of a lot more fun than the sequel, which actually took several steps backwards in terms of gameplay. It still bothers me that they actually made the weapon tuning worse in Army of Two: The 40th Day.
If EA wants this franchise to be a long term success, and it looks like they do, they need to follow a few simple steps. Number one, get rid of the two main characters. Nobody liked them, so it’s not like they would be missed. Two, poach a game designer from Epic to make cover-based shooting that’s actually fun, and three, implement co-op so it actually matters during gameplay. With Visceral at the helm this might actually be OK, but I think I’ll pass on this for now.
I know that Army of Two isn’t all that popular here (or anywhere), but it always puzzles me why publishers keep trying to force under-performing IPs down our throats. Oh well, like the headline says, maybe the third time’s the charm.
Source – GameSpot