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Dec. 28, 2005
The Regiment - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
2006KonamiKuju1$99.95

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That really is spectacular.
Konami have always been a pretty closed company with almost all development performed in-house in Japan or America. This is slowly changing however, with the company confirming that European developers Kuju Entertainment, under careful watch from Konami Europe, are developing The Regiment for release on PS2 and PC (but strangely not XBox) later this year. While Sony's SOCOM follows the US Navy Seals, this game looks at the British equivalent, the S.A.S. (which actually stands for Special Air Service, not Special Armed Service as many believe).

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In the subways.
The Regiment casts the player as a member of one of the world’s most feared and respected counter-terrorist units: the S.A.S. Based on briefings and scenarios supplied by S.A.S veterans, The Regiment is a realistic interpretation of infiltration and armed combat. Players oversee a four-man unit as they assault a series of terrorist strongholds, with orders to terminate hostiles and rescue stricken hostages. Starting with missions based in London’s Houses of Parliament and a situation in the Underground system, the game culminates in a simulation of the Iranian Embassy Siege of 1980.

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Securing the hostages.
The Regiment utilises tactics and procedures pioneered by the CRW (Counter Revolutionary Warfare) arm of the S.A.S, and has been designed in close collaboration with ex-staff instructors. Starting with an in-game briefing by John MacAleese - a veteran of the Iranian Embassy Siege - players are dropped straight into each mission. The game play is then focused on action, as players use a simple yet effective ordering system to deploy their colleagues, and use specially selected weapons and hand-to-hand methods to take out the terrorist threats.

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Textures are impressive.
Essentially this game playes as a first person shooter, but uses real-life tactics and weapons. The game allows you to order your squad through missions. The game also includes the world famous S.A.S. 'Killing House'. Learn room clearance skills and perfect the dark art of double tapping!

Online modes should be impressive. Not only will you be able to participate in challenges agaist other gamers but the developers are setting up a web site dedicated to keeping track of individual player, as well as team ranking. As expected it will be possible to use the USB headset for communications while playing online.

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He ain't going to be in Regiment 2!
Kuju’s use of the Unreal Engine and its Karma Physics capabilities will provide this game with some stunning visuals. Just have a look at the very top screenshot in London to see just how special this game looks. While we believe these screenshots are probably from the PC game, the PS2 version will apparently be very close.

Kuju Entertainment have developed some pretty solid titles on PS2 to date including Reign of Fire and Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior but with Konami's resources behind them we expect this to be their best title by a considerable margin. The Regiment is shaping up as a fantastic title. Konami were aiming for an October release however the title has recently been pushed back until an unspecified 2006 date. We can only hope that their move to using external developers pays off. There's so many small codeships that could do with a mega corportaion such as Konami putting some money in to fund development.