Enemy Front: A Return to the ’90s WW2 FPS

Recent years have exhausted all fresh ideas in the modern warfare FPS genre, so City Interactive is looking to revisit the previous generation’s popular FPS game era: WW2. But rather than beat a dead horse, the developer hopes to set its new IP, Enemy Front, apart from the WW2 games that have been done to death. Based on what I saw at E3 2012, they may be on to something.

Set to be released in the first half of 2013, Enemy Front seeks to capture the feel of a soldier caught behind enemy lines. The protagonist’s character will be fleshed out in a later phase of development — the game is currently in pre-alpha — but for the time being, he’s just “Joe America, saving the day.”

The game will take players to locations in France, Poland, and Germany, all rendered in CryEngine 3. The developers wanted to tell the story of the smaller, more intimate battles of WW2 — the kind you’ve seen in Saving Private Ryan and Inglourious Basterds.

The live gameplay demonstration showed “Joe America” shooting his way through a war-torn rural setting, which felt refreshing compared to both modern shooters and WW2 games of the past. Best of all, there appeared to be no “rails” — the level design did not feel linear. This, coupled with the solo experience of being caught behind enemy lines, reminded me of ’90s era FPS titles and filled me with warm feelings of nostalgia. Well, a ’90 FPS with regenerating health instead of health packs.

In order to retain that feeling of being caught behind enemy lines, City Interactive explained how there’s no Commanding Officer, there’s no sergeant, there’s no captain barking orders into your ear as you play. There are no cooperatives — there are no people helping you out. While there will occasionally be friendlies, the focus of the majority of the game is on your solo experience.

In order to help capture that visceral experience of being in a war zone, Enemy Front has a minimalistic HUD tucked away in the bottom-right corner of the screen that displays the direction the enemies, objectives, ammunition and health.

Enemy Front’s arsenal will boast over 25 weapons, which include secondary weapons like hand grenades and throwing knives. The game will have a multiplayer component, but the developers could not offer any details at this point.

City Interactive seems to be on the right track with this one. If development continues in the right direction, Enemy Front could breath new life into WW2 shooters.

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19 Comments on Enemy Front: A Return to the ’90s WW2 FPS

Heru

On June 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

So its Medal of Honor:Allied Assault 2.0?

Joedemadio

On August 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Can’t wait for this game! I’m goin to do a let’s play on my World War 2 based gaming channel!
http://www.youtube.com/joedemadio

Buba

On February 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

The new version will come out in April :) can’t wait for this… Definitely for me is numero UNO:)

Trust

On February 2, 2014 at 8:13 am

Yeah!!! Its gona be mein!!! I love WWII games :) )))

Brix

On February 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

What do you think about this game? In my opinion that can be awesome game about WWII. Screens looks good.

Buba

On February 5, 2014 at 2:26 am

Screens and the trailer looks incredible :D For sure this is the best game in 2014 :D

Brix

On February 5, 2014 at 11:02 am

Enemy Front will be good break from game showing modern war with terrorist. On the screen we can see advanced graphics with amazing colors depth created in CryEngine3. I have big requirements about these game :)

Buba

On February 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

I love games like this: CoD or MoH this is my favorite:) For sure this too will be favorite…

Brix

On February 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I think good site of this game can be game style. We will be alone, don’t have comrade gun so we must do be quaiet xD I see new gameplay what do you think about it?

Buba

On February 12, 2014 at 2:48 am

Definitely missions will be very interesting when you’ll be on your own :D will be far more tactics and less mindless shooting…..I like that :D :D:D looks unbelievably, very realistic. We can see that They worked hard.

Trust

On February 12, 2014 at 6:56 am

Guys from CI shows they can do the game on a very good level:D

Brix

On February 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I hope when game will be finished CI give us harder game from showing on the gameplay:) I believe they play on rookie:P I’m joking:) @Trust I agree with you. CI shows how Polish developer is good.

Trust

On February 16, 2014 at 12:55 am

@Brix so it looks like in the gameplay :D Certainly not disappoint us and we’ll spend long hours on the battle :D

Atruk

On February 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

I hope you have a right. I want to play in this game because it’s a different than another FPS. I hear we will be alone on the battlefield. This idea is push me to play on Enemy Front and want this game more:D Looking for more information about release date.

Buba

On February 21, 2014 at 4:52 am

Unfortunately know nothing concretely. That’s too bad, because I can’t wait. Patience is not my strong point :D

Kika

On February 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I hope that the game will be as good as they write. So you can think watching the gameplay.

Atruk

On February 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

@Buba: Yes I know that, patience is not strong side players:D I hear EF can be released closer to the holidays. I agree with you, we don’t know to much about it so must waiting for more information about this game.

Kika

On March 7, 2014 at 11:25 am

Have you seen this new material? Knocked me to my knees, to put it mildly. I really like it :D

Atruk

On March 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I see it here: http://www.gamefront.com/files/24097624/EF_Teaser_ESRB.mp4#
Honestly? This trailer shocked me but positively. I think it nice to Polish studio do games about his history. I really want to see this game when it comes out.