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uk.playstation.com:
    Commandos goes FPS on PS2.

    The immensely popular Commandos series takes a new direction, ditching the isometric
    viewpoint and taking up the first-person shooter mantle for this latest foray into the stark
    reality of World War II.

    Taking charge of three members of the elite Strike Force unit - Green Beret, Sniper, or Spy
    - each with their own distinct style of combat, players are thrust into a wide breadth of
    scenarios. Your missions include taking control of a Nazi-occupied town, freeing French
    Resistance fighters, and kidnapping an enemy general.

    • Experience World War II from a first-person perspective


    • Play as either a Green Beret, Sniper, or Spy in war torn Europe


    • Massive range of missions set in France, Norway, and Russia for both single-player and
      online multiplayer modes

    Contributed by DreinIX (10668) on Feb 19, 2008.

Press release (26th January 2006):

    Commandos Strike Force European release date set for March 17th

    "Pyro are working wonders with this game"
    PC Gamer Magazine

    "This could well be the last great World War II shooter on the PS2."
    PSW Magazine

    Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, confirms that Commandos Strike Force™, developed by Pyro Studios, will be released on March 17th, 2006 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC in all European territories.

    In a new direction for the multi-million-selling series, Commandos Strike Force takes you right into the heart of the action from a first person perspective. Set in war torn Europe amid the backdrop of World War II, take your elite 'Strike Force' unit behind enemy lines on a series of linked missions through France, Russia and Norway. Undertake action, infiltration and stealth missions with the Green Beret, Sniper and Spy, using any means necessary to challenge a winning enemy and pave the way for invasion. Enter into battle alone, or take the fight online with your friends.

    Features:

    You Choose How to Fight
    • Engage enemies with the super-trained Green Beret, Sniper and Spy
    • Switch between characters on-the-fly in selected missions
    Use Any Means Necessary
    • Ruthlessly carry out ambushes, sabotage, espionage and other methods of Commando-style warfare
    • Multiple ways to complete missions
    Intense Open Battlefields
    • Complete 14 single player missions in 3 massive campaigns across France, Norway and Russia
    • Explore and exploit open spaces with alternate paths
    Up Close and Personal
    • High quality visuals and attention to detail deliver the gritty realism of WWII
    • Soundtrack performed by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and choir
    Online multiplayer battles with a range of play modes and settings are supported by all formats from launch.

    STRIKE FORCE. STRIKE FIRST.

    For more information please visit: www.CommandosStrikeForce.com

    Contributed by Sciere (599109) on Mar 18, 2006.

Press release (19th October 2005):

    The Commandos Are Back, and This Time, They're Online!

    Quazal technology takes Eidos' hit war franchise online

    Montreal, Quebec (October 19th, 2005) – Quazal, makers of the Net-Z and Rendez-Vous online multiplayer middleware, and Eidos Interactive, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content, today announced that the upcoming game Commandos Strike Force™ will be powered by Quazal technology to provide online multiplayer gaming.

    Commandos Strike Force is the fourth game in the multi-million selling Commandos series developed by Pyro Studios. With Strike Force, the series has received a major overhaul and is now an FPS, while still retaining the concepts that made Commandos so unique. Gamers will find themselves deep behind enemy lines on a wide variety of missions that need all the skills the Commandos have to offer. Three Special Forces soldiers, the Green Beret, Sniper and Spy, offer different solutions to different challenges. How you execute a plan of attack is up to you. With online play powered by Quazal's Net-Z and lobby services provided through Quazal Rendez-Vous, Commandos Strike Force will feature a number of original online play modes for gamers to enjoy.

    "I've been a fan of the Commandos series for years due to their originality and challenge. Working with Pyro Studios on Commandos Strike Force is a great opportunity for Quazal and shows how pleased Eidos is with our technology," said Mike Drummelsmith, Developer Relations Manager of Quazal. "Working with Eidos and Pyro Studios has been a great experience all around, and we know that'll lead to a great online game!"

    The Net-Z technology used in Commandos Strike Force allows Pyro Studios to focus their efforts on building solid gameplay ideas and a great playing game, rather than dealing with low-level networking, while Rendez-Vous gives Eidos a low-risk, low-hassle online solution as Quazal handles all hosting duties and other headaches of online game development such as NAT traversal.

    "We've been working with Quazal for a number of months now, and both the technology as well as the quality and level of support have been outstanding," stated Ismael Raya Roa, Lead Programmer at Pyro Studios. "We've implemented some very cool modes for Commandos Strike Force, and thanks to Quazal we can spend our time where it counts most – on the gameplay!"

    Contributed by Sciere (599109) on Mar 18, 2006.

E3 2005 Fact Sheet:
    Publisher: Eidos
    Developer: Pyro Studios
    Format: PlayStation 2, Xbox & PC
    Release Date: 2005
    Website: www.commandosstrikeforce.com

    In the most fearsome war ever fought, emerged the most fearless soldiers - the Commandos. Have you got what it takes to join the original elite Special Force in the World War II shooter Commandos Strike Force™?

    In a new direction for the multi-million selling series, Commandos Strike Force takes you right into the heart of the action from a first person perspective. Take control of the three members of the Strike Force unit, each with their own play style. Switch between the Green Beret, always at the heart of the action with his expertise in combat and the use of heavy weaponry; the Sniper with his nerves of steel and expert marksmanship; and the Spy, stealthily striking at the heart of the enemy. However, it is your choice how you execute plans of attack by using the Commandos' unique skills.

    Set in war torn Europe amid the backdrop of World War II, you must take your highly trained group on a series of daring missions, deep behind enemy lines in France, Norway and Russia. Taking control of a Nazi-occupied town, freeing French Resistance prisoners and kidnapping a general are a few of the large range of missions. As well as a compelling single player campaign, the game features a variety of online multiplayer modes.

    Features:
    • Commandos goes first person shooter - taking you right into the heart of the action.
    • Take control of the three members of the 'Strike Force' unit - Green Beret, Sniper and Spy - each with their own play style.
    • Three linked campaigns in France, Norway and Russia.
    • Non-linear gameplay - it's your choice how you execute plans of attack with multiple routes for completing missions.
    • Mixture of gameplay styles - including infiltration, sabotage, demolition, stealth, assassination, espionage, kidnapping and reconnaissance.
    • Multiplayer modes with support for 16 players on PC and 8 on PS2 & Xbox
    • Authentic weaponry and special equipment.
    © Pyro Studios SL, 2005. Commandos Strike Force is a trademark of Pyro Studios SL.

    Contributed by Sciere (599109) on Mar 18, 2006.

Press release (14th October 2004):

    EIDOS ANNOUNCES COMMANDOS STRIKE FORCE

    MULTI-MILLION SELLING WWII COMMANDOS SERIES GOES FIRST PERSON SHOOTER

    Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces the return of the legendary Commandos in the World War II first person shooter Commandos Strike ForceTM. Developed by Pyro Studios, Commandos Strike Force will be released worldwide in spring 2005 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

    In a new direction for the multi-million selling series, Commandos Strike Force takes you right into the heart of the action from a first person perspective. Take control of the three members of the 'Strike Force' unit, each with their own play style. Switch between the Green Beret, always at the heart of the action with his expertise in combat and the use of heavy weaponry, the Sniper with his nerves of steel and expert marksmanship, and the Spy, stealthily striking at the heart of the enemy. However, it is up to you how you execute plans of attack by combining the Commandos' unique skills.

    Set in war torn Europe amid the backdrop of World War II, you must take your elite group of Commandos behind enemy lines on a series of linked missions through France, Russia and Norway. Destroying a Nazi ship, ambushing enemy troops, freeing French Resistance prisoners and kidnapping a general are a few of the large range of missions. As well as a compelling single player campaign, the game features a variety of original online multiplayer modes. In the most fearsome war ever fought emerged the most fearless soldiers.

    Ignacio Perez, ceo of Pyro Studios says: "By combining the tactical approach of the previous Commandos games with the intense action of a fps, Commandos Strike Force will provide a more cerebral approach to the war game genre. Strike Force is our most ambitious project ever and we believe that this game will set a new benchmark for World War II videogames."

    Mike McGarvey, ceo of Eidos says: "The Commandos series has established itself as one of the most popular and enduring franchises within the World War II genre. With this evolution of the series coupled with Pyro Studios' proven expertise, we are confident that Commandos Strike Force will be the greatest episode in the series to date."

    Website: www.commandosstrikeforce.com

    Contributed by Sciere (599109) on Mar 18, 2006.