The original Operation Flashpoint was released on the PC seven years ago and was hailed for its ambitious open-world battlefields. While the game didn't quite deliver on its promise, it managed to attract a cult following, especially thanks to its custom level editor. This sequel, coming to the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC next spring, attempts to use today's technology to carry out the ideas of the original. It takes place on Skira, an island north of Japan.
Skira has had a tumultuous past -- it was once property of China, and then it was taken over by Japan before it was liberated by the Soviet Union in WWII. Skira is now a potential hot spot because it has the largest oil reserve in the world. This sets the stage for the international conflict in Operation Flashpoint 2.