When it first started, the America's Army project seemed like a bit of a novelty to IGN. The idea of creating a top tier online FPS and then giving it away for free purely to increase gamers' awareness of the US Army's day to day operations just didn't fit any of the patterns IGN had come to expect from the industry. But now, years later, the game has continued to grow in popularity thanks to the constant and consistently large updates that the Army keeps packing in.
Now Red Storm and Ubisoft are working together to create a version of America's Army for the Xbox 360. (The less said about the previous version, the better.) The new game, America's Army: True Soldiers, promises to offer online cooperative campaign play that's far beyond anything we've seen in the console world so far. IGN recently had a chance to head down to Red Storm to play the game themselves with the game's designer Randy Greenback and the Army's representative Sgt Tommy Rieman.