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Thursday August 29, 2002

IL-2 Sturmovik v1.2 Release Update
Ubi Soft has announced they will be releasing the latest IL-2 Sturmovik upgrade, Version 1.2, 1 week earlier than previously announced. The upgrade will be available for download on September 2. The upgrade consists of four new flyable aircraft and 10 new single player missions and six new cooperative online missions. All of the new features including how to activate the Stuka diving sirens are explained in the readme file that will be included with the upgrade.

MoH:AA Spearhead Update
Electronic Arts has released more details on the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault expansion pack, Spearhead. The game will feature an additional nine single player levels and will add improvements to multiplayer, targeting an additional 9 multiplayer maps, most used for multiple game types. The game takes place in the European Theatre of Operations in WWII. The levels will be set during the Allied invasion of France (D-Day), the Battle of the Bulge, and the Soviet assault on Berlin. Release date: Fall 2002. Check out these new screens.

America’s Army: Operations Goes Gold
The U.S. Army today announced that its America’s Army: Operations computer game has gone gold. The game will be available on a free CD at the beginning of October at local Army Recruiting stations, ROTC Detachment and Army events. The game CD will feature many missions that can be downloaded, as well as several exclusive levels including swamp raid and mountain ambush missions.

America’s Army: Operations is one part of the realistic America's Army computer game that provides civilians with an inside perspective and a virtual role in today’s premier land force: the U.S. Army. The game includes the first-person-perspective action game Operations, as well as Soldiers, the role-playing portion of America’s Army in which players navigate life’s challenges to achieve life goals. Soldiers will be released later this fall.

The Army launched a special RECON version of its Operations game online on July 4th, and followed up with several additional missions and game enhancements over the past few months. In Operations, players go through single player basic training missions then progress to online multiplayer missions ranging from the defense of the Alaskan Pipeline against terrorism as a member of the 172nd Infantry Brigade to training exercises as a member of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry). Players can also go to Marksmanship School and Airborne School, and are able to earn the prestigious Army Ranger Tab for additional adventures and missions. Since July 4th more than 600,000 players have registered to play Operations. Of these, more than 375,000 have completed Basic Combat Training. With over 10 million missions played since 4 July 2002 (at an average of 6-10 minutes per mission) daily game play has grown to a level of over 450,000 missions per day.

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