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Army of Two sequel gets comical morality

Posted by: Adam at 7/24/2009 1:30 AM
EA has signed comic artists Chris Bachalo (Batman, Incredible Hulk, Heroes) and Jock (Batman Begins, Hancock) to craft the in-game sequences for Army of Two: The 40th Day's cooperative moral choices.  That's right, add another title to the growing list of games with moral choices.  Hopefully, The 40th Day will find a way to make the moral choices interesting, and not feel tacked on or gimmicky.  At least we know the sequences will look great, now that there's some serious talent behind them. 

In related news, If you're one of the lucky people attending Comic-Con then Chris Bachalo will be signing Army of Two artwork at EA's booth (#5213).


For more info on this game, check out its website.

Update (Chuck) - Added video that demonstrates the consequences system


EA montreal signs RENOWNED COMIC ARTISTS Chris Bachalo and Jock TO
army of two: the 40th day

Celebrated Illustrators Craft Dramatic In-Game Sequences To Highlight
Cooperative Moral Choices

Montreal, Canada – July 23, 2009 – EA Montreal, a studio of Electronic
Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced that renowned comic artists,
Chris Bachalo and Jock have lent their artistic talents to ARMY OF
TWO™: THE 40th DAY. The sequel to the 2008 multi-platinum co-op
shooter, ARMY OF TWO: The 40th Day sees the return of the ultimate
two-man private military team, Salem and Rios. As the action heroes
fight for survival in a city under siege, the soldiers must make moral
choices cooperatively that affect the pair as a team. Each moral
decision sets players on a course that affects the gameplay and
direction of the storyline. Bachalo and Jock have been enlisted to
illustrate the long term impacts of these ‘morality moments’.

On July 24 and 25 from 2pm - 4pm PST during Comic-con, Chris Bachalo
will be signing original Army of Two: The 40th Day artwork at EA’s
booth (# 5213).

“Chris and Jock are amazingly talented artists. We’re excited that
they have been able to contribute these evocative illustrations to
depict the long-term consequences of the players’ key moral
decisions,” says Reid Schneider, Executive Producer EA Montreal.

“These new morality choices are an innovative new feature that we
believe will give a new layer to the cooperative experience in the
game. Chris and Jock’s work give players’ decisions real weight and
resonance,” added Alex Hutchinson, Creative Director EA Montreal.

Chris Bachalo has worked on several critically acclaimed comic series
including Sandman, Batman, Incredible Hulk, and Uncanny X-Men. He
recently collaborated with Jeph Loeb, a producer for the hit TV show
Heroes, to create the book Witching Hour and is currently working on
Marvels’ flagship title, The Amazing Spiderman. An award winning comic
artist from Britain, Jock is best known for his work with writer Andy
Diggle on Vertigo's The Losers and the DCU's and Green Arrow: Year
One. On top of creating production art for such films as Batman
Begins, Hancock, and the upcoming adaptations of Dune and Judge Dredd,
he's also illustrated stunning covers for DC Comics titles including
Batman, Nightwing, Catwoman, Azrael and Scalped, as well as Marvel
Comics Thunderbolts and Dark X-Men.

Army of Two: The 40th Day puts players in the shoes of two private
military contractors who suddenly find themselves trapped in the
middle of Shanghai as it falls under attack. The two must work as a
team to survive relentless enemy assaults and escape the city
collapsing around them. The 40th Day is built from the ground up to
deliver an organic and immersive cooperative experience. Featuring a
robust playbook of co-op moves, players execute strategic two-man
tactics and make game-changing decisions that result in a
one-of-a-kind action experience.

ARMY OF TWO: THE 40th DAY will be available this winter for the Xbox
360® videogame and entertainment system, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer
entertainment system and the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable).

For more information on ARMY OF TWO: THE 40th DAY please visit:
www.armyoftwo.com. For more information on EA Montreal, please visit
www.eamontreal.com or www.ea.com. Or follow us on Twitter at
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