7554: Vietnam's Call of Duty Coming Next Year

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7554: Vietnam's Call of Duty Coming Next Year

Vietnamese developer Emobi Games is working on the country's first-ever videogame for worldwide audiences, the Call of Duty-style 7554.

Crash course in history: the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu, fought between the communist Viet Minh insurgents and the French Far East Expeditionary Corps, ended in a decisive defeat for the French and quite literally changed the course of Vietnamese history. It signaled the end of French Indochina and set the table for the Vietnam War, making it one of the most pivotal moments in Vietnamese history. Now Emobi games thinks it's time to share it with the rest of the world.

7554 will put players in the boots of a Viet Minh fighter, squaring off against the French forces in the climactic battle of the First Indochina War. The French are better equipped and have a more robust military tradition; the Viet Minh have superior numbers in both soldiers and, unexpectedly, heavy artillery. The title of the game refers to the date that the French surrendered to the Vietnamese: 7 May, 1954.

"We wanted to create a game worthy of the current generation," Emobi Games Director Huy Nguyen Tuan told Kotaku. "No one in our country has created a current generation title. It was a little bit daunting and also very exciting to be breaking new ground. And when we decide to do it, we choose context that we are proud of. We set out to create a game that pays homage to those who stood up and protected our country. We wanted to make a game about one of our greatest battles, Dien Bien Phu."

A battle between a South-East Asian nation and its former colonial overlord may seem a bit limiting as a videogame setting, not to mention the potentially sticky subject matter, but Huy doesn't think it will be an issue. "Normandy and D-Day are not familiar battles with Vietnamese people, but we really love to play Call of Duty. It's a good game that is fun and challenging to play," he said. "We believe that gamers are accepting of other races, religions and beliefs that are not their own. We set out to make a game that gamers will enjoy playing."

In fact, he claimed it was a French movie about the battle - I'm guessing the 1992 film Dien Bien Phu - that inspired him to make the game and that French "friends" worked on it. "We didn't set out to create a politically touchy game with the French or anyone else. We set out to create a game that we can be proud of," he continued. "It is similar to the first Call of Duty: a fun game set in a historical backdrop. We hope that fans of FPS and military shooters around the world will give 7554 a chance."

The bargain-priced [it will apparently go for $12 at launch] PC-exclusive 7554 comes out in Vietnam on December 16 and is slated for release in North America in February 2012.

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Gamers accepting of other races?

Have you played online on the same server/in the same party full of people from different countries?

Ah well. For $12, I'll check it out I guess.

I hope the game is an enjoyable shooter. I don't expect it to be as flashy as the current gen of gaming but it will be good to see something from another point of view!

Its different, that's for sure.

Obviously this game looks very shitty if I were to compare it to most games made in the U.S. but hey, the guy seems very excited and enthusiastic about making it so I hope all goes well for them. And hey, you can't go wrong with a price that cheap.

Andy Chalk:
"We believe that gamers are accepting of other races, religions and beliefs that are not their own."

Yeah...right.

Nice, I'd like to see shooters aim for more unknown conflicts, like the battle of Dien Bien Phu (also it's fun to say). I'd like to see Ia Drang valley or the Burmese conflict as well, but maybe I just love my Indochinese history. Once the Vietnamese get that heavy artillery on the sides of the valley you know everything's going to go to hell.

Finally! A game that doesn't involve us western people going around saving the world!

I'd very much like to play this game if it ever comes out in Europe.
My history senses are tingling!

Interesting that this game will be released in North America, seeing as you will be playing in the shoes of what the Americans call, in basic terms, "The bad guys" of the Vietnam conflict.

Also: he has a warped view of the gaming community, espicially on FPS's.

Hell, even half the folk in Blacklight: Retribution are total wankers, and thats still in closed beta.

I think that the word similar is a bit of an understatement but at €10ish for essentially a throw back to the good old days of CoD in a different setting and possible different mechanics it seems like it will be worth getting.

Andy Chalk:

Crash course in history: the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu, fought between the communist Viet Minh insurgents and the French Far East Expeditionary Corps, ended in a decisive defeat for the French

That bold part must be the most redundant thing I've ever read. I mean, duh.

... Couldn't they just have modded CoD2?

It'd look exactly the same.

ArMartinez02:
Its different, that's for sure.

clever fellow.

Yeah judging by the video it looks really boring, actually. If I didn't read the article I'd think that was some old CoD footage or something. Looks incredibly dull. The only interesting thing is that it's a take from another perspective developer wise, as in the people making it.

For $12 dollars I'll try it. I mean I did like Call of Duty when it was accurate and had a point to it.

Yeah, why not.

Me55enger:
Interesting that this game will be released in North America, seeing as you will be playing in the shoes of what the Americans call, in basic terms, "The bad guys" of the Vietnam conflict.

Fox News is going to freak out 10x more than they did with Medal of Honor. Brace yourselves everyone.

OT: Looks interesting, playing a game were you're worse equipt suggests a heavy emphasis and guerrilla tactics. Plus this might be the first game ever based on Vietnam were we get the Vietcong side of the story.

poiumty:

Andy Chalk:

Crash course in history: the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu, fought between the communist Viet Minh insurgents and the French Far East Expeditionary Corps, ended in a decisive defeat for the French

That bold part must be the most redundant thing I've ever read. I mean, duh.

Is this a 'French surrender monkeys' thing? Or a 'decisive defeat' thing? I'm pretty sure he used decisive because it wasn't just a lost battle, it effectively lost them the war in Vietnam.

I'm definitely buying this, even if only to support a military FPS setting that does not automatically put you inside a western knobhead yelling "AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!" every two minutes of gameplay. The western propaganda is getting old by now. This might show a little more respect to the setting of warfare, or at least it's got the potential for it.

Looks interesting, if it hits Europe I may just check it out.
Also did anyone else think the style is reminiscent of Return to Castle Wolfenstein?

Deviate:
I'm definitely buying this, even if only to support a military FPS setting that does not automatically put you inside a western knobhead yelling "AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!" every two minutes of gameplay. The western propaganda is getting old by now. This might show a little more respect to the setting of warfare, or at least it's got the potential for it.

To be honest, with Vietnamese censorship laws it's more likely that it'll just be 'VIETNAM, FUCK YEAH!' instead of America. Which is still an interesting alternative nonetheless.

This is among the first FPS games in a long time that I actually have an interest in. Less for the gameplay and more for the story.

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Really?

this is great, now make me a game where i am some poor japanese soldier in WW2 who is in possession of a bag of letters (just soldiers writing home) and tries to get this off the island before the whole thing gets bombed to kingdom come. Oh and have me shoot chinese civilians in a flashback. and at the end, when he dies the allied soldier find the letters, make fun of the symbols and decide to use them as toilet paper.

ok...
i got a little carried away there.

It looks kinda boring. AI is stupid, guns sound like you're chopping wood, and it just looks bland and devoid of atmosphere. And they are trying too hard to be like CoD. They even have those slow-mo room breaches. I'd rather spend my money (even if it is $12) on other indie titles. I just don't have the stomach for military shooters anymore. Even less for bad military shooters.

At least it's not another shooter about Americans saving the world.

Appropriate era weapons (did I see a Nambu? The fuck?), if this was done by Treyarch everyone would wield XM8s, ACRs and SCARs complete with ACOGs and under-barrel flamethrowers.

Wait, what? AWESOME! Why haven't I heard about this before? This actually looks like the older CoD games, that used a historical background to dump you into massive battles. I hope it has co-op, please?!

*cue American fanboyism*
Those damn commies, we beat their ass back in Vietnam and now they want to make a game where America doesn't save the world? I say we start another war, show 'em who's boss around here.
*uncue*

OT: This sounds interesting, even though I won't be buying nor playing it, I applaud them for trying something new, that's a HELL of a lot more than what can be said for most game companies nowadays.

...I don't know. I'm kind of sick of all the Call of Battlefields at this point. I mean, I do like historical context and such, but whatever.

teebeeohh:
this is great, now make me a game where i am some poor japanese soldier in WW2 who is in possession of a bag of letters (just soldiers writing home) and tries to get this off the island before the whole thing gets bombed to kingdom come. Oh and have me shoot chinese civilians in a flashback. and at the end, when he dies the allied soldier find the letters, make fun of the symbols and decide to use them as toilet paper.

ok...
i got a little carried away there.

no, Germany should get a game first. Japan already has it too easy with how their viewed in regards to WW2.

Magefeanor:
Finally! A game that doesn't involve us western people going around saving the world!

SKYRIM WINS BY VAGUE GUIDELINES!
OT: That's nice.

Historical and Call of Duty post [email protected] and 1-3?

Pfft..

Not possible....

Call of Duty should team up w/ .....ummm...Star Wars!.. Call of Vader: We are 501st...its cheap...cheesy..and Lucas and Activision all roll in money!

Honestly, if we can still make games where it's acceptable to go round shooting the Russians, I don't see why there should be a problem with a game where you can go round shooting the French.

Obviously as an Englishman, such a game would automatically be my game of the year.

I kid, I kid, I love the French really... especially their women...

Its nice to see an game that doesn't have the Russians or terrorists as the baddies for once. Then again, I am starting to get really tired of these generic FPS's, and I don't think an change who I shoot at will be enough to change that feeling.

Though 12$ really is a bargain >.>

soooo fighting the French now are we?
as if CoD-style FPS games' campaigns aren't short enough already

I kid I kid :P took a great class about the Vietnam Conflict. was very eye opening. a pity Black Ops didn't really deliver on that front

Andy Chalk:

A battle between a South-East Asian nation and its former colonial overlord may seem a bit limiting as a videogame setting, not to mention the potentially sticky subject matter.

Actually it's not potentially sticky at all. As someone who studied Vietnamese history and lived in Vietnam for a period, I can tell you Dien Bien Phu is to the Vietnamese what Stalingrad is to the Russians. Just because the French were on the winning side a decade earlier in WW2 doesn't make their presence in Vietnam legitimate in any way. In fact, the French high-tailed it and ran when the Japanese invaded, and the liberation of the country was conducted mostly by Ho Chi Minh's guerilla fighters, with some US assistance. Then, upon the end of the war, the French expected to just walk straight back into Vietnam and continue ruling the country - and the US abandoned the people who'd actually won the war in Indochina and backed the French re-occupation on the grounds of solidarity in Europe.

If that's not bad enough, when things started to look dire at Dien Bien Phu, the French petitioned the US to use atomic bombs on Hanoi and the Vietnamese army, and Eisenhower actually agreed in principle. There's really nothing sticky here at all: it's about as clear cut as right and wrong can possibly get.

Well, it looks pretty bad. But I'm interested to see how much self-glorifying they do.

I think there should be a lot more of this, games which portray historical events from a different perspective. As other posters have said, let's have a game in which you play as German or Japanese soldiers in WWII. It doesn't need to be all losses, either. The initial Axis aggression would be quite enjoyable game material.

However, I'm not so fond of military fps games in general these days. This game will probably be quite boring.

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