announced today that America’s Army, the hit free 3D action game featuring real-world military combat, is coming to the Macintosh this summer, a month before the Linux version is anticipated for release.
The U.S. Army is using this week’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Calif. to unveil new roles and missions that will be incorporated into the game, which is freely available already for Windows users. It’s also publicizing its efforts with assaults at the LA Convention Center itself featuring instructors from the Army Air Assault School conducting mock insertions, rappelling from a Black Hawk helicopter.
More than 1.07 million players have already completed the game’s basic training mode, logging more than 130 million missions and 13 million hours of game play, according to the U.S. Army. Project director Col. Casey Wardynski said that the project has received a far more positive public reaction than they ever expected — good news, considering the U.S. Army developed the game as a potential recruitment tool.
The game will soon get Special Forces, Stryker Combat Brigade and Combat Medic missions. The missions will extend both single and multiplayer formats, according to the developers, will new progressive individual and collective training events within the game. Players can then progress to multiplayer operations in small units, with new roles ranging from Combat Medic to Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, ultimately working towards the goal of becoming a Green Beret.
Other enhancements expected for the new version of the game include new character models, an improved interface, and new game modes that incorporate friendly, enemy, and non-combatant AI.
The U.S. Army plans to release the Macintosh version of America’s Army in June.