'Spec Ops: The Line' Announced (Updated)

"I admit my methods are unconventional, but they are necessary," declares the debut trailer for upcoming over-the-shoulder Dubai-set shooter Spec Ops: The Line. BOOM video 3134

The trailer officially premiered during the Spike Video Game Awards, with the Yager-developed game coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Update: Spec Ops: The Line will pack "a new and exciting multiplayer experience that offers a unique perspective on the single-player storyline," according to a press release from publisher 2K Games and owner Take-Two, with a release expected during Take-Two's 2011 fiscal year (November 1, 2010 through October 31, 2011).

The press release described the game as a "provocative and gripping third-person modern military shooter that challenges players' morality," explaining:

Spec Ops: The Line unfolds within the destroyed opulence of Dubai. Once the playground for the world's wealthiest elite, Dubai has fallen victim to a series of cataclysmic sandstorms. The city's ultramodern architecture lies half-buried under millions of tons of sand. The very sand that blankets the city plays a marquee role in altering combat situations and serves as a powerful but unpredictable force that will both help and hinder players throughout the course of the game.

While most people have fled the now-barren wasteland before the sandstorms swept through, U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad and his loyal squad remained behind to protect those incapable of escape. Unable to reach anyone in Dubai after the storm hit, the U.S. Army feared Konrad and his team dead until they picked up a weak distress signal and launched a rescue operation. As U.S. Army Captain Martin Walker, you and your elite Delta Force team are sent to infiltrate the treacherous region to bring Konrad home. Players will experience "The Line", that razor's edge known only to men who deal in war. It is the line they cross when death and duty become one and the same. It is the end -- of self and sanity -- when their duty is done and only they remain.